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About Us

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is a Chinese non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in March 1989 by overseas Chinese students and scientists. We actively engage in case and policy advocacy, media and press work, and capacity building. Through our original publications and extensive translation work, HRIC provides bridges and uncensored platforms for diverse Chinese voices. 

Our activities promote fundamental rights and freedoms and provide solidarity for rights defenders and their families by supporting citizens’ efforts to effectively communicate, as well as organize and participate in rights defense activities.

Through our media and advocacy work, we raise international awareness of and support for the diverse and expanding civil society activism in China. To accomplish these goals, we engage with a wide range of high-level authorities, including United Nations human rights bodies and national governments, as well as the business community and international media outlets.

With an international office in New York and a China office in Hong Kong, HRIC actively works on local, regional, and global platforms.

Staff

Our small and committed staff brings diverse expertise in Chinese and international human rights law, Chinese politics, language, and culture, as well as policy experience in the information and communications technologies (ICT) sector. Read about our senior staff below.

Board of Directors
  • William Bernstein, Co-chair, HRIC; Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Fu Hualing, Co-chair, HRIC; Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
  • Sharon Hom, Executive Director, HRIC; Professor of Law Emerita, School of Law, CUNY
  • Cheuk Kwan, Secretary, HRIC; Chairman, Toronto Association for Democracy in China
  • R. Scott Greathead, Treasurer, HRIC; Partner, Wiggin and Dana, LLP; CEO, World Monitors, Inc.
  • Robert L. Bernstein, Chair Emeritus, HRIC; founding chair and board member, Human Rights Watch
  • Cheng Xiaonong, former Chief Editor, Contemporary China Studies
  • Han Dongfang, founder and Executive Director, China Labour Bulletin
  • Hu Ping, Editor, Beijing Spring; former Chair, Chinese Alliance for Democracy
  • Li Jinjin, Attorney at Law; labor organizer in 1989 Democracy Movement
  • Andrew J. Nathan, Professor of Political Science at Columbia University
  • Ian Buruma, Professor, Human Rights and Journalism, Bard College
  • Liu Qing, leader in the Democracy Wall Movement in Beijing
What We Do
Our Mission

Promote international human rights and advance the institutional protection of these rights in the People’s Republic of China.

Applicants should be committed to HRIC's mission and interested in working in a friendly, high-energy, collaborative bilingual NGO that insists on the highest professional and public-interest standards. Currently available staff positions and information on internship opportunities can be found HERE.

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