Cases in China

 

 

 

 

Chen Kegui is the nephew of renowned Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng. He was arrested in April 2012 and served a three year and three month sentence in retaliation for his uncle’s criticism of the government. He was released in July 2015.

 

Gao Zhisheng is one of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers. He was disappeared by the Chinese government on April 20, 2010 and ultimately served five years in prison for “inciting subversion.” He was abducted again in September 2017 and his whereabouts remain unknown.

 

Liu Xiaobo was a Chinese scholar, renowned dissident, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate sentenced to 11 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power” in December 2009 for his role in drafting Charter 08. Dr. Liu was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in May 2017 and released on medical parole the following month to undergo treatment. He passed away on July 13, 2017.

Dr. Yang Jianli is a scholar and democracy activist who was imprisoned by the Chinese government in April 2002 for espionage and illegal entry. He was freed on April 27, 2007.

Selected documents from Cases in China's case
12 Nobel Peace Laureates Urge Release of Liu Xiaobo and Liu XiaOctober 20, 2015

Freedom Now statement on letter from 12 Nobel Peace Laureates

A Dissident's WifeMarch 28, 2011

New York Times op-ed by Geng He (wife of Gao Zhisheng)

A World Away from China, Geng He Seeks Justice for Her Dissident HusbandFebruary 17, 2012

Washington Post Style Section article chronicling the advocacy efforts of Freedom Now and Gao Zhisheng's wife, Geng He.

Again, Where is Gao Zhisheng?October 27, 2010

Wall Street Journal (Asia) editorial highlighting the detention and disappearance of Gao Zhisheng.

Associated Press ArticleJanuary 20, 2004

Reporting on statements by members of the U.S. Congress calling for the release of Dr. Yang Jianli on his 1000th day in detention.

Canada Can Help an Imprisoned Chinese HeroMarch 11, 2010

The Mark op-ed by David Kilgour.

China Must Release Liu Xiaobo - Or Lose Its CredibilityDecember 5, 2010

Observer op-ed by Václav Havel and Desmond Tutu.

China's Missing Human Rights LawyerMarch 19, 2010

International Herald Tribune op-ed by Jerome A. Cohen and Beth Schwanke.

China's Rule of Law: Go After the LawyersApril 9, 2013

Washington Post op-ed by Geng He and Chen Guangcheng.

Criminalizing DissentNovember 1, 2010

Ottawa Citizen op-ed by Irwin Cotler

Dear President Trump: Please Let Liu Xiaobo Dies As A Free ManJune 27, 2017

An op-ed by Jared Genser and Yang Jianli upon the release of Liu Xiaobo on medical parole.

Demanding Justice for Gao ZhishengFebruary 27, 2014

Wall Street Journal op-ed by Jared Genser.

Desmond Tutu's Plea: Stand Up for Liu XiaoboJune 3, 2013

Los Angeles Times op-ed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Jared Genser.

Do We Have to Wait 30 Years for Human Rights in China?January 21, 2011

Washington Post editorial by Fred Hiatt.

Empty Chairs in Oslo Speak VolumesNovember 11, 2010

Wall Street Journal (Asia) op-ed by Jerome A. Cohen and Eva Pils.

Family Petition (Chinese)March 12, 2004

Submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on behalf of Dr. Yang Jianli.

Family Petition (English)March 14, 2004

Submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on behalf of Dr. Yang Jianli.

Free Liu XiaoboOctober 8, 2012

Huffington Post op-ed by Jared Genser.

Grace Geng Speaks to the BBCOctober 28, 2011

BBC interview with Grace Geng (daughter of Gao Zhisheng).

Harmful EffectsJanuary 26, 2012

South China Morning Post op-ed by Jerome A. Cohen and Jared Genser.

If China Frees Nobel Winner, It Will Show Its StrengthOctober 22, 2010

Washington Post op-ed by Václav Havel and Desmond M. Tutu.

In China, Repression is a Family AffairApril 26, 2013

Wall Street Journal (Asia) op-ed by Jared Genser.

Letter from 11 Members of the Canadian ParliamentNovember 4, 2010

Urging Prime Minister Harper to raise the cases of Gao Zhisheng and Liu Xoaobo during the G-20 Summit.

Letter from 134 Nobel LaureatesDecember 4, 2012

Calling for the release of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia.

