China current PoC

Chen Yu

Name: Chen Yu Country/Area of Origin: China Background: Chen Yu is a Christian bookseller who, prior to his arrest, operated an online shop called Xiaomai (Wheat) Bookstore. Reason for Arrest: In late September 2019, Mr. Chen was charged with conducting “illegal business operations” and was fined 200,000 yuan (≈ USD $30,000). He was subsequently sentenced …

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Jimmy Lai

Name: Jimmy Lai Country/Area of Origin: Hong Kong Background: Notable democracy activist, human rights advocate, and critic of the Hong Kong government and its authorities Sentence: The length of Mr. Lai’s sentence has not been revealed yet, but he has officially been charged with allegedly colluding with foreign forces under the newly-implemented National Security Law …

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Gulmira Imin

Name: Gulmira Imin Country/Area of Origin: China Background: Prior to her arrest, Imin held a local government position in the capital of Xinjiang, Urumqi. In 2009, Imin established the website Salkin, which focused on Uyghur culture and news in Xinjiang, and which took on a critical perspective of the Chinese government. Reason for Arrest: In …

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Hu Shigen

Name: Hu Shigen Age: 64 Country/Area of Origin: China Background: Hu is a famous democracy activist, and in 1989 he was active in the Tienanmen Square Protests prior to founding the China Free Democratic Party and the China Free Labor Union. Reason for Arrest: In July 2015, Hu was disappeared by CCP officials during a …

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Qin Defu

Name: Qin Defu (also known as Qin Derfu) Age: 37 Country/Area of Origin: Sichuan Province, China Background: Qin Defu’s father was a preacher, and in 1989, Qin adopted Christianity and participated in the Three Self Patriotic Movement for many years before leaving the Movement and focusing instead on the house-church system, becoming a member of …

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Ilham Tohti

Name: Ilham Tohti Country/Area of Origin: China Background: Ilham Tohti is a Chinese Uyghur and former professor of economics at Minzu University in Beijing, China. He is a staunch advocate of regional autonomy legislation and an avid researcher of the relationship between Chinese Uyghurs and Han Chinese- in 2006, Tohti launched UyghurOnline, a website focusing …

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Pastor Wang Yi

Name: Wang Yi Country of Origin: China Background: Pastor Wang Yi is the leader of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Prior to his conversion to Christianity, Wang Yi was a lawyer and law professor. Reason for Arrest: On December 9, 2018, Pastor Wang Yi was detained during one of the largest …

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