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Mao Hengfeng Released in China!

On February 8, 2013 Mao Hengfeng was released to serve the rest of her term at home. She thanks everyone who campaigned on her behalf, and her husband believes she is home again due to the international and domestic calls for her release.

November 6, 2012 • Press Release

Chinese Authorities Must Release Women’s Rights Activist Mao Hengfeng

The Chinese authorities must immediately release prominent women’s rights activist, Mao Hengfeng, who has been sentenced to one and a half years in a labor camp.


Mao Hengfeng's Bittersweet Homecoming

China has released human rights defender Mao Hengfeng. However, her most recent bout of detention and torture has left her life at urgent risk.


Mao Hengfeng

Mao Hengfeng, a Shanghai-based human rights defender has been repeatedly detained because of her work for human rights in China. She was subjected to torture and ill-treatment by the authorities.


Mao Hengfeng Is Free In China!

We have great news to report — Mao Hengfeng was released unexpectedly yesterday, six months before the end of her sentence. She had been detained since March 2010 for protesting the arrest of Liu Xiaobo, a prominent human rights defender and Nobel Peace Prize winner.


Annual Report: China 2013

People’s Republic of China Head of state Hu Jintao Head of government Wen Jiabao The authorities maintained a stranglehold on political activists, human rights defenders and online activists, subjecting many to harassment, intimidation, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance. At least 130 people were detained or otherwise restricted to stifle criticism and prevent protests ahead of …


10 Absurd and Unjust Arrests of 2012

You might be surprised to learn what can get you thrown in jail in a few places around the world, and how harsh the sentences are once you’re there. Every year, people are arrested and thrown in jail for exercising their basic human rights. Here is a list of some of the most absurd of 2012.


Detention and Torture: Just Another Day in the Life of a Human Rights Defender in China

This post is part of our Write for Rights series. Mao Hengfeng has been repeatedly detained and tortured for her advocacy on behalf of women’s reproductive rights and the victims of forced evictions in China. Mao herself has been forcibly injected with drugs, fired by her employer, detained in a psychiatric hospital and beaten because …

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