Letter from 14 Members of the UK House of LordsNovember 5, 2010

Urging Prime Minister Cameron to raise the cases of Gao Zhisheng and Liu Xiaobo during the G-20 Summit.

Letter from 15 Nobel Peace Prize LaureatesOctober 25, 2010

Calling on world leaders to press for the release Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia during the G-20 Summit.

Letter from 154 Nobel Laureates to President Xi JinpingJune 29, 2017

154 Nobel Laureates Urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to Allow Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia to Travel to the US for Medical Treatment

Letter from 30 Members of the U.S. CongressJanuary 14, 2011

Calling on President Obama to highlight individual prisoner cases, including Liu Xiaobo and Gao Zhisheng, during bilateral meetings.

Letter from 30 Members of the U.S. CongressOctober 6, 2010

Calling on President Obama to raise the cases of Liu Xiaobo and Gao Zhisheng during the G-20 Summit.

Letter from 40 U.S. Senators and 119 Members of CongressApril 10, 2006

Urging the U.S. President to raise the case of Dr. Yang Jianli personally during bilateral discussions.

Letter from 8 Members of the U.S. CongressMay 10, 2013

Urging the U.S. Secretary of State to intervene on behalf of Chen Kegui in light of his severe mistreatment and dire health condition

Liu Case Lost in Keen Bid for TradeJuly 26, 2013

The Australian op-ed by Jared Genser.

Liu Xiaobo Deserved the Nobel PrizeJanuary 4, 2011

Ottawa Citizen op-ed by David Kilgour.

Liu Xiaobo's Dreams of a Democratic China Will Never DieJuly 13, 2017

Op-ed by Jared Genser in U.S. News and World Report after the passing of Liu Xiaobo

Media Release: Freedom Now Welcomes Release of Chen KeguiAugust 5, 2015

Freedom Now statement on release of Chen Kegui

Mr. Obama, Speak Up for Human Rights in ChinaJanuary 19, 2011

Washington Post op-ed by former Freedom Now client Dr. Yang Jianli.

NGO LetterJune 6, 2013

Calling on President Obama to raise the "China 16" during bilateral meetings.

Nobel Prize and Human RightsOctober 13, 2011

Korea Times op-ed by Jared Genser.

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionJune 4, 2003

Finding the imprisonment of Dr. Yang Jianli arbitrary under international law.

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionNovember 19, 2010

Finding the imprisonment of Gao Zhisheng to be arbitrary under international law.

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionAugust 1, 2011

Finding the detention of Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia to be arbitrary under international law.

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionDecember 9, 2002

Submitted on behalf of Dr. Yang Jianli.

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionJanuary 11, 2011

Submitted on behalf of Gao Zhisheng.

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionMarch 9, 2010

Submitted on behalf of Gao Zhisheng.

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionNovember 4, 2010

Submitted on behalf of Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia.

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionSeptember 24, 2013

Submitted on behalf of Chen Kegui

Petition to the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary DisappearancesFebruary 4, 2010

Submitted on behalf of Gao Zhisheng.

Petition to the UN Working Group on Enforced of Involuntary DisappearancesAugust 1, 2017

Petition to the UN Working Group on Enforced of Involuntary Disappearances on behalf of Liu Xia

Petition to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary DisappearancesFebruary 27, 2014

Submitted on behalf of Gao Zhisheng.

PicturesApril 24, 2003

Of the candlelight vigil with members of the U.S. Congress on the anniversary of the detention of Dr. Yang Jianli.

Please Return My FatherOctober 27, 2010

Wall Street Journal (Asia) op-ed by Grace Geng (daughter of Gao Zhisheng).

President Obama Makes Hu Jintao Look Good on RightsJanuary 20, 2011

Washington Post editorial.

Press ReleaseApril 20, 2003

Announcing a candlelight vigil with members of the U.S. Congress on the one-year anniversary of the detention of Dr. Yang Jianli.

Press ReleaseApril 20, 2004

Announcing a press conference with members of the U.S. Congress on the second anniversary of the detention of Dr. Yang Jianli.

Press ReleaseAugust 5, 2010

Announcing that Gao Zhisheng received the American Bar Association's 2010 International Human Rights Lawyer Award.

Press ReleaseFebruary 4, 2010

China Holds Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Incommunicado for One Year: New Legal Team Files Petition to United Nations.

