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Search Results Detail for 'Kwon Pyong'
Personal Details
CECC Record Number: 2016-00477   Ethnic Group: Korean
Detention Status: DET   Sex: M
Issue Category: spch/dem/6489   Age at Detention: 28
Main Name: Kwon Pyong   Religion:
Chinese Characters (Main Name): 权平 Occupation:
Alternate Name (Lay or Pen): BraveJohnny   Affiliation:
Additional Name(s):   Residence Province: Jilin Province
Pinyin Name: Quan Ping   Residence Prefecture: Yanbian Korean Auto. Pref.
  Residence County: Yanji Shi (cty.)
Imprisonment or Detention Details
Date of Detention: 2016/10/01
Current Prison: Yanji PSB Det. Ctr.
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Province Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Jilin Province
Prefecture Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Yanbian Korean Auto. Pref.
County Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Yanji Shi (cty.)
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Short Summary
According to RDN (31 October 16) and RFA (31 October 16; 2 November 16), on or around October 1, 2016, 28-year-old ethnic Korean rights activist and democracy advocate Kwon Pyong (also known as Quan Ping in Chinese) disappeared in Yanji city, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Jilin province, shortly after posting a photo online of himself wearing a T-shirt criticizing Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping. Kwon is active on both Chinese social media and social media platforms banned in China, including Twitter, where he frequently posts statements and photos, under the handle “BraveJohnny” criticizing the Communist Party, its leaders, and its policies. Kwon reportedly traveled to Hong Kong in fall 2014 to participate in the pro-democracy protests there, and has made posts supporting Tibetan rights advocacy, efforts to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen protests, and other rights advocates and defenders. RFA (8 December 16) reported that an employee of the Yanji PSB Detention Center confirmed that Kwon was in custody there. In February 2017, Kwon's lawyers reported that authorities had indicted Kwon on charges of "inciting subversion of state power," and that they had prevented the lawyers from meeting with Kwon (RFA, 10 February 17).