Teng Biao

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Teng Biao (Chinese: 滕彪) (born 2 August 1973[1]) is a human rights activist and lawyer in China. Teng is a lecturer at the University of Politics and Law in Beijing. He has been a vocal supporter of human rights activists such as Chen Guangcheng and Hu Jia.[2] He has been arrested at least twice, in March 2008[3] and in February 2011.[4] He is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School.

Human rights activities[edit]

Teng Biao is one of the founders of the Open Constitution Initiative in 2003.

In 2006 he was counsel for the blind civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.


On 7 March 2008, Teng was abducted by Beijing Public Security agents and detained for two days.[3]

In 2011, Teng met with other lawyers on 16 February to talk about the case of Chen Guangcheng, who was placed illegally under house arrest after his release from prison. His fellow lawyers Jiang Tianyong and Tang Jitian, who attended the meeting, were arrested soon after.[5] Teng was arrested on 20 February, the first Sunday of the 2011 Chinese pro-democracy protests that were inspired by the Arab Spring.[4][4] On 28 February 2011, Amnesty International launched an "urgent action" in support of the three detained lawyers.[5] Teng Biao was released on 29 April, after more than two months of detention.[6] Human rights organisations state that "He remains under surveillance".[7]


  • Religious Freedom and Rule of Law Defender Award (2012) [8]
  • Prize for Outstanding Democracy Activist (2011) [9]
  • Human Rights Watch Hellman/Hammett Grants (2010) [10]
  • NED Democracy Award (2008) [11]
  • Human Rights Prize of French Republic (2007) [12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cat/docs/followup/CAT.C.CHN.CO.4.Add2.pdf
  2. ^ Taylor, J. 2006, 'China's most famous dissident still in limbo', AM, 5 August. Retrieved on 9 March 2008.
  3. ^ a b Buckley, C. 2008, 'China frees rights lawyer, may try dissident', The Guardian, 8 March. Retrieved on 9 March 2008.
  4. ^ a b c "Organizers urge sustained street protests in China". Mercury News. Associated Press. 2011-02-23. Archived from the original on 2011-02-26. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
  5. ^ a b Amnesty International, Urgent Action 02/28/2011, 'Three human rights lawyers detained in China'
  6. ^ New York Times, April 29, 2011, 'China Releases Detained Activist'
  7. ^ Amnesty International, May 9, 2011, 'Urgent action (good news): Chinese human rights lawyer Teng Biao, released' Archived 2011-10-08 at Archive.is
  8. ^ http://www.chinaaid.org/2012/07/chinaaid-freedom-and-rule-of-law.html
  9. ^ https://chinaview.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/chinese-lawyers-teng-biao-jiang-tianyong-named-democracy-prize-recipients/
  10. ^ https://www.ifex.org/awards/2010/08/05/hellman_hammett_award/
  11. ^ http://www.ned.org/wp-content/uploads/annualreports/2008/PDFs/AR_NewsEvents08.pdf
  12. ^ http://www.ifex.org/egypt/2007/12/18/cihrs_wins_france_s_human_rights/

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