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HRIC’s press work draws upon our systematic policy monitoring and communications with a wide network of domestic contacts—petitioners, rights defenders and activists, lawyers, and citizen reporters—and the vibrant discourse of the expanding Chinese online community.

Through press releases, statements, case updates, and HRIC Bulletins, we contribute to public understanding of important issues and cases. Our press work provides an international platform for Chinese voices through extensive English translation of essays, statements, open letters, and petitions by individuals or groups inside China.

 

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Li Yufang Released, Mistreated During Imprisonment

Shanghai rights defender, Li Yufang (李玉芳), was released from prison on December 18, 2014 after completing a one-year sentence for “obstructing official business.” Li Yufang told Human Rights in China that on the day of her release, the vice-president of the Shanghai Municipal Intermediate People’s...

Hong Kong: “It’s Just the Beginning”

Today, Hong Kong police cleared out the Admiralty site of a 74-day peaceful mass civil disobedience movement pressing for genuine universal suffrage. But instead of the closing of a troubling political chapter, hoped for by both the local and central governments, the Umbrella Movement in fact was “...

Rights Activist Guo Feixiong’s Trial Ends without Verdict

The nearly 18-hour trial of rights activists Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄), also known as Yang Maodong (杨茂东), and Sun Desheng (孙德胜) ended without verdicts for the defendants. The activists were tried in the Guangzhou Municipal Tianhe District People’s Court (广州市天河区法院 ) for “gathering crowds to disrupt order...

Peter Gabriel, Pussy Riot & More Project Photos, Messages of Support to Hong Kong Demonstrators

As Hong Kong protesters stand up to recent heavy handed police tactics in clearing sections of the Mong Kok Occupy site, Peter Gabriel, Pussy Riot, Iron & Wine, and others have sent photos and messages of support which are being projected on the Lennon Wall in the Admiralty District of downtown...

UN Women’s Rights Committee Highlights Key Challenges Facing China’s Civil Society

In a report on the situation of women’s rights in China, a United Nations expert committee advances dozens of recommendations aimed at addressing their concerns, which, if adopted, would strengthen China’s civil society, including: availability and transparency of data on policies and practices...

At UN, China Faced Tough Questions on Women’s Rights, Gets Poor Grade for Universal Suffrage for Hong Kong

Today in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women posed hard-hitting questions on the progress of women’s rights in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao. In a comprehensive exchange with the Chinese delegation, the independent experts on the Committee raised a...

Zhejiang Activist Chen Shuqing Formally Arrested

HRIC has learned that, Chen Shuqing (陈树庆), a core member of the China Democracy Party’s Zhejiang Committee, has been formally arrested. The official charge cannot be confirmed at this point, but Chen has been in criminal detention for more than a month on charges of “subversion of state power.”...

Lawyer Says Court Violates the Law in Ruling on Zhang Lin’s Appeal without a Hearing

On October 20, the Bengbu Intermediate People's Court, Anhui Province, upheld the first instance trial verdict for activist, Zhang Lin (张林). Zhang was found guilty of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” by the Bengshan District People’s Court, Bengbu, on September 5 and was...

Hong Kongers Standing Up: A Historic Test and Opportunity for Beijing

In 1989, millions of democracy and labor activists and other citizens throughout China demanded reforms. The leaders responded with tanks and violence and then attempted to silence demands for political reform with the benefits of economic liberalization. What the Chinese people got are...

Another Zhejiang Democracy Activist in Custody for “Subversion”

Less than a month following the August 13 arrest of Lü Gengsong (吕耿松) on “subversion of state power,” another core member of the China Democracy Party’s Zhejiang Committee, Chen Shuqing (陈树庆), was detained on the same charge. Chen’s wife, Zhang Donghong (张东红), told HRIC that at 3:30 p.m. on...

Guo Feixiong’s Trial Opened But Did Not Proceed

Today, the Guangzhou Municipal Tianhe District People’s Court opened the trial of rights activist Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄), also known as Yang Maodong (杨茂东), and Sun Desheng (孙德胜), but did not proceed as lawyers for the defendants did not appear in court in protest of what they alleged were serious...

