Human Rignts Lawyers' Database

Tang Jingling (唐荆陵)

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Work Location

Guangzhou, Guangdong Province


Date of Birth



Current Status

License Revoked. Being arrested with the charge of "inciting subversion of state power".



Tang Jingling passed the National Bar Examination in October 1997 and began practicing law in the Guangdong Huazhijie law firm in 2000. He was attorney and defense counsel for the lawsuit against persecuted villagers in the Taishi Village recall incident in August 2005. The law firm’s director who supported Tang’s handling of the case was sacked under political pressure. Three months afterwards, due to political oppression, the firm prematurely terminated Tang’s employment contract. Tang initially intended to apply to transfer to another registered law firm in April 2006, but the company which had accepted his application withdrew his registration later under political pressure. Thus, his lawyer’s license remained suspended. Currently, he serves as legal advisor and does English translation work to maintain livelihood.

Tang has been devoted in promoting civil disobedience movement in China, aiming at bringing about the development of liberal democracy in the country. Some of the campaigns that he has initiated includeReclaiming ballot papers” and “June Fourth Meditation” etc.

During the “Chinese Jasmine Revolution” in February 2011, Tang was arrested and detained in black jail under the charge of “inciting subverting the State power”. At the time of detention, Tang was being threatened and being tortured by not allowing him to sleep for 10 consecutive days. The case was then discharged and Tang was released on 8th February 2011. Later on, Tang and his wife have been summoned, harassed, put under home arrest and even being treated inhumanly on various occasions.

Tang’s family has been harassed after his intervention in the Li Wangyang case in June 2012.

On 16th May 2014, human rights lawyer Tang Jingling, who was based in Guangzhou, was criminally detained for alleged “disrupting public order”. Tang Jingling was kicked as he refused to obey the officers’ order to crouch. He was arrested with the charge of “inciting subversion of state power” on 20th June. He is currently detained in the Guangzhou No.1 Detention Center, unable to meet with his lawyer.


Cases Handled

2012    Li Wangyang “suicide” case

2005    Taishi Village recall incident

2004    Dongguan Xingang labour harassment case