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On May 4, 2016, a group of well-known activists began a hunger strike relay to urge Chinese authorities to provide imprisoned rights advocate Guo Feixiong with immediate medical treatment. Prominent participants have included environmental activist Tan Zuoren, rights activist Ai Xiaoming, human rights lawyer Jiang Tiangyong, and rights activist Hu Jia. According to volunteer reports, some participants have been harassed and questioned by police.
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Zhang Qing ( 张青 ) , wife of imprisoned rights activist Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) (penname of Yang Maodong, ( 杨茂东 ) ) reveals that Guo, already in failing health, is now on day 11 of a hunger strike. Guo began the hunger strike on May 9 to protest the degrading physical exam performed on him by prison...
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In a message to HRIC, Ai Wu, one of the participants of the hunger strike relay that begun on May 4 to support Guo Feixiong, reports that the strike has had the support of 161 person-times as of today, May 16. Today’s participants include lawyer Tang Jingling, currently serving a five-year prison...
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On May 1, 2016, lawyer Ma Lianshun visited his client, Henan dissident Yu Shiwen , in Zhengzhou No. 3 Detention Center and learned that on April 27, Yu had begun a hunger strike to protest the failure of the Guancheng District People's Court in Zhengzhou to try him (he has been in detention for two...
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A group of well-known activists in China have initiated a 24-hour relay hunger strike campaign, beginning on May 4, to urge the Chinese authorities to take immediate action to provide Guo Feixiong with immediate medical treatment. The initial seven hunger strikers include Tan Zuoren, the...
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The Chinese legislature passed today a law, introduced in draft in April 2015, which had elicited widespread concerns among diverse sectors of the international community about its potential to undermine the role and contributions that foreign organizations make toward China’s growing civil society...
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The following is an open letter by Zhang Qing ( 张青 ) , wife of imprisoned rights advocate Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) (also known as Yang Maodong ( 杨茂东 ) ), urging the UN Human Rights Council to conduct an investigation into Guo’s condition in Yangchun Prison in Guangdong Province. On April 26, Guo’s...
Yang Maoping ( 杨茂 平) , sister of imprisoned rights activist Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄) (also known as Yang Maodong ( 杨茂东) ), circulated online the below account about Guo’s ill health after she visited him in Yangchun Prison, Guangdong (广东阳春监狱) this morning. Yang said that she repeated a request she first...
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Lawyer Cai Ying reports that his client, rights defense lawyer Shu Xiangxin, in custody in the Jinan No.2 Detention Center for “libel,” was violently beaten and also suffered from other forms of maltreatment including being handcuffed and deprived of food, water, and access to toilet...
Labor activist Liu Shaoming ( 刘少明 ) was tried today at a court in Guangzhou for “inciting subversion of state power,” in a case that is almost entirely based on Liu’s writings published online. The trial ended without a verdict. Liu, a former worker who supported the 1989 Democracy Movement and has...
Zhang Lei, defense lawyer for Zhang Kai, filed the below complaint with the People's Procuratorate of Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, against Huang Baokun, Chief of Wenzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau and related officers handling Zhang Kai’s case. In the complaint Zhang alleges that Huang...
On April 8, 2016, the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court, in separate verdicts, convicted activists Xiewen Fei and Wang Mo of "inciting subversion of state power" and sentenced them each to four and a half years’ imprisonment, with three years’ deprivation of political rights. In court, both...
Yu Shaolei, former Southern Metropolis Daily editor, explains in a weibo post the reason for his resignation: he can’t take the Party’s surname, and his knees can’t take it anymore. Yu Shaolei’s weibo post: [Translation by Human Rights in China] This spring, let’s just break it off, clean. I’m old...
In a statement to the Human Rights Council today, the Chinese Ambassador to the U.N., Fu Cong, accuses “certain Western countries” of pursuing a policy of “new interventionism . . . under the banner of human rights and humanitarianism.” He also warns the Council itself from being used as a tool to...
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Wilson Center Kissinger Inst. on China & the U.S.

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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 webtv.un.org 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.

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