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Human Rights Defenders

Human rights defenders are at the core of all HRIC work. We focus on defenders who are raising systemic rights issues such as: corruption, censorship and surveillance, land expropriation and evictions, environmental degradation, and crackdowns on ethnic groups. Through our in-country network of lawyers, petitioners, activists, journalists, bloggers, and writers, HRIC also monitors important cases, legal and policy developments, and the human rights challenges facing people across the country. 

With the rapidly expanding online space and explosion of the number of social media users, people all over China are now pressing for greater transparency, official accountability, and participation in decision-making. HRIC works to support this growing citizen activism by increasing access to information, bringing international attention to domestic calls for action, providing legal assistance and media support for individual cases, and offering training and resources for defenders.

Find out more about individual defenders and their issues on HRIC’s online platforms—media, Citizens' Square, China Rights Forum—or by clicking on an individual name below.

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