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Yin Xu'an

HRD, Petitioner

Yin Xu'an (尹旭安) is a petitioner and a human rights defender from Daye city in eastern Hubei province. He has lodged complaints against government offices and campaigned on issues such as wrongful convictions, the system of 're-education through labour', extralegal detention, unlawful ex-appropriation of land, and the judicial harassment of other human rights defenders and political activists. He has also advocated for the Chinese government to ratify international human rights instruments, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Yin Xu'an has repeatedly been detained or imprisoned since 2007, as a result of his human rights advocacy.

China police

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. Other Chinese HRDs work to protect the economic rights of Chinese citizens, advocating for victims of property appropriation, forced demolition, and violation of labour contracts. Still others take on cases of freedom of expression for China’s ethnic and religious minorities.