Xu Zhangrun

In February 2020, Xu was placed under house arrest for penning an essay in which he discussed China’s repressive response to the novel coronavirus. In March 2019, administrators at… More

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Tashi Wangchuk

Tashi has publicly advocated for Tibetan language rights in both education and government, drawing persecution from the state. In 2016, he was secretly detained and incommunicado for two months.… More

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Tsering Woeser

An award-winning Tibetan writer, Woeser was placed under house arrest in 2008 and again in 2014 for her activism for Tibetan rights. Her books are currently banned in China… More

Liu Tianyi Tianyi

Graphic novelist Tianyi was sentenced to ten and a half years in prison in 2018 for making and selling obscene material. Her self-published novel Gongzhan is about a forbidden… More

Lu Jianhua Wen Yu

After a 90 minute secret trial, Lu was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2006 for leaking state secrets. Lu is a prominent sociologist and research professor, and… More

Lü Gengsong

In 2016, Lü was sentenced to 11 years in prison on national security grounds for publishing critical articles overseas and meeting with other activists. His daughter reports that his… More

Qin Yongmin

Qin Yongmin is a writer, activist, and the co-founder of the Democratic Party of China. On May 6, 2015, he was arrested for inciting subversion of state power. In… More

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Zhang Jialong

Journalist and blogger Zhang’s outspoken criticism of Chinese government censorship led to his August 2019 detention. His wife learned in December 2019 that he is expected to face charges… More

Wang Jianmin

Wang, a U.S. national, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2014 on business-related charges for publishing two political gossip magazines. He was released in March 2019 upon… More

Chen Shuqing

Chen, a pro-democracy activist and writer, was sentenced to ten and a half years in prison after being found guilty of “inciting to subvert state power.” Since the start… More