Press ReleaseMarch 8, 2010

Prominent Dissident Lawyer's Wife Confirms that Gao is Alive; Urges Chine to Allow Him to Come to the U.S.

Press ReleaseDecember 10, 2010

Deploring the decision by the Chinese government to prevent Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia from attending the 2010 Nobel Prize ceremony.

Press ReleaseOctober 10, 2010

Announcing that Liu Xiaobo's wife Liu Xia has been detained under house arrest.

Press ReleaseOctober 8, 2010

Freedom Now Client Liu Xiaobo selected as 2010 recipient of Nobel Peace Prize: statement from Liu Xiaobo's wife Liu Xia.

Press ReleaseDecember 8, 2011

Announcing the launch of the Committee of Support to Liu Xiaobo.

Press ReleaseFebruary 27, 2013

New Global Effort to Free Liu Xiaobo: 450,000 citizens in 130 countries join 134 Nobel Laureates in calling for release of Liu Xiaobo.

Q&A: Daughter Longs to Reunite with Chinese Dissident DadNovember 25, 2010

Voice of America interview with Grace Geng (daughter of Gao Zhisheng).

Resolution of the Canadian Parliament's Subcommittee on International Human RightsDecember 14, 2010

Passed in the Subcommittee unanimously and congratulating Liu Xiaobo on the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

Ritual AbuseFebruary 18, 2010

South China Morning Post op-ed by Beth Schwanke.

Senate Resolution 184May 25, 2003

Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Yang Jianli.

Senate Resolution in Honor of Liu XiaoboMay 18, 2017

Sen. Ted Cruz introduced a resolution to rename the plaza in front of the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C. as "Liu Xiaobo Plaza."

Submission to the Committee against TortureOctober 22, 2015

Submission to the Committee against Torture regarding the treatment of Liu Xia

Submission to the UN High Commissioner for Human RightsMarch 4, 2013

Report submitted by Freedom Now on the use of arbitrary detention by the Government of the People's Republic of China as part of the Universal Periodic Review process of the UN Human Rights Council.

Testimony of Geng He (Wife of Gao Zhisheng)February 14, 2012

Before the Congressional Executive Commission on China ("Hearing on Prominent, Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng").

Testimony of Jared GenserMay 5, 2004

Before the Canadian House of Commons Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Development of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Testimony of Jared GenserApril 9, 2013

Before the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Investigations ("Chen Guangcheng and Gao Zhisheng: Human Rights in China").

Testimony of Jared GenserFebruary 14, 2012

Before the Congressional Executive Commission on China ("Hearing on Prominent, Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng").

Testimony of Jared GenserJuly 25, 2012

Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs ("Investigating the Chinese Threat: Human Rights Abuses, Torture and Disappearances").

Testimony of Patrick GriffithDecember 12, 2012

Before the Congressional Executive Commission on China ("Two Years Later: The Ongoing Detentions of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and His Wife Liu Xia").

The Ordeal of China's Liu XiaMarch 30, 2014

Wall Street Journal op-ed by Desmond M. Tutu and Jared Genser.

The Silencing of Gao ZhishengMay 31, 2010

Wall Street Journal op-ed by Jerome A. Cohen and Beth Schwanke.

The U.S. Must Speak Out Against China's OffensesFebruary 4, 2010

Washington Post op-ed by Geng He (wife of Gao Zhisheng).

The West Must Not Forget Liu Xiaobo's PlightAugust 1, 2011

The Times (London) op-ed by Jared Genser.

To Combat China’s Crackdown on Dissidents A New Strategy is NeededOctober 28, 2013

Washington Post op-ed by Jared Genser.

U.S. House of Representatives Resolution 1717December 8, 2010

Congratulating imprisoned Chinese democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo on the award of the 201 Nobel Peace Prize.

U.S. House of Representatives Resolution 199June 25, 2003

Urging the U.S. President to raise the case of Dr. Yang Jianli personally during bilateral talks.

U.S. Senate Resolution 554September 13, 2012

Calling on the Government of the People's Republic of China to facilitate the immediate and unconditional release of Gao Zhisheng.

UN Calls for Liu Xiaobo's ReleaseAugust 7, 2011

Voice of America editorial.

UN Experts Denounce Secret Detention of Gao ZhishengDecember 23, 2012

Press Release from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announcing a statement by UN experts condemning the continued detention of Gao Zhisheng.

Urgent Appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on TortureApril 29, 2013

Submitted on behalf of Chen Kegui