A partial list of disappeared individuals under the Chinese regime (9 April 2011)
AiWeiwei (艾未未), artist, seized by police at Beijing’sCapital Airport and prevented from boarding a flight to Hong Kong on 3 April.Officials have yet to release any information about his whereabouts. Ai becomesthe most prominent victim of the current crackdown; dozens of individuals haveso far been detained, arrested or ‘disappeared’.
Buddha (34), who graduated from medical college in Chongqing, is amedical doctor by profession and works as an editor and writer in his sparetime. He published the essay 'Hindsight and reflection' under the pen name'Buddha' in Shar Dungri (for a translation. At his trial, Buddha challenged thenotion that his writings provided evidence of the charge, saying: "I don'tthink this is criminal evidence. Many Chinese writers have written similararticles, like Wang Lixiong and Yu Jie, for example. There are many, butbecause they are Chinese, there is no punishment. Since we are a minority people,you are considering this a crime. If this is the reason for which we are guiltyby law, then we are not treated equally as Chinese citizens and it is a heavyload on our hearts." During the trial, there had been moving scenes in theNgaba courtroom when the defendants were allowed a few minutes with theirfamilies and Buddha tried to pick up his two year son but failed because hisarms were chained.
ChangKun (常坤), 27-year-old HIV/AIDS activist who wasknocked unconscious and had to be rushed to a hospital after local officialsviolently disrupted a meeting he organized in Linquan County, Anhui Province.Chang was marking the one-year anniversary of Chang Kun’s Home AIBO YouthCenter, a gathering place for local students and center for education projectsfocusing on health, human rights, and internet freedom.
ChenWei (陈卫), 42, a rights activist based in SuiningCity, Sichuan Province, was formally arrested for “inciting subversion of statepower” on March 28. Chen was criminally detained for “inciting subversion ofstate power” on February 20 after police in Suining called him for “tea” thatsame morning. Officers and security guards later searched his home,confiscating a computer, two hard drives and a USB drive. He is currently beingheld at the Suining City Detention Center. Chen was a 1989 Tiananmen studentprotester when he was studying at the Beijing Institute of Technology, majoringin mechanical engineering. He was imprisoned in Qincheng prison and released inJanuary 1991. In May 1992, Chen was again arrested for commemorating June4 and organizing a political party, and was sentenced to five years in prison.In the past several years, Chen has emerged as a leader in organizing humanrights actions in Sichuan.
ChengLi (成力), one of the four artists who disappearedafter a group performance of dozens of artists at the Beijing Museum ofContemporary Art. The art performance touched on the current crackdown onfreedom of expression and the "Jasmine Revolution," and as a resultfour artists were detained. On March 24, he was criminally detained for "causinga disturbance" by officers from the Songzhuang police station in Beijing. He is currently being held in the Taihu Detention Center in Beijing'sTongzhou District.
ChengWanyun (程婉芸), 41, is a Beijing-based netizenoriginally from Sichuan Province. She was summoned by Beijing police onFebruary 26 and criminally detained for “creating a disturbance” and“obstructing public safety” the next day. Her computer was also confiscated. On March 28, Cheng was released on bail to await trial and will be subjected toone year of “public surveillance” (guanzhi). During her detention in TongzhouDistrict Detention Center, Cheng was interrogated seven times mainly about herwritings on QQ groups about the revolutions in the Middle East, whether she hasbeen “exploited by someone else” or been part of a wider network ororganization.
