Exhibition Site

Against a backdrop of rapid socio-economic change and modernization, China continues to be an authoritarian one-party state that imposes sharp curbs on freedom of expression, association, and religion; openly rejects judicial independence and press freedom; and arbitrarily restricts and suppresses human rights defenders and organizations, often through extra-judicial measures.

Li Wangyang in 6 June 2012, one year after his release from prison, and a few days after a television interview in which he continued to call for vindication of the Tiananmen Square protests, was found hanged in a hospital room. Shaoyang city authorities initially claimed suicide was the cause of his death, but it was revised to 'accidental death' after the autopsy. †