I was in Hawaii with my daughters on Christmas break when I heard that Jiaxi (丁家喜) had been detained. I was climbing a hiking trail by the sea, my girls splashing in the water at the beach below. The sky and the sea were a brilliant blue; the white sand beach stretched endless in the afternoon sun.
Family of Chinese pro-democracy movement leader speaks out
July 30, 2020
By Rupa Shenoy
The World's Rupa Shenoy speaks with the wife and daughter of attorney Ding Jiaxi, a leader of the pro-democracy China Citizens Movement, who was arrested in December. His lawyer has been denied access to him, and his family can't find out where he's being held.
Op-ed: China must release Ding Jiaxi, civil rights activist and my father
July 27, 2020
By Caroline Ding
My father was arrested for the first time in April 2013 for his work as a civil rights activist. Along with activist Xu Zhiyong, he led the New Citizens’ Movement (now China Citizens Movement), which aims to peacefully promote democracy and constitutionalism in China. To attain this goal, they helped like-minded individuals...
After several weeks of sheltering in place, being holed up in quarantine, or just experiencing a dramatically restricted mode of living due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, it is quite natural to start feeling a little sorry for oneself. A wholesome remedy for such feelings is to think about other people who are also shut up...
China: UN experts gravely concerned by enforced disappearance of three human rights defenders
Mar 23, 2020
GENEVA (23 March 2020) - UN human rights experts* expressed their grave concern about the welfare of three human rights defenders who were forcibly disappeared by the Chinese authorities shortly after their arrest in December 2019.
From a Successful Lawyer to a Civil Rights Activist — An Exclusive Interview With Ding Jiaxi
Mar 19, 2020
By Yaxue Cao
Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜) was reluctant when I asked for an interview. It was in the fall of 2017, a year after he was released from prison as a leader of the New Citizens Movement. He was visiting his wife and two daughters in Alfred, a village of 5,000 souls in Upstate New York, and would go back to China in a few days.
Communiqué Alleging Arbitrary Detention of DING Jiaxi, ZHANG Zhongshun, DAI Zhenya – February 2020
Feb 26, 2020
Ding Jiaxi, a Beijing-based lawyer, began his human rights activism in 2010 by pushing for the right of migrant workers’ children to take college entrance exams at the location of their current residence rather than needing to return to a place of origin. He also offered legal assistance and provided food to "petitioners" ...
The Aftermath of a Gathering: Arrest, Flight, Hiding, and Family Separation
Jan 27, 2020
By Yaxue Cao
Last month, on December 7 and 8, around 20 Chinese men and women from around the country gathered in the southeastern city of Xiamen. Among them were lawyers and those of other professions. They met in a private home, discussing current events and policy, public affairs, and China’s political trajectory.