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[Above] September 28, 2017, Hong Kong: Civic groups reenacted the use of tear gas by police on September 28, 2014 against peaceful protesters calling for universal suffrage and against political interference from mainland China, an event that marked the beginning of the Umbrella Movement. In the 79 days that followed, tens of thousands of protestors—swelling to an estimated 180,000 at the peak—formed a sprawling occupy community in the Admiralty area on Hong Kong Island, near government offices, and in Mong Kok, in Kowloon. Three days after this commemoration, on October 1, tens of thousands braved heat and pouring rain to march against “authoritarian government” and demand that Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen step down over the re-sentencing in August of three young democracy activists. See more photos & videos: https://www.facebook.com/hrichina/
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Nearly a year ago, on November 28, 2016, Sichuan rights activist Huang Qi (黄琦) was detained by police in Chengdu and formally arrested the following month on suspicion of “illegally providing state secrets abroad.” Huang, a founder of 64 Tianwang Human Rights Center, has been in custody without a...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] I haven’t seen Huang Qi for three months. Originally, I had planned to see him after reviewing the case files. But after all this waiting, the permission to review the files never came. Although I haven’t been able to read the files, I still have to inform...
A day before the Hong Kong Final Court of Appeal’s hearing on whether it would allow pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law to appeal their prison sentences, two UN experts urge the court to consider their cases “in accordance with Hong Kong’s obligations under international human...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Chinese original was published by Radio Free Asia. On August 18, two videos of Liu Xia ( 刘霞 ) , the widow of Liu Xiaobo ( 刘晓波 ) , began circulating online. These clips appear to have been made and released by Chinese authorities with the purpose of letting the...
The functions and operation of the congress of the CPC According to the provisions of the CPC constitution, the Party Congress, held every five years, is the highest authority of the Party and its tasks are to elect the highest leadership and determine major policies. This is determined by China's...
Tianyong, It has been over two years since the beginning of the 709 Crackdown. Sometimes I think you are unlucky, as you were arrested just when everyone thought the crackdown was coming to an end. But you are also lucky, as you were the third to the last person to go to trial, before Wang...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] 他死了,这又能改变什么 阳光明亮,阿尔卑斯山巅的残雪在远方 如闪烁的鱼鳞,他的骨灰被抛向闪烁的大海 如鱼鳞,我们对他的追忆 也鱼鳞般渐行渐远么? 这又能改变什么,他死了 He died, and what can it change In bright sunshine, the distant remnant snow at the summit of the Alps Flickers like fish scales. His ashes tossed into the flashing sea Like...
On the afternoon of June 7, Lin Qilei met with Guangdong rights activist Li Xiaoling at the Beijing Xicheng District Detention Center. In the meeting, Li said that previously, because of delay caused by the Zhuhai police, the treatment she had received in Guangzhou for her acute glaucoma was not...
This poem by Liu Xia, written in 2010 for the then detained Liu Xiaobo, was circulated online on July 14, 2017, the day after Liu Xiaobo died of liver cancer. [Translation by Human Rights in China] Chinese Original I know, one day, sooner or later You’ll leave me And walk alone down the path of...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
A message from Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
October 30, 2017

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HRIC Daily Brief
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."

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.)

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]

HRIC 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.
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