After a month of detention, Chinese authorities released five feminist activists on bail.
Wei Tingting, 26; Wang Man, 32; Zheng Churan, 25; Li Tingting, 25; and Wu Rongrong, 30, still face criminal charges, according to Chinese Human Rights Defenders.
A campaign to #FreeTheFive had spread around China and the world online after the women were taken into custody in March.
The women were arrested with other activists involved in planning rallies against sexual harassment on public transportation to coincide with International Women's Day on March 9.
Most of those who were arrested were later released, but the five women remained in custody, even though their families and colleagues said they had done nothing wrong. Authorities also investigated their previous protest work against domestic violence and to create more public toilets.
Though they had been allowed to return to their families, they will be monitored for a year and could be detained again as police investigation continues, the New York Times reported.
Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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