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China: Imminent execution for former government official: Zhao Liping

A former government official has been sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in the killing of a young woman. His family has raised serious concerns about whether he received a fair trial and he alleges that he gave a “confession” after being subjected to torture and other ill-treatment. His execution could be imminent.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6326/2017
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Further information: China: Activists indicted for commemorating Tiananmen: Fu Hailu, Chen Bing, Zhang Junyong and Luo Fuyu

Four activists have been indicted for “inciting subversion of state power” for producing and promoting their own baijiu (a popular Chinese liquor) that commemorated the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown. They are considered to be prisoners of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

Date:
17 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6262/2017
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China: Human rights lawyer released on bail amid relentless crackdown

The release of Xie Yang on bail does not represent a break in China’s relentless crackdown against human rights lawyers, Amnesty International said today. Xie Yang was tried in Changsha City Intermediate People’s Court in southern China on 8 May for “inciting subversion of state power” and “disrupting court order” and apparently released on bail even though a verdict has not been announced. “This unusual sequence of events does nothing to alleviate the concerns about torture in this case,” said Patrick Poon, China Researcher at Amnesty International.

Date:
10 May 2017
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4.6 million actions for Write for Rights!

Amnesty supporters around the world outdid themselves this Write for Rights 2016. Together, you wrote an amazing 4,660,774 letters, emails, tweets and much more. Among those messages were words of support that made all the difference to the many whose rights we were writing for. Here are just a few of their personal thankyou notes to you. "It brought me to tears to see all the letters that Amnesty International had collected.

Date:
28 April 2017
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  • China
  • Detention

China: Disclose the whereabouts of two Tibetans who attempted self-immolation

Wangchuk Tseten and Pema Gyaltsen were taken away by police after attempting self-immolations. Amnesty International calls on the Chinese government to immediately inform the families their whereabouts, or, if they are no longer alive, return the bodies of the deceased individuals to their family members. The Chinese government should also stop harassing, intimidating, attacking and arbitrarily detaining their family members and others accused of being involved with the self-immolations.

Date:
21 April 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6098/2017
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China's deadly secret

That China remains among the world’s top executioners is no secret. According to Amnesty International’s latest global review of the death penalty, the number of death sentences handed out each year in the country is estimated to be in the thousands, a figure believed to be more than all other countries in the world put together. What remains a secret is the sheer scale of these executions; most information related to the death penalty is classified as “state secrets” under the country’s secrecy laws.

Date:
12 April 2017
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Death Penalty: World’s biggest executioner China must come clean about ‘grotesque’ level of capital punishment

1,032 executions worldwide in 2016, down 37% from 2015 (1,634)        Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan join China as world’s top five executioners USA not among top five for first time since 2006, with lowest number of executions since 1991 China investigation discredits claims of openness Viet Nam state killing spree revealed   China's horrifying use of the death penalty remains one of the country’s deadly secrets, as the authorities continue to execute thousands of people each year, Amnesty International said in its 2016 global review of the death penalty published today.

Date:
11 April 2017
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  • China
  • Death Penalty

China's Deadly Secrets

The Chinese government continues to conceal the extent to which capital punishment is being used in China, despite more than four decades of requests from UN bodies and the international community and despite the Chinese authorities’ own pledges to bring about increased openness in the country’s criminal justice system. This report focuses on the extent to which the authorities maintain near absolute secrecy over the death penalty system, while using partial and generally unverifiable disclosures to claim progress and reject demands for greater transparency.

Date:
10 April 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/5849/2017
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US China Summit: Rolling back human rights will unleash a more dangerous world

Any absence of human rights from the agenda of the first meeting between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping, due to take place in Florida on Thursday and Friday, would risk emboldening governments across the globe to pursue divisive, toxic and dehumanizing politics, Amnesty International said today. “As two of the most powerful leaders in the world today, what President Trump and President Xi say and do on human rights reverberates far beyond their two borders.

Date:
5 April 2017
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

China: Callous guilty verdicts against supporters of Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

The Chinese authorities’ relentless attack on human rights activists continues as two supporters of Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy protests became the latest to be convicted, Amnesty International said, as it called for their immediate and unconditional release. A court in Foshan city, southern China, on Friday sentenced women’s rights activist Su Changlan to three years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power”.

Date:
31 March 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

China: Taiwan NGO worker detained on vague national security charges

The Chinese authorities’ detention of a Taiwanese NGO worker on vague national security grounds raises fears the authorities are broadening their attack against those carrying out legitimate activism, Amnesty International said today, as it urged the authorities to provide further details for his detention. On Wednesday, Chinese officials confirmed that Lee Ming-cheh was being held on suspicion of “endangering national security”.

Date:
29 March 2017