According to informed sources, rights activist Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄) met with lawyer Chen Guangwu (陈光武) on November 14, the first such meeting permitted Guo since his detention on August 8. Guo was officially arrested on September 12 and is accused of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.”
On November 13, 2013, the Shenzhen Municipal Intermediate People's Court upheld the “embezzlement” conviction of police officer Wang Dengchao (王登朝) and overturned the “obstructing official business” conviction, which had carried a one-year prison term. On the embezzlement conviction, the court reduced Wang’s sentence to 11 years, from the original 13-and-a-half years. The court also reduced the embezzlement amount to 80,000 yuan, from 2.83 million yuan in the original conviction.
Lawyer Wang Yu (王宇) met with detained rights defender Cao Shunli(曹顺利) for more than an hour on Wednesday, October 30. Wang, who has been retained by Cao’s family to represent Cao, was the first person outside law enforcement who has had any contact with Cao since her disappearance on September 14.
An informed source told Human Rights in China that on October 28, the first day of the trial of three asset transparency advocates in Jiangxi Province—Liu Ping (刘萍),Wei Zhongping (魏忠平), and Li Sihua (李思华)—the defendants and their families terminated the client-lawyer relationship in protest of the court’s failure to guarantee the lawyers’ rights to defend the accused. The court, in Yushui District, Xinyu City (新余市渝水区), adjourned the proceeding until new lawyers are appointed.
Two hundred and eighteen rights defenders in Shanghai signed a public appeal urging the United Nations not to elect China to the 47-member Human Rights Council. The election will be held on November 12 among UN member states in the General Assembly.
“Whether the shoes fit, only the person knows,” states the Chinese delegation today in its closing remarks to the UN Human Rights Council at the second Universal Periodic Review of China’s human rights record by UN member states. The Chinese delegation then elaborated: “The Chinese are in the best position to know the situation of human rights in China.”