“One In, One Out”: Human Rights Lawyer Li Fangping Detained

Wu’s Lawyer, Li Fangping, taken by authorities, too. Human rights lawyer Li Fangping has been detained in Beijing, hours after the release of Teng Biao, in an apparent “revolving-door trick” designed to influence public perception of the crackdown. From Chinese Human Rights Defenders: Around 5 pm local time on April 29, Beijing-based human rights lawyerContinue reading ““One In, One Out”: Human Rights Lawyer Li Fangping Detained”

China’s human rights crackdown – interactive guide – click and read!

China’s human rights crackdown – interactive guide Chinese authorities have made their biggest move against dissidents and activists for years, including artist Ai Weiwei. The crackdown followed an anonymous online call for protests inspired by Middle Eastern uprisings, although it is unclear if any of those held or missing were connected to the appeal. InformationContinue reading “China’s human rights crackdown – interactive guide – click and read!”

Report from ‘Sit In’ Outside Chinese Consulate, Manhattan, NY

A view of some of the many protesters at the Ai Weiwei protest in New York City (all photos by author) At 1 pm EST today near the Chinese embassy in Manhattan, out by the water at 520 Twelfth Avenue, a congregation of chairs gathered. Members of the city’s art world, community members and humanContinue reading “Report from ‘Sit In’ Outside Chinese Consulate, Manhattan, NY”

Ai Weiwei arrest: Chinese lawyer and designer are latest to disappear

Crackdown on dissent continues with apparent detention by authorities in China of two more associates of activist-artist Share89 Tania Branigan in Beijing guardian.co.uk, Friday 15 April 2011 18.03 BST Article history People in Hong Kong walk past street stencils of detained Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The words ‘Who’s afraid of Ai Weiwei’ areContinue reading “Ai Weiwei arrest: Chinese lawyer and designer are latest to disappear”

Please Remember WEN Tao, my assistant, who also disappeared April 3rd, 2011

Wen Tao, a very good friend and helpful assistant to Ai Weiwei, was an extremely helpful and supportive member of the Wu Yuren PR/communications team that was assembled shortly after Wu ‘s disappearance and detention, from June 2010 until very recently.  Unfortunately, he was also detained and disappeared on April 3rd, 2011 from a studioContinue reading “Please Remember WEN Tao, my assistant, who also disappeared April 3rd, 2011”

Sit-in At Your Local Chinese Embassy – 1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei

4.13.2011 This Saturday: 1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei Ai Weiwei, Fairytale, 2007 An email from Creative Time: A question posted on Facebook about what we, as an arts community, can do to support the safe release of Ai Weiwei sparked great ideas, including one by curator Steven Holmes to reenact Ai Weiwei’s project Fairytale: 1001Continue reading “Sit-in At Your Local Chinese Embassy – 1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei”

The Purge of Ai Weiwei – a very good read!

The Purge of Ai Weiwei Colin Jones – April 13, 2011 WHY WAS Ai Weiwei allowed to say the things he did? Any journalist who interviewed him in the last several years would eventually ask him the question, and it was incredible how Ai could reformulate the same answer again and again. Here he isContinue reading “The Purge of Ai Weiwei – a very good read!”

Ai Weiwei and Wen Tao-missing for over one week-against Geneva Convention of 1955

It has been over a week since Ai Weiwei and Wen Tao disappeared … that sort of lack of communication is totally illegal according to Chinese law, as it relates to China having signed the Geneva Convention on the Standard minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners adopted by the First United nations Congress onContinue reading “Ai Weiwei and Wen Tao-missing for over one week-against Geneva Convention of 1955”

Please remember WEN Tao, who also disappeared Sunday April 3rd

Wen Tao, very good friend and fearless assistant of Ai Weiwei, also disappeared on Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 from the Caochangdi area of Beijing. The same morning, Ai Weiwei was taken by authorities at the airport when he was trying to board a flight to Hong Kong. Wen Tao was also extremely helpful to meContinue reading “Please remember WEN Tao, who also disappeared Sunday April 3rd”

Beijing: One released, another detained … Important read.

Beijing: One dissident released, another detained Artist Ai Weiwei arrives to the Wenyuhe court to support fellow artist Wu Yuren during his trial in Beijing, November 2010 (photo/AP) There’s mixed news coming out of Beijing. Amidst an atmosphere of crackdown — as foreign journalists face greater restrictions on their activities — the artist Ai WeiContinue reading “Beijing: One released, another detained … Important read.”