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Lin Lanying

Lin Lanying


Lin Lanying is a long-time petitioner and woman human rights defender in Fuzhou. She first began petitioning 20 years ago after police failed to hold accountable the person responsible for causing a traffic accident that killed her daughter and disabled her son. In recent years, she participated in weekly solidarity gatherings of local activists and other peaceful assemblies in Fuzhou, as well as in online and offline actions to support prosecuted or imprisoned human rights defenders.


Chinese human rights defenders work across a wide spectrum of issues, engaging with rights violators on numerous levels. Many of China’s most prominent and most stringently prosecuted defenders have worked to protect the health and well-being of victims of physically harmful government and corporate practice, including forced abortion, food health scandals, environmental pollution, and corrupt or negligent government action leading to preventable loss of life.