Hu Shigen is a writer who spent 16 years in prison on account of his pro-democracy activities. He is closely involved in the 'house church' movement in Beijing. In 1992, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for “leading a counterrevolutionary organisation” and “counterrevolutionary propaganda” because of his labour activism and work promoting democracy. Following a number of sentence reductions, he was released in 2008 and almost immediately threw himself back into work defending the rights of others. In 2014 he was detained for a month after attending a private commemoration ceremony for the people who were killed by the army during the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.