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On April 28, 2017, a court in Tianjin announced that it had tried lawyer Li Heping in secret three days earlier, on April 25, and convicted him of “subversion of state power.” Li’s family had not been informed. Li was first detained in July 2015, in the “709 Crackdown,” and had been kept in detention 21 months before his “trial.” HRIC urges the international community to follow developments in the cases of Wang Quanzhang (王全璋) and Xie Yang (谢阳), who were also first taken into custody in July 2015, and that of Wu Gan (吴淦) (aka Tufu屠夫), who was detained in May 2015. They are still being held without trial. Wu and Wang are charged with “subversion of state power,” and Xie, “inciting subversion of state power.” Allegations of torture of “709” detainees surfaced in early 2017 in Xie Yang’s account to his lawyer, and in interviews with released detainees. The August 2016 trials of four individuals had raised serious concerns about procedural irregularities (see HRIC’s August 5, 2016 statement).
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A Project of Human Rights in China (HRIC) Hong Kong stands at a critical historic juncture. The people of Hong Kong are facing complex challenges: increasing interference from mainland authorities is threatening to erode the “One Country, Two Systems” principle underlying the Basic Law, fundamental...
Below is a message sent today by Wang Qiaoling (王峭岭) , wife of lawyer Li Heping (李和平) , who has been in detention since July 2015 in the 709 Crackdown and is facing “subversion of state power” charges. She reports that in recent days cameras are mounted in front of her apartment building tracking...
On the eve of a summit meeting on April 6-7 between leaders of two of the world’s most powerful nations, Human Rights in China urges U.S. President Donald Trump to press Chinese President Xi Jinping to stop the serious violations of human rights, attack on the rule of law, and repression of civil...
The United Nation’s main human rights body, the Human Rights Council, met for its 34th session February 27 - March 24, 2017. China was not specifically on the Council’s agenda, but governments could still make statements regarding country-specific situations under Item Four General Debate period...
Call on China to Ensure the Right to a Fair Trial A Joint Statement by Legal Professional Groups & Human Rights ngos on the forthcoming Trials of The c ases of the 709 Crackdown To: All Press and Media (for immediate release) From: China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group (CHRLCG) Taiwan...
Ding Zilin, mother of Jiang Jielian, who was shot and killed, at age 17, on the night of June 3, 1989, is a founder of the Tiananmen Mothers group. Mrs. Lois Snow is the widow of the late Edgar Snow, American journalist and author of Red Star Over China (1937), widely regarded as one of the most...
Mr. President, This statement is delivered by FIDH together with its member league HRIC. China continues to subject human rights defenders and lawyers to smear campaigns, disappearances, prolonged pretrial detentions, torture, and forced confessions. It also seeks to restrict foreign support for...
In this half-hour video, lawyer Chen Jiangang details his meetings with his client lawyer Xie Yang, who alleges torture by detention personnel, and the process of the compiling his “ Transcripts of Meetings with Xie Yang .” Chen states that he stands by the veracity of his Transcripts, and will...
To: Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council RE: Sustaining attention to human rights violations in China Excellency, After another year marked by enforced disappearances, denial of due process, and continued efforts to suppress human rights, we call on...
Against the backdrop of recently emerged reports and allegations of torture in detention of several lawyers who have been in custody since the July 2015 massive crackdown on lawyers and rights defenders, and the “release on bail” of another lawyer displaying severe psychological problems including...
HRIC Senior Policy Advisor Gao Wenqian shares his views on U.S.-China relations reshaped under Donald Trump and some surprising implications for the human rights situation in China. Human Rights and the U.S.-China Diplomatic Chessboard Gao Wenqian Human rights have always been a piece on the U.S.-...
HRIC received the following account of the “release on bail” of lawyer Li Chunfu ( 李春富 ) , who was detained in the 709 crackdown in 2015. The account describes Li in a state of apparent psychological damage. It was written by Wang Qiaoling ( 王峭岭 ) , wife of Li’s brother, lawyer Li Heping (李和平) ,...
Rights lawyer from Beijing, Jiang Tianyong, has been missing since November 21, 2016. In light of the enforced disappearance and torture he suffered previously because of his involvement in numerous public interest defense cases and legal actions, his wife Jin Bianling, together with four family...
In the report “ The China Challenge to International Human Rights: What's at Stake? ” released earlier this month, HRIC examines the PRC government’s engagement with the international human rights system in recent years and concludes that its official declarations of practicing “socialist human...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] A Short Commentary on the 6th Plenum of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China The 6th Plenum of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China officially established Xi Jinping’s “core” status in the Party. The process leading...

