China 18

The 18 prisoners of conscience of the China 18 represent thousands of men and women in China who work at their peril to promote and advocate for the rule of law, religious freedom, democracy, and basic human rights. As a result, these brave Chinese citizens face harassment, incarceration, torture, and often with similar consequences for their family members. Thus, we urge you to raise the cases of the China 18 by name, press for their immediate and unconditional release, and make it clear to Chinese government authorities that the international community will not let their efforts be in vain.

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News About China 18

Pastor Wang Yi was the Early Rain Church Convent leader from 2005 until his arrest in 2018 for “inciting subversion of state power” and “illegal business operations.”
Pastor Wang Yi

Qin Defu is an elder of the Early Rain Covenant Church. He was arrested in December of 2018, and he was secretly tried in November 2019 for “illegal business operations."
Elder Qin Defu

Dr. Xu Zhiyong is a prominent civil rights activist in China. He co-founded the New Citizen’s Movement, a collection of lawyers and activists that demand civil rights protections and Rule of Law. Dr. Xu served four years in prison for his legal activism in 2013 and was released in 2017.
Dr. Xu Zhiyong

Pastor Li Juncai was arrested in February of 2019. Yuanyang County Court sentenced him to five and a half years in December of 2020.
Pastor Li Juncai

Pastor John Cao served as a missionary in Myanmar’s Wa State, transforming the lives of more than 2,000 impoverished minority children by building 16 schools and worked to fight poverty in the region. Chinese officials knew that he repeatedly crossed the border between China and Myanmar because of his work and allowed him to do so for three years.
John Cao

Liu Xianbin, who uses the pen name Wan Xianming, is a human rights activist, China Democracy Party organizer, and writer and signer of Charter 08, a manifesto calling for reform of China’s human rights, is serving a 10-year prison term.
Liu Xianbin

Alimujiang Yimiti, a Uyghur Christian house church leader, was criminally detained on Jan. 12, 2008, for “inciting separatism” and “unlawfully providing state secrets to overseas organizations” and formally arrested on Feb. 20.
Alimujiang Yimiti

Liu Ping, a grassroots civil rights activist in China and member of the New Citizens’ Movement, is currently serving a 6 1/2 year prison sentence for several charges.
Liu Ping

Award-winning human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng has handled a number of high-profile cases, including a dispute over government-seized oil fields in Shaanxi, the cases of Christians in the far west region of Xinjiang, and Falun Gong cases.
Gao Zhisheng

Li Chang, a retired PRC Ministry of Public Security, was coercively summoned by authorities on July 20, 1999, two days before the official ban of Falun Gong, and put under residential surveillance for three months until his official arrest on Oct. 19, 1999.
Li Chang

Gulmira Imin was detained on July 14, 2009 in Asku, a city in China’s far western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region for her alleged involvement in the organization of the July 5, 2009 protests in Ürümqi, the regional capital.
Gulmira Imin

Wang Bingzhang, a permanent resident of the United States and a Christian, is a veteran of China’s pro-democracy movement currently serving a life sentence on charges of espionage and terrorism.
Wang Bingzhang

Lobsang Tsering was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Jan. 31, 2013 for “intentional homicide” in connection to the self-immolation of eight Tibetans, although five of the self-immolations never occurred.
Lobsang Tsering

Gao Yu, a veteran Chinese journalist and political activist, is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for allegedly leaking state secrets.
Gao Yu

Pastor Zhang Shaojie, of Nanle County Christian Church in China’s central Henan, is currently serving a 12-year prison term for “gathering a crowd to disrupt the public order” and a fabricated fraud charge.
Zhang Shaojie

Hu Shigen, a pro-democracy activist and renowned church elder, currently waits out a seven-and-a-half year sentence on falsified charges of “subversion of state power.”
Hu Shigen

A Lincang court in southern Yunnan Province harshly sentenced Ju Dianhong to 13 years in prison. The CCP falsely accused her of leading a cult as part of a province-wide crackdown.
Ju Dianhong

In 2017, CCP authorities sentenced Liang Qin to 10 years in prison on fabricated charges of “cult activity.”
Liang Qin

Zhang Zhan is a Christian freelance journalist and former lawyer who covered the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, Hubei Province.
Zhang Zhan

Ms. Yang Rongli and her husband, Wang Xiaoguang, were the leaders of the 50,000-member Linfen house church in inland Shanxi province, until they were arrested in 2009.
Yang Rongli

Chen Kegui, nephew of prominent rights defender and blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, served a three-year, three-month prison sentence for assault in a case related to the older Chen’s escape from illegal house arrest.
Chen Kegui

Wang Zhiwen was released from prison on Oct. 18, 2014. According to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, Wang was “immediately sent to what his family describes as a ‘brainwashing center’ for 10 days.” Wang’s freedom of movement has been restricted since his release.
Wang Zhiwen

Dhondup Wangchen is a Tibetan filmmaker who served six years in a Chinese prison.
Dhondup Wangchen

Zhu Yufu, a veteran political activist and a Christian, is serving a seven-year prison term for “inciting subversion of state power.” Zhu has previously been imprisoned twice for a total of nine years.
Zhu Yufu

Guo Quan was an associate professor at Nanjing Normal University until he was dismissed based on criticism he published. He is currently serving a 10-year prison term for “subversion of state power.”
Guo Quan

Gao Yu, a veteran Chinese journalist and political activist, is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for allegedly leaking state secrets.
Gao Yu

Khenpo Karma Tsewang, also known as Khenpo Kartse, is a Tibetan monk who was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison in a secret trial in the summer of 2014.
Khenpo Karma Tsewang

Li Guozhi, better known as his alias, Yang Hua, has been serving a two-and-a-half year sentence in Guiyang, Guizhou, and has suffered multiple counts of torture on account of his work as a pastor.
Yang Hua

Tang Jingling is a human rights lawyer whose clients have included villagers fighting government corruption and victims of illegal land appropriation.
Tang Jingling

Guo Feixiong is the pen name of Yang Maodong, a writer, activist, self-taught legal defender. He has been held since Aug. 8, 2013 in a local detention center in Guangzhou, south China’s Guangdong province for “assembling a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.”
Guo Feixiong

Writer, renowned literary critic, one of China’s leading political activists, and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo was perhaps China’s most well-known political prisoner currently behind bars. He was in prison in northeast China’s Liaoning province serving an 11-year sentence for subversion until his death on July 13, 2017.
Liu Xiaobo

Peng Ming, a veteran pro-democracy and human rights activist and a Christian, served a life sentence in his native Hubei province starting 2005 until his death in Nov. 29, 2016. His family believes he was murdered, and the prison refused to allow an autopsy and forbade his family from attending his funeral.
Peng Ming

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a prominent member of the Tibetan exile, died after serving 13 years of a life sentence in China for “terrorism and inciting separatism” on July 12, 2015 at the age of 65. He was falsely accused of having orchestrated a bombing in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

Yang Tianshui, a well-known journalist, participated in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. He is currently serving a 12-year prison term after being convicted of “inciting subversion of state power.”
Yang Tianshui