Zhejiang Activist Lü Gengsong Arrested for "Subversion of State Power"

HRIC has learned that that Lü Gengsong (吕耿松), a core member of the China Democracy Party’s Zhejiang Committee, was arrested today and is being charged with “subversion of state power” (颠覆国家政权罪). He was criminally detained on suspicion of the same charge on July 7, and is being held at the Hangzhou...

China Issues New Regulations on Mobile Text and Voice Messaging Services (HRIC Translation)

(Updated August 12, 2014)  The State Internet Information Office (国家互联网信息办公室), the top government agency that oversees online content management, issued, on August 7, a set of regulations on mobile instant messaging services—such as WeChat (Tencent), Yixin (NetEase), and Feixin (China Mobile)—...

New Rules Tighten Control on Use of News Information (HRIC Translation)

A set of rules aimed at countering the “abuse” of information obtained by news personnel in the course of news gathering and other related professional activities went into effect on June 30, 2014. (See HRIC’s English translation below.) The rules, issued by the State Administration of Press,...

Court Upholds Prison Sentences for Two Citizen Activists

The Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People's Court today upheld the sentences of New Citizens Movement advocates Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜) and Li Wei (李蔚).  In April this year, both were found guilty of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” (聚众扰乱公共场所秩序) by the Beijing Municipal Haidian...

Shanghai Petitioner Li Yufang Convicted, Sentenced to One Year

Shanghai petitioner Li Yufang (李玉芳), who had petitioned for more than a decade for compensation for the forced requisition of her family home, was found guilty of “obstructing official business.” Li was tried at the Yangpu District People's Court in Shanghai on July 4, 2014, and received a sentence...

Lü Gengsong Criminally Detained on Suspicion of “Subversion of State Power”

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received information that Zhejiang China Democracy Party Committee member, Lü Gengsong (吕耿松), has been criminally detained on suspicion of “subversion of state power.” According to the detention notice, he is currently being held at the Hangzhou Detention center. Lü...

Organizers of June Fourth Commemorative Event Officially Arrested

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received information that the couple, Chen Wei (陈卫) and Yu Shiwen (于世文), organizers of one of the first public June Fourth Commemorative events in mainland China last year, have been officially arrested for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles.” Lawyer Ji...

Beijing Court Upholds “Disrupting Public Order” Verdicts of Two Citizen Activists

Without holding hearings, the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court ruled against the appeals by citizen activists Zhao Changqing (赵常青) and Zhang Baocheng (张宝成) and upheld their first-instance verdicts. They were both found guilty of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” (...

The Hindustan Times: China: anti-graft activists jailed for 'absurd' reasons

From The Hindustan Times, “China: anti-graft activists jailed for 'absurd' reasons”: President Xi has told the country that he is committed to strengthen the rule of law and judicial fairness. However, these goals are undermined by the recent use of criminal prosecution and highly restrictive...

Harsh Prison Terms for Advocates Undermine Official Anti-Corruption Efforts

In yet another example of the Chinese authorities’ undermining their own stated goal to fight corruption by punishing citizens calling for disclosure of official assets, a court in Jiangxi Province today sentenced three advocates to prison terms ranging from six and a half years to three years. The...

Through Video, Tiananmen Mothers Speak Out on 25th Anniversary of June Fourth

In the lead up to the 25th anniversary of a horrific episode of government-ordered military violence against unarmed civilians, the Chinese authorities have redoubled their efforts—by criminal detention and other means of control—to suppress remembrances of what happened in June 1989. The Tiananmen...

Experts Raised Key Systemic Issues in UN Rights Review of China

In Geneva on May 8, in a review of China’s implementation of a broad range of obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, independent experts on a UN committee raised a host of questions on some deeply-rooted and highly-charged systemic issues linked to...

China Escalates Persecution before 25th Anniversary of June Fourth

Human Rights in China has learned that Chinese authorities are preventing Ding Zilin (丁子霖), a key member of the Tiananmen Mothers, and her husband from returning to Beijing until after June 4, the 25th anniversary of the violent government crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement. According to...

China to Face Another UN Rights Review

On Thursday, May 8, at the United Nations in Geneva, a committee of 18 international experts will review China’s implementation of its obligations to protect and advance a broad set of rights under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This will be China’s second...

Xu Wanping Freed after Nine Years in prison

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from informed sources that Chongqing veteran dissident Xu Wanping (许万平) was released today after serving nine years of a 12-year sentence for “inciting subversion of state power.” Xu was released today at 6:30 a.m. and taken to his home by prison authorities...

