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Liu Xiaobo, 61, prominent Chinese intellectual and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, recognized for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental rights in China,” died of liver cancer on July 13, 2017 in Chinese custody. A proponent of China’s peaceful transition to a constitutional democracy, he co-authored Charter 08, a petition for political reform, for which, along with six essays on human rights and social issues, he was sentenced in 2009 to 11 years’ imprisonment for “inciting subversion of state power.” In prison, his health deteriorated. The authorities announced in June 2017 that he had been transferred to a hospital for treatment of “late-stage liver cancer” that was diagnosed in May—an announcement that came some two years after cirrhosis of the liver was reportedly diagnosed in 2015. But they denied his subsequent wish to leave China to receive treatment abroad accompanied by his wife, poet Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest since 2010, right after the Nobel Peace Prize was announced.
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Twenty-eight years ago, who would have imagined that today’s world would become like this? At this rate, the world in another 28 years will be unthinkable. For whom does the bell toll? I hope Liu Xiaobo’s death will become the start of a reversal.
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Human Rights in China has learned from reliable sources that after Liu Xiaobo died in custody, the mother of Huang Qi ( 黄琦 ) , the detained founder of 64 Tianwang Human Rights Center, became especially concerned that her seriously ill son may also die in detention. Huang was detained in November...
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At the request of the Tiananmen Mothers, HRIC issues the group’s message to Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia (below). [Translation by Human Rights in China] Xiaobo: Although you lost your freedom and lost your life, you still possess the great love of the world, which no one on Earth can match. In our hearts...
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Human Rights in China mourns in great sorrow the tragic passing of Liu Xiaobo ( 刘晓波) today, at age 61. Liu was a proponent of a nonviolent citizens’ movement and a leading advocate for constitutional democracy in China. He was a Nobel Peace laureate who envisioned a better future for the people of...
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At the request of the Tiananmen Mothers, HRIC issues the group’s open letter to Xi Jinping (below) regarding Liu Xiaobo. Letter to President Xi Jinping from Tiananmen Mothers Regarding Liu Xiaobo Chairman Xi Jinping: We were shocked by the devastating news that in prison, Mr. Liu Xiaobo became...
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At the request of the Tiananmen Mothers, HRIC issues the group’s statement (below) regarding Liu Xiaobo. Statement by the Tiananmen Mothers Regarding Liu Xiaobo When Mr. Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, he had expressed that he wanted to regift the award money to us. We thanked him for his...
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HRIC is shocked by the information that imprisoned Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo ( 刘晓波 ) is suffering from late-stage liver cancer, and outraged by the fact that it is only at this point that the Chinese authorities have released him on medical parole. We are greatly saddened by the heartbreaking...
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Today we went to the entrance of the Supreme People’s Court. The bailiff was blocking the way of an elderly woman petitioner. But when he saw us, he let us through, and called on his mobile to inform the authorities inside: “They have arrived and are going in.” Wenzu and I exchanged a knowing smile...
The European Union should cancel its upcoming human rights dialogue with China and suspend the exchange until the meetings can bring genuine human rights improvements, ten human rights organizations said today. The next EU-China human rights dialogue is scheduled for June 22-23, 2017, in Brussels...
In a statement issued today, family members of Jiang Tianyong ( 江天勇 ) , a prominent rights lawyer disappeared in November 2016 in Changsha and who was officially arrested on suspicion of “subversion of state power” on May 31, 2017, protest the authorities’ refusal to let lawyers retained by the...
FIDH-HRIC Statement Human Rights Council 35th Session Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty Delivered by Sharon Hom, June 8, 2017 ( Video, Chapter 4 ) Thank you, Mr. President, This statement is delivered by FIDH together with its member organization Human...
At the request of the Tiananmen Mothers, Human Rights in China (HRIC) is issuing the following essay by the group to commemorate the victims of June Fourth on its 28th anniversary. An Essay on the 28th Anniversary of the June Fourth Massacre The Tiananmen Mothers June 1, 2017 [Translation by Human...
Not long ago, Guo Wengui ( 郭文贵 ) , a Chinese tycoon now living in exile overseas, dropped a bombshell allegation that directly targeted Wang Qishan ( 王岐山 ) , Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), who spearheads the Chinese government’s anti-corruption campaign. The...
Download a PDF copy of this joint letter here Brussels, May 22, 2017 Re: EU China Summit Dear President Tusk, President Juncker, and High Representative Mogherini, Our organizations have documented and advocated solutions to human rights violations in China for decades. We write ahead of the June 2...
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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...
On the morning of April 6, after the verdict was announced on March 31 in her trial, Su Changlan was finally permitted to meet with her lawyer for the first time. Su told her lawyer that although she had predicted the verdict, after it was announced she felt angry and upset. Moreover, she believes...
Beijing human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong has been detained since November 21, 2016, and has been denied meetings with lawyers and family. It was reported that he accepted an interview with the Global Times . Jiang’s defense lawyers Chen Jinxue and Tan Chenshou released a statement pointing out...
Liu Zhengqing, defense lawyer for human rights lawyer Xie Yang who was arrested in the “709” Crackdown, went to Changsha No. 2 Detention Centre to apply to meet with Xie. He was told that he “would receive a reply within 48 hours.” After the 48 hours had passed, not only was there no meeting...
A few days ago, Beijing activist Ni Yulan spent RMB 40,000 to rent an apartment, only then to be harassed by the real estate broker and the landlord, who asked her to move, claiming that the apartment is public housing and not authorized for rental (but when she was renting the apartment, the...
In response to the report published by the Party mouthpiece The Global Times, on March 1, entitled “Investigation Reveals Fake ‘Torture Stories’ About Lawyer Xie Yang,” Xie Yang’s lawyer Chen Jiangang published, on the following day, “My Meetings with Xie Yang, Before and After.” Chen’s article...

People gathered in front of Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal for a candlelight vigil to demand the release of imprisoned Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who is suffering from late-stage liver cancer and has been transferred out of prison to a hospital for treatment.

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UN Human Rights Council: New & Recent

UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty & human rights: Philip Alston
Final report (March 2017): EN, CH
End-of-mission statement on China visit (August 2016): EN, CH

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

 

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."

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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