Dhondup Wangchen was detained in March 2008, soon after they completedfilming interviews for a documentary 'Leaving Fear Behind' featuring Tibetansin a Tibetan area of Qinghai expressing their views on the Dalai Lama, theOlympic Games, and Chinese laws. He had filmed more than 100 Tibetans, most ofwhom chose to speak on camera without concealing their identities. The film wassmuggled out of China prior to the film-makers' detention. The completeddocumentary, featuring 20 of the Tibetans, was screened in Beijing in August2008 and can be viewed at http://woeser.middle-way.net/2008/09/leaving-fear-behind.html.Li Dunyong,from the Beijing Gongxin law firm, was blocked from taking on the case by theXining judicial authorities. In March 2010, Chang Boyang, a lawyer representingDhondup Wangchen was threatened with the closure of his law firm if he did notdrop the case. Tibetan exile writer and poet Anjam, who is based in Dharamsala,India, highlighted the unique nature of Dhondup Wangchen's work, saying: “Hisstrategy is unique in Tibetan history; no one else has done this sort of work.He belongs to the new Tibetan generation of intellectuals and has made a greatcontribution to his country and people.”
Dhonko, 33, is a well-known writer and prize-winning poet, and also thedirector of the Ngaba county government's local history committee. He is theauthor of several books including “Red-minded,” “Zombie," and ”Skill.”Dhonkho published the essay “What human rights do we have over our bodies?” inShar Dungri under the pen name Nyen or “the Wild One.” Dhonkho explained why hefelt compelled to take the risk of speaking out in his essay: ”When the sweetlives of monks, students and ordinary people are dragged from this world intodarkness, when those sweet lives which have prayed so hard for the swiftfulfillment of their aspirations are confiscated by the state, I for one cannotremain silent, and the connection between their sad fates and my pen is aprofound one.”
DingMao (丁矛), a 45 year-old dissident who was seizedfrom his home on February 19 and then criminally detained on the same day bypolice in Mianyang City, Sichuan Province, on suspicion of “inciting subversionof state power.” CHRD learned of his arrest on March 28; he is currently beingheld at the Mianyang City Detention Center. As a philosophy student at LanzhouUniversity in the late 1980s, Ding became a student leader during the 1989pro-democracy protests. He was twice imprisoned for his activism, first in 1989and again in 1992 when he was arrested for organizing the Social DemocraticParty. He spent a total of 10 years in jail. Before his detention and arrest,he was the general manager of an investment company in Mianyang.
GheyretNiyaz: "According to media reports, Uyghur journalist and webmasterGheyret Niyaz was sentenced to 15 years in prison [in July 2010] forendangering state security by speaking to foreign journalists."http://uhrp.org/articles/4022/1/Uyghur-journalist-and-webmaster-Gheyret…(more info and a photo)
GuChuan (古川), a Beijing-based author and human rightsactivist, has been missing since February 19. On February 19, about twentyBeijing policemen searched Gu’s home without presenting their police IDs or asearch warrant. They confiscated two computers, two cell phones and some books.Gu’s wife has repeatedly asked Beijing policemen the whereabouts of herhusband, but was told they “do not know.” She has not received any formaldetention documents from the police. When Gu’s home was searched, the policemensaid the search was related to Gu using Twitter to repost messages about the“Jasmine Revolution.”
GulmireImin: "According to Amnesty International, the Uyghur AmericanAssociation, and Radio Free Asia, authorities in Urumqi, Xinjiang UyghurAutonomous Region, detained Gulmira Imin, a Uyghur Web site administrator andgovernment employee from Urumqi, on July 14, 2009. She had worked for the Website Salkin, which reportedly posted an announcement calling Uyghurs todemonstrate in Urumqi on July 5, 2009, and authorities alleged she was involvedin organizing the demonstration. The Urumqi Intermediate Court tried andsentenced Gulmira Imin on April 1, 2010, to life imprisonment for “splittism,leaking state secrets and organizing an illegal demonstration,” crimes underArticles 103, 111, and 296 of China’s Criminal Law."http://ppd.cecc.gov/QueryResultsDetail.aspx?PrisonerNum=7948 (more info)http://docs.uyghuramerican.org/Can-Anyone-Hear-Us.pdf (more info and pictureson page 16)
Guo Gai(郭盖), one of the four artists who disappearedafter a group performance of dozens of artists at the Beijing Museum ofContemporary Art. The art performance touched on the current crackdown onfreedom of expression and the "Jasmine Revolution," and as a resultfour artists were detained. On March 24, he was criminally detained for"causing a disturbance" by officers from the Songzhuang policestation in Beijing. He is currently being held in the Taihu DetentionCenter in Beijing's Tongzhou District.
