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Gong Liwen , mother of Li Hai, a human rights activist jailed in 1995 for making public a list of individuals sentenced to prison terms for their participation in the 1989 demonstrations, wrote a letter of appeal to US President George Bush on September 23, 2001, asking him to help get Li Hai out...
Corporate complicity in the development of surveillance technology In a path-breaking report issued in November 2001, the Canadian group Rights & Democracy exposed the involvement of Canadian telecoms giant Nortel in helping security agencies in China snoop on phone conversations and Internet...
Punished for providing a public service
The following News Update covers the period from October 2001 - February 2002 SENTENCES
HRIC is frequently asked, “What can I do to make a difference?” This page gives suggestions on what you can do in specific areas of concern. URGENT MEDICAL CONCERN
Ma Wenlin was sentenced to a five-year prison term in November 1999 for “disrupting social order” and “illegally detaining” a county official. Ma, a lawyer from Shaanxi Province, represented 5,000 farmers in a lawsuit against unfair taxes and contributed to efforts petitioning leaders in Beijing to...
Yang Zi remembers Wang Ruowang Writer and dissident Wang Ruowang passed away on December 19, 2001, in New York at the age of 83. Wang Yu spoke to his wife, Yang Zi , about her husband’s lifelong struggle for freedom, democracy and human rights in China, and their life in exile from their native...
Consider the fates of the two men whose cases are described at the beginning and the end of this issue of China Rights Forum. Li Shaomin , a naturalized US citizen and an academic, is now free, after being convicted of espionage in July and deported from China. He is still confused about why he was...
OLYMPICS While HRIC maintained a neutral stance on whether or not Beijing should host the 2008 Olympic Games, the organization used the opportunity of the debate over this matter to draw attention to potential abuses that could occur in China’s preparation for the Games. Most notably, HRIC urged...

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