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HRIC urges the international community to follow developments in the cases of Wu Gan (吴淦) (aka Tufu屠夫), Wang Quanzhang (王全璋), Li Yanjun (李燕军), and Yao Jianqing (姚建清) (pictured above from left to right, respectively), who were detained in 2015 in what came to be called the 709 Crackdown and are still in custody without trial. On April 25, 2017, the authorities tried Li Heping (李和平) in secret of “subversion of state power,” and convicted him on April 28, and sentenced him to three years’ imprisonment, suspended for four years, with four years’ deprivation of political rights. On May 8, 2017, Xie Yang (谢阳), whose torture in detention was exposed in January 2017 by his lawyer Chen Jiangang (陈建刚), was tried for “inciting subversion of state power” and "disrupting court order." He was released on bail the same day, and no verdict was announced.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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...
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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

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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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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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