GuoWeidong (郭卫东),born in 1972, a college graduate, employee of a business corporation, and anactive netizen from Haining City, Zhejiang Province, was criminally detained onMarch 11 for "inciting subversion of state power." The day before,police had arrived at Guo's home and office and confiscated his computer alongwith other items. Guo, whose Twitter account is @daxa, had previously beensummoned twice for questioning in relation to the anonymous online calls for"Jasmine Revolution" protests.
Hu Di (胡荻), a Beijing-based netizen and writer, hasbeen missing since March 13.
HuaChunhui (华春晖), 47, is a Wuxi City, JiangsuProvince-based netizen, activist, and mid-level manager at an insurancecompany. He was seized by police on February 21 and criminally detained onsuspicion of “endangering state security,” according to a notice issued bypolice at the Tanduqiao Station in Wuxi’s Nanchang District. Hua, using theTwitter account @wxhch64, tweeted messages about the “Jasmine Revolution.” Huaand his fiancée Wang Yi (王译)have been active in civil society initiatives in recent years; for example, thecouple organized a forum in Beijing in May 2010 to discuss the demonstrationsoutside of the Fuzhou City trial of three activists. Wang Yi (whose given nameis Cheng Jianping) was sent to one year of Re-education through Labor inNovember 2010 for a tweet she posted during violent anti-Japan demonstrationsin October 2010.
HuangXiang (黄香), one of the four artists who disappearedafter a group performance of dozens of artists at the Beijing Museum ofContemporary Art. The art performance touched on the current crackdown onfreedom of expression and the "Jasmine Revolution," and as a resultfour artists were detained. On March 24, he was criminally detained for "causinga disturbance" by officers from the Songzhuang police station in Beijing. He is currently being held in the Taihu Detention Center in Beijing'sTongzhou District.
JiangTianyong (江天勇), a Beijing-based human rights lawyer, hasbeen missing since February 19. On the afternoon of February 19, Jiang wasseized from his brother’s home and driven away by men identified by his familyas Beijing policemen. Police returned that evening and confiscated Jiang’scomputer. The police never presented any police IDs, search or detentionwarrants at any point during the proceedings. Beijing police have refused totell Jiang’s family his whereabouts.
Kelsang Jinpa, is a poet and writer. Originally from Sangchu county,Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, he studied for a short time at Kirtimonastery in exile. Writing under the pen name 'Garmi' ('the Blacksmith'),Kelsang Jinpa published 'The case for lifeblood and life-force' in Shar Dungrithat placed the challenges Tibetans face within the broader issue of humanrights as well as in relation to what the Chinese themselves have faced intheir own history.
Kirti Kyab, from Dzoege (Chinese: Ruo'ergai) County, Ngaba (Chinese:Aba), was a teacher at the Nationalities Teachers Training College in Barkham(Chinese: Ma'erkang) County. Kirti Kyab was also the vice-editor of theliterary magazine Shar Dungri (Eastern Snow Mountain). He was detained inMarch, 2010 and his whereabouts are unknown.
Kunchok Tsephel (39), an official in a Chinese government environmentaldepartment and founder of the influential Tibetan literary website, Chodme.'Butter-Lamp' (www.tibetcm.com), was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges ofdisclosing state secrets. Some of the charges are believed to relate to contenton his website, which aims to protect Tibetan culture, and possibly to passingon information about protests that took place in Tibet in 2008. His family hadno idea where he was until November according to the same sources. They weresummoned to court on November 12, 2009, to hear the verdict of 15 yearsimprisonment after a closed- door trial at the Intermediate People’s Court inKanlho (Chinese: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu province.
