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Ding Jiaxi

Ding Jiaxi

HRD, Lawyer
The Guardian Report

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NYT Article

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China Change Article

 To Be a Citizen Who Speaks Up and Has an Attitude: Lawyer Ding Jiaxi Speaks from Prison

Global Human Rights Defender Award

Aside from this, my deepest feeling has been that there is a bright side to every misfortune, and being in prison has been a type of blessing from which I have gained a new understanding of destiny, of life, of my country, and of responsibility. I have had no regrets for what I have done, either before or now.

Ding Jiaxi is a lawyer and a prominent figure within the New Citizens Movement which campaigned for greater transparency among Chinese Communist Party officials, greater equality within the education system as well as for Constitutional Government. In 2012 and 2013, he participated in a number of small protests in Beijing calling on Chinese officials to reveal their personal assets.  

China General Context

Chinese HRDs face intimidation, harassment, house arrest, abductions, torture and imprisonment. They also work under very restrictive legislation, including laws which criminalize all unauthorized demonstrations and require government sponsorship for NGO registration, which is refused to any organisation touching on human rights issues.