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Search Results Detail for 'Zhou Decai'
Personal Details
CECC Record Number: 2012-00207   Ethnic Group:
Detention Status: REL   Sex: M
Issue Category: lab/dem/assoc/rur   Age at Detention:
Main Name: Zhou Decai   Religion:
Chinese Characters (Main Name): 周德才 Occupation:
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Additional Name(s):   Residence Province: Henan Province
Pinyin Name:   Residence Prefecture: Xinyang Shi (pref.)
  Residence County: Gushi Cty.
Imprisonment or Detention Details
Date of Detention: 2012/02/28
Current Prison: Henan No. 1 Prison (Kaifeng)
Sentence Length (Years): 5
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Province Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Henan Province
Prefecture Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Kaifeng Shi (pref.)
County Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Kaifeng Shi Muni. Urb. Area (cty.)
Legal Process
Legal Process: chg/tri/sent/rel   Formal Arrest Date: 2012/03/10
Trial Court: Gushi County People's Court   Trial Date: 2012/06/13
Sentence Court: Gushi County People's Court   Sentence Date: 2012/09/03
Appeal Court: Xinyang Intermediate People's Court   Appeal Date: 2012/11/20
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Short Summary
According to CHRD, (8 April 13; 6 September 12; 13 June 12; 17 May 12) and RFA (13 June 12), on February 28, 2012, PSB officials detained rights defender Zhou Decai in Gushi county, Xinyang city, Henan province, on suspicion of "assembling a crowd to disturb social order," as he was preparing to attend a labor rights defense meeting in Beijing. He reportedly had advocated for workers and farmers to work together to defend their rights. Authorities formally arrested him on March 30 and the Gushi County People's Court heard his case on June 13. On September 3, 2012, the court sentenced him to five years in prison. Zhou appealed, but on November 20, the Xinyang City Intermediate People’s Court upheld the original verdict. Authorities prevented Zhou's wife from entering the courtroom for his trial and his sentencing, and she reported being assaulted by 20 unidentified men. Zhou’s health was reportedly deteriorating in prison. Beginning in the 1990s, Zhou reportedly assisted farmers and workers to defend their rights. He also observed and participated in village committee elections, and just prior to his detention, he participated in county people's congress elections. Authorities reportedly released Zhou on February 27, 2017, upon completion of his sentence (RDN, 28 February 17).