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Search Results Detail for 'Xu Zhiyong'
Personal Details
CECC Record Number: 2005-00199   Ethnic Group: Han
Detention Status: DET   Sex: M
Issue Category: civil/assoc/rol/spch   Age at Detention:
Main Name: Xu Zhiyong   Religion: Protestant (unspec.)
Chinese Characters (Main Name): 许志永 Occupation: professor, law
Alternate Name (Lay or Pen):   Affiliation: Beijing University of Posts and Telecom.
Additional Name(s):   Residence Province: Beijing Shi (prov.)
Pinyin Name:   Residence Prefecture: Beijing Shi Muni. Urb. Area (pref.)
  Residence County: Haidian Dist.
Imprisonment or Detention Details
Date of Detention: 2020/02/15
Current Prison: Linshu PSB Det. Ctr.
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Province Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Shandong Province
Prefecture Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Linyi Shi (pref.)
County Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Linshu Cty.
Legal Process
Legal Process: chg   Formal Arrest Date: 2020/06/19
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Short Summary
According to CCM (16 Feb 20), BBC (17 Feb 20), and NPR (17 Feb 20), on February 15, 2020, police in Panyu district, Guangzhou municipality, Guangdong province, detained Xu Zhiyong, a pioneering legal advocate who previously served a 4-year sentence for rights advocacy. Authorities placed Xu under "residential surveillance at a designated location" in Beijing municipality on suspicion of "inciting subversion of state power" (RDN, 7 Mar 20; 21 Jan 21). On June 19, police in Linyi municipality, Shandong, arrested Xu on the same charge, and held him at the Linshu County PSB Detention Center (Twitter, 30 Jun 20). Sources linked Xu's detention to the December 26, 2019, detentions of Ding Jiaxi, Zhang Zhongshun, and Dai Zhenya, as well as police summons in multiple cities across China, for participants in a private gathering in December who discussed politics and civil society in China. Xu evaded detention for 50 days, during which he criticized the government's handling of the coronavirus outbreak and urged Xi Jinping to leave office (CDT, reprinted 16 Feb 20). On January 20, 2021, RFA reported that authorities changed the criminal offense against Ding and Xu to "subversion of state power," that entails lengthier prison sentences than "incitement" (RFA, 20 Jan 21).