Throughout the mass crackdown of lawyers and defenders, Chinese authorities have abused legal process and viciously attacked individuals and professional organizations. Yet, courageous individuals are still speaking out and countering the onslaught of official propaganda. (All text translated by Human Rights in China.)

It became known on August 1 that lawyer Wang Yu, the principal “culprit” in the “709 crackdown” was released on bail pending further investigation. The news came after she had been held in secret detention for more than one year, during which time she had no access to lawyers and nothing was known... (Speech at 59:20-1:07:08) Unofficial Transcription by Human Rights in China Madame Calmy-Rey, university rector, Foundation Chair, excellencies, colleagues and friends, I’m honored by this invitation to speak, which has...
NOTE: The following is an English translation of an essay originally presented at “The Legacy of Mao Zedong and Contemporary China” conference held in June 2016 at the University of California at Riverside. [Translation by Human Rights in China] Mao Zedong was the predestined misfortune of the...
NGO Statement at Human Rights Council
Geneva, March 15, 2017

Delivered by HRIC as member league of the FIDH on human rights violations in China and Turkey. (At 00:46:51 or video 29 on UN Web TV.)

Wang Qiaoling Accepts Franco-German Prize for Human Rights

Wang Qiaoling, wife of human rights lawyer Li Heping, speaks at awards ceremony while accepting a human rights prize from France and Germany, December 2016 (in Chinese).
See articles by Wang Qiaoling in HRIC's "Courageous Voices."

UN Human Rights Council: New & Recent

HRIC UPR Mid-Term Progress Assessment of China
“The China Challenge To International Human Rights: What’s At Stake?” (EN, CH) (November 2016)
Also available at: UPR-INFO.ORG

UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty & human rights: Philip Alston
End-of-mission statement from China visit (August 2016)
Final report (forthcoming) June 2017

HRIC Daily Brief
One Year On: International Community Urges China to Uphold Rule of Law

See more: Crackdown on Chinese Lawyers

Professional Associations



Reconsidering the Role of Human Rights in U.S.-China Relations

Wilson Center Kissinger Inst. on China & the U.S.

“Either/or ways of framing policy choices limit our strategic imagination. . . . We need to move away from traditional binary computing thinking and into the quantum space where both particle and wave can exist simultaneously and the possibilities are infinite.”

—Sharon Hom, HRIC Executive Director

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  • Mi Ling Tsui speaking at rally on the 57th Anniversary of the "Tibetan National Uprising Day." Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York City, March 10, 2016. Credit: HRIC photo.
  • Keith Harper, U.S. Ambassador to the Human Rights Council, delivering a joint statement by 12 governments on the human rights deterioration in China since 2015. Geneva, Switzerland, March 10, 2016. Credit: Screen capture of video.
  • Panel discussion HRIC participated in at Fordham Law School. New York City, March 7, 2016.
  • HRIC Executive Director, Sharon Hom, speaking at  “Cybersecurity from China’s Perspective,” panel organized by The Christian Science Monitor. Boston, February 4, 2016. Credit: Screen capture from Christian Science Monitor’s YouTube channel.
  • HRIC staff with NGO colleagues during China’s fifth review by the Committee Against Torture. Geneva, Switzerland, November 18, 2015. Credit: HRIC photo.
  • Sharon Hom presenting at the “Internet Freedom Technology Showcase: The Future of Human Rights Online,” coordinated by the U.S. Department of State. City University of New York, September 26, 2015.
  • Sharon Hom participating in “Tenzin Delek Lives: A Memorial and Tribute.” Foley Square, New York City, August 30, 2015. Credit: HRIC photo.
  • June Fourth candlelight vigil in Victoria Park, Hong Kong, 2015. Photo Credit: HRIC photo.

Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at NYU School of Law

HRIC is pleased to share New York University School of Law's announcement of the launch of the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights. We are honored to be leading one of the Institute’s new initiatives, the China and International Human Rights Law Research Program.  

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