Ni Yulan

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Ni Yulan
Voa chinese Ni Yulan 4oct10.jpg
Beijing, China
Known forhuman rights advocacy
Spouse(s)Dong Jiqin (Chinese: 董继勤)
ChildrenDong Xuan (Chinese: 董璇, daughter)
Ni Yulan
Traditional Chinese倪玉蘭
Simplified Chinese倪玉兰

Ni Yulan (倪玉兰) born 1960) is a civil rights lawyer in the People's Republic of China. Ni began practicing law in 1986,[1] and established herself in the field of human rights lawyering by defending marginalized groups such as Falun Gong practitioners and victims of forced eviction.[2][3]

Ni began her human rights work in 2001, when her neighborhood in Beijing was slated to be demolished in order to accommodate the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Ni organized with neighbors to attempt to save their homes or demand equitable compensation.[1] In 2002, Ni was arrested while filming the destruction of a neighbor's home. She was disbarred and sentenced to a year in prison. As a result of torture incurred in prison in 2002, Ni was left permanently disabled, and she now uses a wheelchair.[4] Soon after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Ni was again arrested for advocating on behalf of displaced residents, and sentenced to two years in prison.[1] Upon her release, she had to live in a tent, since she was a victim of land eviction herself.[5][6][7]

On 7 April 2011, Ni and her husband were detained by police as part of a nationwide crackdown on dissent. On 29 December 2011, Chinese authorities put Yulan on trial for fraud in Beijing.[8] In April 2012, Ni was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for “making trouble” and "fraud." Her husband, Dong Jiqin, was similarly sentenced to two years for "making trouble."[4]

In 2011, Ni was the recipient of the Human rights defenders tulip, an annual award presented by the government of the Netherlands.[1][2]

In 2016, she received an International Women of Courage Award.


  1. ^ a b c d Eurasia Review, 'Dutch Government Names Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Ni Yulan as 2011 Tulip Rights Award Winner', 23 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Dutch FM "prefers cheese trade to human rights", 31 January 2012.
  3. ^ Paul Mooney, "Darkness at Noon" South China Morning Post, 30 January 2011.
  4. ^ a b Human Rights Watch, China's Rights Defenders.
  5. ^ "China warns not to interfere with detention of Ai Weiwei". Tagesschau. 7 April 2011. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  6. ^ Wong, Edward (15 April 2011). "China: 54 Detained in Crackdown". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Peter Ford, "Why Chinese activist Ni Yulan lost nearly everything", Christian Science Monitor, 6 July 2010.
  8. ^ Associated Press, "Lawyer targeted in Chinese crackdown", Japan Times, 30 December 2011, p. 4.

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