Kunga Tseyang, pen name Gangnyi (gangs nyi: 'Sun of the Snow') is aleading intellectual, blogger, photographer and environmental activist of theintellectual “new generation” movement. A Labrang monastery monk, Kunga Tseyangwas educated in Labrang and Beijing. He travelled widely in Tibet andphotographed the environmental degradation taking place on the plateau and itsimpact, and he also worked with the Nyenpo Yutsae Kyekham environmentalprotection group. Full details of charges against him are not known but arelikely to be connected to his writing, which include a piece entitled “Chinamust apologize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”
LanJingyuan (兰靖远), a Beijing-based victim of forcedeviction who has been petitioning the government for compensation, was detainedon February 24 on suspicion of taking part in an “illegal demonstration” afterparticipating in the “Jasmine Revolution” protest in Wangfujing, Beijing, onFebruary 20. Lan was released on bail on February 24 and now awaiting fortrial. Like others released on bail, he was warned not to speak about his caseto anybody.
LanRuoyu (蓝若宇), a Chongqing-based graduate student, hasbeen missing since February 27. Police also confiscated a computer belonging toLan, a student at Communication University of China.
Li Hai(李海), 57, a Beijing-based dissident andactivist, was criminally detained on February 26 by police in Chaoyang Districtfor "creating a disturbance." Li is being detained in the ChaoyangDistrict Detention Center. He was a student leader at Beijing University duringthe 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations, and was expelled from school anddetained for seven months after the demonstrations were suppressed. In 1995, Liwas detained and eventually sentenced to nine years in prison for hispro-democracy activities and advocacy on behalf of victims of the TiananmenMassacre. Following his release in 2004, Li continued his activism and has beenrepeatedly harassed, threatened, and detained by the government. His twitteraccount is @lihai54.
LiShuangde (李双德), a citizen lawyer and an activist basedin Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, was criminally detained on March 24 onsuspicion of "credit card fraud" by the Public Security Bureau (PSB)of Jinjiang District of Chengdu City. Police had taken him away on March 21. Liis currently being held in the Chengdu Detention Center, which is located in PiCounty. Li operates a legal aid center in Chengdu, and provides legal aid tocitizens who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Li has been harassed on numerousoccasions in the past by local officials.
LiTiantian (李天天), a Shanghai-based human rights lawyer,has been missing since February 19.Li was taken away from her home by police.She maintains a blog (http://blog.sina.com.cn/u/1896094822) and her Twitteraccount is @litiantian.
LiYongsheng (李永生), 45, a Beijing-based rights activist, wascriminally detained on March 7 for "creating a disturbance" by theTongzhou District PSB. He is currently being held at the Tongzhou DistrictDetention Center. Li has participated in a number of activities organized byNGOs in Beijing in recent years.
LiangHaiyi (梁海怡, aka Miaoxiao [渺小]), 42, a netizen originally from Guangdong Province,was taken in for questioning on February 19 by police in Harbin City,Heilongjiang Province, along with her ex-husband. Her ex-husband was laterreleased, but Liang remained in police custody. According to Liang Xiaojun (梁小军), a lawyer retained by her family, LiangHaiyi was criminally detained on suspicion of “subversion of state power” onFebruary 21. Police accused Liang Haiyi of “posting information from foreignwebsites regarding ‘Jasmine Revolution’ actions on domestic websites” such asQQ, the popular Chinese social networking site. She is being held at the HarbinCity No. 2 Detention Center.
LiuAnjun (刘安军), a Beijing-based human rights activist,exact date of disappearance unknown. Among other activities, Liu is theorganizer of the group Sunshine Charity, which is dedicated to supportingpetitioners in Beijing. He has been subjected to police harassment and enforceddisappearances on a number of occasions in the past.
