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HRIC urges the international community to follow developments in the cases of Li Chunfu (李春富), Li Heping (李和平), Liu Sixin (刘四新), Liu Yongping (刘永平), Wu Gan (吴淦) (aka Tufu屠夫), and Wang Quanzhang (王全璋), who—more than a year into their detention—are still awaiting trial on the charge of “subversion of state power,” and to send independent observers to attend their trials to monitor procedural irregularities (see HRIC’s August 5, 2016 statement).
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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...
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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...
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 up to this designation was filled with...

 

[Translation by Human Rights in China]

Open Letter to Mr. Xi Jinping from Families of the 709 Crackdown

October 24, 2016

Dear General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Security Council Xi Jinping,

Greetings!

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...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad9I-RoJAbA (Speech at 59:20-1:07:08) http://www.martinennalsaward.org/ 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...
“Lawyer Xia Lin: Such Is Our Country, and All We Can Do Now Is Fill Up Our Glasses” Guo Yushan, September 20, 2016 [HRIC Note: On September 22, 2016, Xia Lin ( 夏霖) , a well-known criminal defense lawyer of the Beijing Huayi Law Firm was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment and three years’...
Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, released a statement today in Beijing saying that while China’s achievements in alleviating extreme poverty in recent years have been “extraordinary,” that progress has been accompanied by “very high levels of inequality...
Rights defender Liu Jiacai, currently serving his sentence in Hanjin Prison in Hubei Province, is frequently subjected to physical punishment and is taking psychotropic drugs to ease his mental pressure, according to fellow activist Li Wei. At the request of Liu’s wife, Li has constructed an...
In the first week of August 2016, the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People's Court tried and convicted one rights lawyer and three activists of “subversion of state power.” They were Zhai Yanmin ( 翟岩民) , a law firm employee; Hu Shigen ( 胡石根) , a democracy and religious freedom activist; Zhou Shifeng...
On May 9, 2016, imprisoned and ailing rights activist Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) (penname of Yang Maodong, ( 杨茂东 ) ) began a hunger strike to protest degrading treatment in prison that included the video recording of a forced physical exam, which prison authorities threatened to post online. Guo’s...
This week, Chinese authorities put on trial and convicted one rights lawyer and three activists on charges of “subversion of state power”: Zhai Yanmin ( 翟岩民) , a law firm employee; Hu Shigen ( 胡石根) , a democracy and religious freedom activist; Zhou Shifeng (周世锋 ) , a lawyer and law firm director;...
In this statements, eight family members of lawyers detained in the “709” crackdown express strong concern about Wang Yu being threatened and pressured into doing a video “interview ” in which she criticized her former colleague, Zhou Shifeng, as not being a “proper” lawyer. The statement also...
In late March 2016, Zhang Leilei, administrator of the Sina Weibo feminist account, “Feminist Activist Pie is More Delicious” (女权行动派更好吃) found that the account had been shut down for “publishing harmful messages and engaging in other rule-violating behavior.” [The Chinese character for “faction”...
On June 17, 2016, the Wuhan Municipal Procuratorate indicted Wuhan activist Qin Yongmin of “subversion of state power.” Qin had previously been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the same crime. Prior to the indictment, Qin was formally arrested on May 12 after having been disappeared for one year...
HRIC has resigned from the Global Network Initiative (GNI), the multi-stakeholder group founded in 2008 to advance freedom of expression and privacy in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. As a founding member and former board member of the GNI, HRIC has actively contributed...
Tan Zuoren, well-known environmental and human rights activist, was among the first participants of the “Save Guo Feixiong Hunger Strike Relay.” In this statement, Tan explains that a decade ago, when Guo was on hunger strike in prison, members of the Chengdu Study Group organized a hunger strike...
Ai Xiaoming , retired professor of Sun Yat-sen University and scholar of women's and public issues, went on a voluntary hunger strike for 24 hours to urge for the humane treatment of Guo Feixiong in detention, and also to support Yu Shiwen’s calls for justice, who was her Sun Yat-sen classmate. She...
Download a PDF copy of this joint letter here To Mr. Donald Tusk President of the European Council Brussels, 6 July 2016 Dear President Tusk, Ahead of the 18 th EU-China Summit in Beijing on 12 and 13 July 2016, FIDH, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), Human Rights in China (HRIC) and...
On June 16, 2016, Lam Wing-kee, one of the five Causeway Bay booksellers who went missing last fall and later turned up in mainland custody, spoke out publicly and exposed his traumatic eight-month detention by a “Central Special Unit” (中央专案组). During this time, Lam said he was interrogated nearly...
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?” (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

Governments

NGOs

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

[English Text, 中文译稿Video, English PDF]

Highlights
  • 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.

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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