Liu Ping

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 first gained attention when she campaigned to be a local delegate in the National People’s Congress without government backing in 2011.

In 2013, Liu was arrested for illegal assembly, “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order,” and “using a cult to undermine law enforcement” following her part in organizing a demonstration, which transparency among Chinese officials about their income.

Liu was arrested again in June 2014, just before the 25th anniversary of the government crackdown in Tiananmen Square. She was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for “using a cult to undermine law enforcement,” “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order,” and “picking quarrels and provoking troubles.”

Liu was born on Dec. 2, 1964 in China’s inland Jiangxi province.