The Faces of China’s Prisoners of Conscience

February 03, 2016

Curated by Katarina Hall

Peng Ming

Peng Ming is a human rights activist serving a life sentence since 2005.
In 2004, while visiting Thailand, he was abducted and taken to China. He was charged with organizing and leading a “terrorist organization.”

Liu Ping

Liu Ping is a grass roots activist and a member of the New Citizens’ Movement in China. She is currently serving a six-year prison sentence for “illegally assembling a crowd to disrupt public order.” She was arrested in June 2014, days before the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo is the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize awardee, for his non-violent struggle for human rights in China. He was part of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and participated in several human rights campaigns, including Charter 08—a manifesto calling for reform of human rights.

Zhu Yufu

Zhu Yufu is the founder of “Opposition Party” magazine and of the unrecognized Democracy Party of China. He was sentenced to seven years in jail for writing a poem that “incited subversion.” His poem called for the Chinese people to stand up for their rights.

Liu Xianbin

Liu Xianbin is a human rights activist, a writer, and an organizer of China’s Democracy Party. He is serving a 10-year prison term for writing and publishing articles that criticize the Chinese Communist Party.

Yang Tongyan

Yang Tongyan, commonly known by his pen name Yang Tianshui, is a writer and political dissident. He is serving a 12-year sentence for “subversion of state power” for posting anti-CCP articles on the Internet and organizing part of the China Democracy Party.

Guo Quan

Guo Quan was an associate professor at Nianjing Normal University until he was dismissed for condemning the CCP and for writing an open letter to former CCP leader Hu Jintao calling for democratic elections.

Yang Maodong

Yang Maodong is a prominent human rights defender that calls for greater CCP transparency and to end official corruption. He was detained in 2013 for “assembling a crowd to disrupt order in a public place,” for helping organize a press freedom post and criticizing the state media.

Li Chang

Li Chang is a retired official from the PRC ministry of Public Security. In 1999, he was put under surveillance and eventually arrested for participating in a peaceful Falun Gong protest outside the CCP headquarters in Beijing. He was sentenced to 25 years.

Khenpo Karma Tsewang

Khenpo Karma Tsewang is a Tibetan Monk famous for his environmental activism, his disaster relief work, and his efforts to preserve the Tibetan language. After CCP officials suspected him of conducting “anti-state activities” and of harboring “fugitive” monks, he was sentenced to three years in prison after a secret trial in 2014.

Zhang Shaojie

Zhang Shaojie is a pastor of the Nanle County Christian Church serving a 12-year prison sentence for “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order.” He claims that his imprisonment is an attempt on behalf of the CCP to clamp down on the country’s fast growing Christian Church.