Human Rignts Lawyers' Database

Ni Yulan (倪玉兰)

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Current status

Under imprisonment



In 1978, Ni entered Beijing Language and Culture University, majoring in Chinese, and received her Bachelor. She started working as a lawyer in 1986 and she took part in human rights work, striving for the rights of the underprivileged.

Because of the Beijing Olympics, the place where Ni lived was to be demolished. For the sake of her community, she started to protest against the forced demolition and she was beaten by the police. She was prosecuted for “obstructing an officer in discharge of duties” and was sentenced to 1 year and 2 year imprisonment in 2002 and 2008 respectively. Due to the lack of appropriate medical treatment in prison, she could no longer walk since 2002. She was released in 2008, finding that her house had been demolished, and she became homeless. In 2012, she was prosecuted for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” and “fraud” and sentenced to imprisonment for 2 years and 8 months. In the second trial in the same year, her sentence was shortened to 2 years and 6 months.

Cases handled

2002 Beijing Forced Demolition and Eviction Case