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Ma Lianshun

Ma Lianshun

HRD, Lawyer

The government sees anyone who tries to stop it getting rich, taking the people's land and demolishing their homes ... as the greatest form of evil.

Ma Lianshun is a Zhengzhou-based human rights lawyer. He has defended those who have protested against forced demolitions and land grabs, HRDs commemorating the Tiananmen Square massacre and fellow lawyers who have been arrested because of their work. He has been questioned, surveilled, harrased, detained and beaten.


Chinese HRDs face intimidation, harassment, house arrest, abductions, torture and imprisonment. Arbitrary detention is widely used against HRDs, including house arrest, forced travel and detention in psychiatric hospitals.