Chen Shuqing, Freelance
Imprisoned:September 11, 2014

Chen, a freelance writer and member of the China Democratic Party and the Independent Chinese PEN Center, was detained on September 11, 2014, in Hangzhou city, Zhejiang province, on suspicion of subversion of state power, and his home was raided by agents from the Hangzhou Public Security Bureau. He had written several articles for the overseas Chinese-language website Boxun about pro-democracy advocates, many of whom are in the hospital or detention. According to Human Rights in China, Chen was formally arrested on October 22, 2014.

Chen has been jailed before. He was placed under criminal detention on suspicion of inciting subversion of state power on September 14, 2006. On August 16, 2007, he was sentenced by Hangzhou Intermediate People's Court to four years in prison and one year's deprivation of political rights for subversion of state power. After the original verdict was upheld at the appellate court, Chen was jailed at Qiaosi prison in Hangzhou. He was released on September 13, 2010 after serving his term.

Chen was tried on September 29, 2015, by a Hangzhou court, the same day as another dissident writer, Lü Gengsong, but in a separate case. Chen denied all charges, according to Radio Free Asia. A verdict had not been given as of late 2015. Chen was being held at Hangzhou Detention Center.

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