Liu Huiping(刘慧萍), a petitioner from Guangxi Province, wascriminally detained on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” afterbeing forcibly returned to Nanning City, Guanxi, from Beijing on March15. Liu is being held in Nanning No. 1 Detention Center. Her home wasalso searched by the police. Liu is a leader of a group of female villageactivists who have been petitioning against gender discrimination against womenwho were married to other villages and consequently lost their right in themanagement of economic affairs of villages around Nanning.
LiuShihui (刘士辉), a Guangzhou-based human rights lawyer,has been missing since February 20. Before he disappeared, Liu was brutallybeaten by a group of unidentified individuals while waiting at a bus stop toparticipate in the February 20 “Jasmine Revolution” protests in Guangzhou.
LiuXianbin (刘贤斌) On March 25, the Suining CityIntermediate Court in Sichuan Province convicted activist Liu Xianbin (刘贤斌) of “inciting subversion of state power”and sentenced him to a decade in prison. The decision is believed to be bothpunishment for Liu’s activism and a signal to those currently detained in the“Jasmine Revolution” crackdown for similar crimes that they could be subjectedto lengthy sentences.
Ma He (马贺, aka Kucun Jiasha [库存袈裟]), a Chengdu-based netizen, has been missingsince March 3. Ma was a technician for the website 1984 BBS(http://1984bbs.com), whose founder, Zhang Jiannan (张健男), has been criminally detained.
MehbubeAblesh: "According to PEN's information, journalist and poet MehbubeAblesh, aged twenty-nine, worked for the Xinjiang People's Radio Station, agovernment-run station based in the provincial capital Urumqi, until she wasdismissed from her post in early August 2008 and arrested after postingcritical articles online. It is thought that she is held for posting articlescritical of Chinese government policy and the provincial leadership in XinjiangAutonomous Region. She is believed to be held in Urumqi, and no details of anycharges have been made public." http://uhrp.org/articles/1476/1/China-Uighur-writer-detained-/index.html(PEN article about her) You can find her picture here:http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/radio-09082008141404.html
MemetjanAbdulla: "A Uyghur journalist working for an official Chinese radioservice has been sentenced to life in prison following a secret trial conductedearlier this year, according to a letter sent by a friend to Radio Free Asia.You can find more info and a picture here:http://uhrp.org/articles/4436/1/Uyghur-Journalist-Handed-Life-Term-/ind…
Migmar Dhondup was arrested in connection with the March 14 protests andhas been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment; he was accused of collecting“intelligence concerning the security and interests of the state andprovid[ing] it to the Dalai clique … prior to and following the 'March 14'incident”. Migmar Dhondup is in his early 30s and worked for the KundeFoundation in Tibet, an NGO committed to helping marginalized and impoverishedcommunities; he speaks fluent English and is very well educated and had workedas a tour guide.
MoJiangang (莫建刚), 60, a human rights and democracyactivist, was seized sometime before March 6 and criminally detained. As ofMarch 18, he had been released; however, more detailed information regardinghis situation is not currently available. Mo, who was born in Guiyang City,Guizhou Province, moved to Beijing and became involved in the pro-democracymovement in 1978. He was briefly detained after taking part in the 1989demonstrations in Beijing. After 1989, Mo returned to Guiyang and continued hisactivism, becoming a leader among local democracy activists.
NiYulan (倪玉兰), lawyer, and husband Dong Jiqin (董继勤) were detained in Beijing yesterday. Ms Nihas already served two jail terms, during which she was tortured by police andleft disabled. She lived on the streets for months last year after her release.
