Human Rights in China (HRIC), founded by Chinese students and scholars in March 1989, is an international, Chinese, nongovernmental organization with a mission to promote international human rights and advance the institutional protection of these rights in the People’s Republic of China. HRIC’s board and staff include Chinese, North American, and European individuals devoted to fostering greater space for democratic reforms and social justice.
HRIC’s approach is a long-term process of engaging multiple international actors, including the media, governments, corporations, various United Nations bodies, and other multilateral organizations. HRIC also aims to maximize and leverage its resources by collaborating with other local, regional, and international NGOs.
HRIC’s education, research, and advocacy strategies are guided by three key objectives:
- Advance the rule of law and foster the growth of civil society in China;
- Strengthen the institutional protection of human rights through casework, policy advocacy, and electronic advocacy; and
- Generate international pressure for social change in China and promote the Chinese government’s compliance with its international human rights obligations.