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Based on real-life experiences and enacted by a group of petitioners and rights activists from Nantong, Jiangsu, this docudrama shows what typically happens to petitioners when they are detained—often in unofficial places of detention, black jails—without formal charges, and sometimes without...
Yao Cheng, a friend of Zhang Lin’s and the owner of the apartment in Hefei where Zhang temporarily lived, said in his article that the police came to search his apartment without legal permission and advance notice, and then kidnapped Zhang’s daughter. Photos of Zhang Anni and Zhang Lin.
In his article , rights activist Zhang Lin describes the kidnapping of his 10-year-old daughter and her 20-hour illegal detention in Hefei and Bengbu, Anhui Province, on February 27 and 28. Police also searched Zhang’s home in Hefei, took away his keys, mobile, and computer. Photos of Zhang Anni...
[Black Jails]Four Shanghainese petitioners were intercepted by authorities on July 20, 2012 as they attempted to go to Beidaihe District, Hebei Province for a weekend trip. The four were detained and forcibly returned to Shanghai. Li Yufang (李玉芳) writes of two of the petitioners' experiences upon...
Xu Shunmei (徐顺妹) , a petitioner from Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, had attempted to petition in Beijing to reveal the seizure of her village’s land by local government through the collusion between local government officials and businesses. She recounts in this video, which is in Chinese, her...

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