China Releases 5 Women’s Rights Activists Detained for Weeks from The New York Times, 4/13/2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BEIJING — Police officers on Monday evening released five female activists who were detained early last month in China after trying to start a campaign against sexual harassment on public transportation, two lawyers representing the women said.

One of the lawyers, Liang Xiaojun, said police officers in western Beijing, where the five women were held for weeks, had to release the detainees after prosecutors decided not to immediately press criminal charges. The police had asked the prosecutors last week to charge all five women with organizing a crowd to disturb public order.

Find Out More about the the Feminist Five, their case, and the other five still held on suspicions of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.”