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Since July 9, Chinese authorities have disappeared, detained, or questioned at least 260 lawyers and activists throughout China. The nationwide police action against lawyers is unprecedented in scale, far surpassing a similar crackdown following the Jasmine Revolution in 2011.
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The International Olympic Committee's decision to award the 2022 Winter Olympics Host City to Beijing blatantly ignores the current government crackdown of unprecedented scale targeting human rights lawyers and defenders in China, as well as a water shortage that has already reached crisis levels...
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In 2001, the International Olympics Committee voted to award the 2008 Olympics to China, despite its human rights record and the fact that Beijing achieved a top rating in only one out of ten selection categories. In the nearly decade and a half since, not only has China failed to improved its...
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Thomas Bach President International Olympic Committee Château de Vidy Case postale 356 1001 Lausanne Switzerland VIA Fax: +41 21 621 62 16 (Lausanne) VIA Email & Fax: +60 32 333 28 82 (Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre) Open Letter to IOC President Thomas Bach July 28, 2015 Dear Mr. President: On...
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This is an excerpt from rights defense lawyer Tang Jingling’s defense and final statement at his trial for "inciting subversion of state power." In the statement, he recounts the rights defense activities he has carried out over some 20 years and his commitment to China’s democratization. He...
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Dear Father and Mother: I, your unfilial son, kowtow to you both. Not only am I unable to let you live your later years in peace, or provide Mother the means to obtain comprehensive traditional medicine treatment, I have brought you to Beijing, and brought upon you a huge disaster. Perhaps you know...
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In less than a week, from July 9 to date, Chinese authorities have disappeared, detained, or questioned at least 159 lawyers and activists throughout China. The lawyers, including Wang Yu ( 王宇 ) , Zhou Shifeng ( 周世鋒 ) , Li Heping ( 李和平 ) , and Sui Muqing ( 隋牧青 ) , are known for their rights defense...
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The Beijing Chaoyang Lawyers Association sent a letter to the National People's Congress expressing strong concern about Articles 35 and 36 of the proposed Draft 9th Amendment to the Criminal Law , which will criminalize disruptions to courtroom order and disclosure of information from court...
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“At approximately 4:00 a.m. on July 9, 2015, between 20 and 30 police officers surrounded the home of lawyer Wang Yu and took her away on account of ‘drug addiction.’ It is unclear which police station they were from. An officer at the Laiguangying police substation didn’t respond to an inquirer’s...
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On June 5, Shi Tao, former editor of “Contemporary Business News,” issued a statement protesting the deletion of contents from his WeChat “Moments,” and condemning WeChat for having become a shameful accomplice to powerful officials. Afterwards, he registered for a NetEase account. Despite being...
Click here to download a PDF version of the open letter . To the EU and Chinese representatives to the 17 th EU-China Summit: Marking the 40th anniversary of EU-China diplomatic relations, the 17th Summit between the European Union and China that will take place on Monday 29 June in Brussels will...
Torture is a pervasive problem in China. To mark the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture , HRIC has translated the below case seeking compensation for the alleged torture of a man who died in police custody in China. The case is a concrete, individual example of the issues people...
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Guo Feixiong (aka Yang Maodong), rights defender accused of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” and detained in Tianhe District Detention Center, Guangzhou, demands state compensation for the ill-treatment he received from bailiffs of the Guangzhou Municipal Tianhe District...

China’s review is scheduled for the session beginning November 9. NGO Submission Deadline: October 26, 2015(See more.) For information on the review process and China’s past reviews, see HRIC’s page on China and the CAT
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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.