Wang Hanfei •  王寒非


Current Detention

Crimes: Illegal business activity, fraud

Length of Punishment: 4 years                                                                                                

Court: Chenzhou Intermediate People’s Court (Hunan Province)

Trial Date: March 4, 2013

Sentencing Date: April 20, 2013

Place of Incarceration: Chenzhou Prison

Dates of Detention/Arrest: July 15, 2012 (detention), July 23, 2012 (arrest)



Wang Hanfei, editor of the Hong Kong-based journal “China Special Report” (中国观察), was sentenced to four years in prison in April 2013, likely for publishing articles that authorities deemed to be politically sensitive. Activists were blocked from observing the hearing, and authorities have warned Wang’s wife to keep silent about the case and prevented her from visiting Wang. In May 2013, it was reported that Wang was being forced to work long hours in prison, and had also been seriously beaten.

Born in 1966, Wang registered the journal “China Special Report” in 2009 and published a large of number of articles ranging from disclosing official corruption, criticizing Chinese authorities to reporting human rights activists’ experience. He was taken into custody in July 2012 after publishing articles that disclosed corruption by the Chenzhou Communist Party secretary and praised Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波).


Further Information

Submission to UN on Wang Hanfei – August 29, 2013