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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…

May 17, 2013


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…

February 22, 2013


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…

December 26, 2012


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.

August 8, 2011


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…

February 24, 2011