NurmemetYasin: "Uighur poet & story writer Nurmemet Yasin is serving a 10-yearprison sentence for writing an allegorical short story that the authoritiesconsider to be a veiled indictment of their rule in the Xinjiang UighurAutonomous Region (XUAR)." http://www.amnestyusa.org/bannedbooks/pdf/china10.pdf(from Amnesty International, with a small picture, the only one we've been ableto find)
QuanLianzhao (全连昭), 60, a petitioner from Guangxi Province, was seizedby interceptors in Beijing on February 26 and forcibly returned to NanningCity, Guangxi Province, where she was criminally detained for “subversion ofstate power.” Quan is currently being held in the Nanning City No. 1 DetentionCenter. It is believed that Quan’s detention is related to her taking part in a“Revolutionary Singing Gathering” in a Beijing park on February 3, wherepetitioners gathered to sing revolutionary songs and present accounts of theirgrievances. Quan also gathered with a number of petitioners on February 20 topresent their grievances at Beijing’s Chaoyang Park; while the gathering drewthe attention of police because it was the same date as the proposed “JasmineRevolution” protests, friends said that Quan does not use the internet andwould have not known of the demonstrations called for that date. Quan has beenpetitioning for four years in response to the forced expropriation of land inher village.
RanYunfei (冉云飞), 46, a writer, blogger, and activist, whowas formally arrested on March 25 for “inciting subversion of state power” andis currently being held in the Dujiangyan Detention Center. Ran was originallycriminally detained for “subversion of state power” on February 24, accordingto a formal detention notice received by his wife; it is not known why thecharge was changed. Ran, a member of the ethnic Tu minority who studied Chineseliterature at Sichuan University, is an employee of the magazine SichuanLiterature and a resident of Chengdu City, Sichuan Province. He is a prolificwriter of social and political commentary. He blogs at and his Twitter account,@ranyunfei, has more than 44,000 followers. Ran has been in policedetention since the morning of February 20, when he was summoned to “tea.”Officers later searched his home and confiscated his computer.
Sun Desheng (孙德胜), a young Guangzhou City, GuangdongProvince resident, was criminally detained on suspicion of "incitingsubversion of state power" some time before March 9. Reportedly, Sun'sdetention stemmed from a friend's dinner party, where Sun wrote anti-corruptionand anti-dictatorship slogans and then posed with friends for a picture. Thedinner, which took place on February 15, was also attended by lawyers LiuShihui (刘士辉) and Li Fangping (李方平); Liu's home was searched on February 24, and policediscovered the photograph on his computer. Further details about Sun’sdetention are not currently available.
TanLanying (谈兰英),a 67 year-old Shanghai-based petitioner-activist, was criminally detained for"assembling a crowd to disrupt the order of a public place" onFebruary 21. Tan is being held in Shanghai's Putuo Detention Center. Tan hasbeen petitioning for 17 years, seeking redress for grievances related to theforced demolition of her home.
Tashi Rabten (pen name: The'urang), a student at the Northwest NationalitiesUniversity in Lanzhou, was detained on 6 April and is believed to be held inChengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan. Tibetan sources reported thataround 16 security personnel arrived in the university hostel and ransackedstudents' rooms. He is the editor of a banned literary magazine on the 2008protests in Tibet and author of a new collection of work called 'Written inBlood.' One of his friends said: “He has won great respect and popularity amongstudents, intellectuals and ordinary readers in Tibet as an outstanding andbrave young thinker.”
TengBiao (滕彪), a Beijing-based human rights lawyer, hasbeen missing since February 19. Teng disappeared after leaving his home to meetwith friends. Reportedly, policemen from the Beijing Public Security Bureau’sNational Security Unit searched Teng’s home the following day, confiscating twocomputers, a printer, articles, books, DVDs and photos of Chen Guangcheng.
WangLihong (王荔蕻), 55, a Beijing-based human rightsdefender and democracy activist, was criminally detained for "creating adisturbance" at some point before March 26. She is currently being held atthe Chaoyang District Detention Center. However, her family has yet to receiveany formal documentation regarding her detention. In 1989, Ms. Wang joined thepro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing, an experience which led her to resignfrom her government job in 1991. Ms. Wang, a former doctor, then became adedicated democracy activist and human rights defender. She has worked onprojects such as relief efforts for the "Tiananmen homeless" andadvocated on behalf of three imprisoned Fujian netizens and citizens fightingland seizures in Beihai City, Guangxi Province.
