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Increasing Calls to Release Detained “A4. Blank Paper” Protesters

Two months after nationwide protests in China in response to Zero-COVID policy, a large number of peaceful protesters remain in detention on charges of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” or “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order.” Human rights groups  have called for the release of the “A4” or “blank paper” detainees (so called because of the blank sheets of A4 paper used as protest signs during the gatherings). Some of the detainees have reportedly been threatened, physically abused, or denied access to legal representation while in detention.

Chinese Human Rights Defenders has compiled a list of known detainees.

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