Peter Yang

Peter Yang is a college student and son of twice imprisoned Chinese human rights lawyer Guo Feixiong, unlawfully detained since January 2022.  

Guo Feixiong, the pen name of Yang Maodong, has been the victim of incessant harassment, imprisonment, and torture at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party for his legal activism. Best known for his role in the 2005 landmark human rights case defending the rights of villagers in Taishi Village against corrupt officials, Feixiong served eleven years in prison on two sentences for his activism between 2006-2019.  

In July 2021, Feixiong was denied entry on a flight to the United States to care for his wife who was diagnosed with late-stage colon cancer. Amidst repeated attempts to visit her, he was given a travel ban by Chinese authorities and forcibly disappeared a few months later. Two days after his wife’s passing, he was formally arrested in January 2022 for “inciting subversion of state power.” He currently awaits trial.   

Living in exile since 2009, Peter Yang has not seen his father since he was 7 years old. Without both of his parents, he is urgently working for Feixiong’s immediate release. 



Fighting for my Dad with Peter Yang

Peter Yang, son of Guo Feixiong, imprisoned Chinese “barefoot lawyer” and civil rights activist, addresses the 15th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for his remarks. Full Remarks I am here today, speaking for my father, Yang Maodong, who is more known for his pen name, Guo