Wangdu (41), who worked for an international public health NGO, wassentenced to life imprisonment after he allegedly shared, or attempted to share,information about the situation in Tibet. Wangdu, a former Project Officer foran HIV/AIDS program in Lhasa run by the Australian Burnet Institute, wascharged with 'espionage' by the Lhasa City Intermediate People's Court after hewas detained on March 14, 2008, the day that demonstrations turned violent inLhasa. Wangdu was accused of collecting “intelligence concerning the securityand interests of the state and provid[ing] it to the Dalai clique… prior to andfollowing the 'March 14' incident.” He had previously served eight years inprison in 1989, the day martial law took effect in Lhasa after three days ofprotest and rioting. His three-year sentence to “re-education through labor”was extended to eight years’ imprisonment after he and 10 other politicalprisoners signed a petition stating that the 1951 17-Point Agreement was forcedon an independent Tibet.
WeiQiang (魏强), a human rights activist, was criminallydetained in Beijing on suspicion of taking part in an “illegal demonstration;”his family was notified on March 2 by the Beijing PSB. He is being held in theHaidian District Detention Center. Wei, originally from Xi’an City, ShaanxiProvince, moved to Beijing in 2010. On February 20, he used his Twitter account(@Watchmen725) to report from the scene in front of the Wangfujing McDonald’s,one of the locations identified in the call for “Jasmine Revolution” protests.
WeiShuishan (魏水山), a Zhejiang Province-based dissident anddemocracy activist, was criminally detained on March 5. However, as of the timeof writing, Wei’s family has yet to receive a formal detention notice so nofurther details are currently available. Wei is a member of the bannedChina Democracy Party.
Wen Tao(文涛), journalist, collaborated with Ai Weiweion a series of art projects. He was taken away by the police on April 3.
WengJie (翁杰), a Beijing resident, was criminallydetained for "creating a disturbance" on March 2. Weng had beenpresent at the Beijing site picked for "Jasmine Revolution" protestson February 20 and was later seized by police. Weng was detained in theChaoyang District Detention Center until March 25, when he was released on bailto await trial.
XueMingkai (薛明凯),22, an activist from Shandong Province's Qufu City, was seized on February 18in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province and forcibly returned to his hometown. Hewas later criminally detained; however, CHRD has been unable to contact hisfamily to learn further details. Xue served 18 months in prison between May2009 and November2010 for “subversion of state power.” A migrant worker livingin Shenzhen at the time, Xue was charged with "subversion" afterallegedly planning to organize a political party called the “China DemocraticWorkers’ Party” with online friends in the summer of 2006 and then contactingand joining an overseas democracy organization in early 2009.
YangLamei (杨腊梅),a Shanghai-based activist, has been missing since February 20 and is believedto be criminally detained. An eyewitness has reported that Yang was seized bypolice at the same time as activist Tan Lanying (谈兰英), whose family received a formal detentionnotice on February 22. However, CHRD has so far been unable to contact Yang'sfamily for further details.
YangQiuyu (杨秋雨),a Beijing-based dissident, was criminally detained on March 7 for “creating adisturbance.”. Yang was taken away on March 6, and on March 9 police returnedto search his home, confiscating a computer, name cards, and other items. Yangis currently held in Xicheng District Detention Center.
Yeshe Choedron was arrested in March 2008 and was convicted for“espionage” for allegedly providing “intelligence and information harmful tothe security and interests of the state” to “the Dalai clique's securitydepartment” (ref. the official Lhasa Evening News).
ZengRenguang (曾仁广), a Beijing-based human rights activist,has been missing since February 22.
ZhangJiannan (张健男),better known by his online name, Secretary Zhang (张书记), was seized at his home in Beijing onMarch 2 and criminally detained for taking part in an “illegal demonstration.”Zhang was the founder of the website 1984 BBS (http://1984bbs.com), an onlinediscussion forum dedicated to discussion of current events and the publicatio
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