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China: Further Information: Detained activist ends hunger strike: Yang Maodong (aka Guo Feixiong)

Imprisoned Chinese Human Rights Defender Yang Maodong (better known by his pen name Guo Feixiong) ended his hunger strike on 18 August after being moved to another prison and promised humane treatment. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally.

Date:
29 August 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 17/4718/2016
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

China: End relentless repression against human rights lawyers on first anniversary of crackdown

Chinese authorities must end their ruthless assault against human rights lawyers and activists, Amnesty International said ahead of the first anniversary of the start of an unprecedented crackdown. At least 248 human rights lawyers and activists were targeted during the nationwide sweep which began on 9 July 2015. One year on, 17 individuals caught up in the onslaught remain detained, eight of whom could face life imprisonment after being charged with “subverting state power”.

Date:
7 July 2016
  • Campaigns
  • China
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

China: Returned activists at risk of unfair trial

Two Chinese activists, Jiang Yefei and Dong Guangping, are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and unfair trial. The two were recognized as refugees by the UN’s Refugee Agency, but were forcibly returned to China from Thailand in violation of international law. One had been held in incommunicado detention for more than six months and the other’s whereabouts remain unknown.

Date:
27 May 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 17/4115/2016
  • Campaigns
  • China
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

China: Further information: Activists still at risk of torture of torture in detention

The whereabouts of two missing activists, Tang Zhishun and Xing Qingxian, are finally known after their family members revealed arrest notices dated 4 May. The two went missing on 6 October 2015, after they were detained in Myanmar while helping the son of detained lawyers leave China. They are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Date:
24 May 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 17/4090/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Egypt
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

15 brilliant human rights wins in March!

March was an incredible month for human rights – activists were released, unfair laws were changed, and people who committed serious human rights abuses were brought to justice. We’ve picked out 15 successes, wins and pieces of good news, and they were all made possible thanks to your support. 1. Egypt: Teen who challenged torture released after more than two years 20-year-old Mahmoud Hussein (pictured above) was released from prison in Egypt after spending more than two years behind bars for wearing an anti-torture t-shirt.

Date:
31 March 2016
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

China: Harsh prison sentences against Guo Feixiong and two other activists the latest act of political persecution

The six-year prison sentence against leading Chinese human rights campaigner Guo Feixiong for his peaceful advocacy of human rights and political reforms is a clear-cut act of political persecution, said Amnesty International today, as it called for his and two other activists immediate and unconditional release. Guo Feixiong, 48, the better-known pen-name of writer and human rights advocate Yang Maodong, was convicted of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, by a court in Guangzhou, southern China.

Date:
27 November 2015
  • Campaigns
  • United States of America
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

10 ways your words are changing lives

As we get ready for Write for Rights 2015, our global letter-writing marathon, we look at how your words and ongoing campaigning made change happen after the 2014 campaign. 1. Freedom in Nigeria The Governor of Delta State responded to pressure from Amnesty supporters and granted a full pardon to Moses Akatugba, who had been sentenced to death aged 16 for stealing three phones. 2. Investigating torture in the Philippines The Philippines police announced that letters sent by a “human rights organisation” – which we can confidently say is Amnesty International – have prompted them to investigate the shocking torture of Jerryme Corre, who was electrocuted, punched and threatened with death.

Date:
13 November 2015
  • News
  • China
  • Unfair Trials

China: Torture and forced confessions rampant amid systematic trampling of lawyers’ rights

China’s criminal justice system is still heavily reliant on forced confessions obtained through torture and ill-treatment, with lawyers who persist in raising claims of abuse often threatened, harassed, or even detained and tortured themselves, Amnesty International said in a new report released today. The report, No End in Sight, documents how criminal justice reforms hailed as human rights advances by the Chinese government have in reality done little to change the deep-rooted practice of torturing suspects to extract forced confessions.

Date:
12 November 2015