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Search Results Detail for 'Xu Zhiyong'
Personal Details
CECC Record Number: 2005-00199   Ethnic Group: Han
Detention Status: REL   Sex: M
Issue Category: civil/assoc/rol/spch   Age at Detention: 40
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: 2013/07/16
Current Prison: Liulin Prison
Sentence Length (Years): 4
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Province Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Tianjin Shi (prov.)
Prefecture Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Tianjin Shi Cty. (pref.)
County Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Ninghe Dist.
Legal Process
Legal Process: chg/tri-close/sent-close-app/rel   Formal Arrest Date: 2013/08/22
Trial Court: Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court   Trial Date: 2014/01/22
Sentence Court: Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court   Sentence Date: 2014/01/26
Appeal Court: Beijing High People's Court   Appeal Date: 2014/02/03
Appeal Ruling Court: Beijing High People's Court   Appeal Ruling Date: 2014/04/11
Charge (Statute): CL97-art291   Sent. Ends Per PRC:
  Actual Date Released: 2017/07/15
Short Summary
On January 26, 2014, the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court announced via Weibo that it had sentenced Xu Zhiyong to 4 years' imprisonment for "gathering a crowd to disturb order in a public place" (CL, art. 291). Authorities had confined Xu, a leading rights advocate and proponent of the New Citizens' Movement, to his home in Beijing municipality for 3 months prior to criminally detaining him on July 16, and formally arresting him on August 22 (NYT, 17 July 13, 23 August 13). In a December 13 indictment, authorities alleged Xu was a "ringleader" of incidents that took place in 2012 and 2013 during which individuals called for education equality and government transparency (China Change, 21 December 13). On April 11, 2014, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court rejected Xu's appeal and upheld the original sentence (NYT, 11 April 14). Authorities reportedly transferred Xu to Liulin Prison, located in Tianjin municipality(Hu Jia, Twitter, 2 December 14). On July 15, 2017, authorities reportedly released Xu (RDN, 15 July 17). Plainclothes police and security officials were stationed at Xu's building, preventing visitors from entering the gates. Xu is a former law lecturer who founded the legal aid NGO, Open Constitution Initiative (China Change, 10 April 14).