International Human Rights Award Honors Cao Shunli

An international jury of ten prominent human rights organizations has selected the late Cao Shunli (曹顺利) as one of three finalists for the 2014 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. The award recognizes defenders who have shown deep commitment to human rights in the face of great personal...

Four More New Citizens Movement Advocates Convicted, Sentenced to Between Two and Three-and-a-Half Years

Four citizen activists involved in public calls for high-ranking officials to reveal their assets in 2013 have each been found guilty of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” Two of them—Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜) and Zhao Changqing (赵常青)—were accused of planning street actions in the early...

“June Fourth at 25: Resisting Enforced Amnesia, Building a Just Future”

Today, HRIC launches a new advocacy initiative: “June Fourth at 25: Resisting Enforced Amnesia, Building a Just Future.” Since the military crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement, known as June Fourth, HRIC has provided advocacy support and solidarity to individuals and groups—particularly the...
Lawyers and citizens declare hunger strike outside Qixing Detention Center, Jiangsanjiang, Heilongjiang, to protest unlawful detention of rights lawyers and citizens. March 25, 2014.

Lawyers and Citizens Report Abuses by Jiansanjiang Authorities

In the days following the March 21 detention of four lawyers—Jiang Tianyong (江天勇), Tang Jitian (唐吉田), Wang Cheng (王成), and Zhang Junjie (张俊杰)—and approximately 20 citizens, in Jiansanjiang City, Heilongjiang Province, the authorities rounded up and questioned scores of other lawyers and citizen...
Tan Zuoren and wife Wang Qinghua, April 2014 Photo Credit: www.64tianwang.com More photos at: http://www.64tianwang.com/bencandy.php?fid=10&aid=16925

Released Sichuan Rights Activist Tan Zuoren Reportedly Taken to Undisclosed Location in Chongqing

Media reports and information available online indicate that upon his release from prison today, Sichuan environmental activist and writer Tan Zuoren (谭作人) did not return to his home in Chengdu but was taken by the authorities to an undisclosed location in Chongqing. Tan served a five-year term in...

HRIC Urges International Attention: Lawyers and Citizens Detained in Heilongjiang, Lawyers on Hunger Strike in Protest

On March 21, 2014, four rights defense lawyers, Jiang Tianyong (江天勇), Tang Jitian (唐吉田), Wang Cheng (王成) , and Zhang Junjie (张俊杰), as well as an unknown number of citizens were detained by police authorities in Jiansanjiang, Heilongjiang Province (黑龙江省建三江). Their detention took place one day after...

June 4 March Applicant Sentenced to 18 Months, Lawyers Beaten Outside Courthouse

The Changshu Municipal People’s Court in Jiangsu Province today sentenced citizen activist, Gu Yimin (顾义民), to 18 months’ imprisonment for “inciting subversion of state power.” In addition, Gu will be subjected to two years of post-release deprivation of political rights. Head injury of He Huixin,...

China Deploys Procedural Challenges to Control Civil Society Voices at Human Rights Council Session

On March 20, during the Human Rights Council’s consideration of China’s Universal Periodic Review outcome report, China exhibited a hostility towards civil society voices that made clear its determination to control who can speak, and the content and form of that expression.  When an NGO attempted...

Cao Shunli’s Living Legacy: International and Domestic Responses

On March 14, 2014, Cao Shunli’s (曹顺利) family arrived at the 309 Military Hospital in Beijing to find that Cao had already died. Since she was transferred there from an emergency medical center on February 20, she had been on a ventilator and non-responsive. There have been growing concerns...

Rights Defender Cao Shunli Died in Hospital in Beijing, Lawyer Barred from Viewing Body

Human rights defender Cao Shunli (曹顺利) died today in Beijing. Cao, who had been in police custody since September 2013 and suffering from various medical conditions, was admitted to intensive care at the Beijing Qinghe 999 Hospital last month, and later transferred to the 309 Military Hospital...

New Regulations Implementing State Secrets Law Offer No Greater Transparency

On March 1, the Regulations on the Implementation of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets will go into effect. When first announced on February 2, the Xinhua News Agency presented them as “an effort to boost government transparency.”  However, the regulations, read...

Doctor Says Cao Shunli on Life Support, Family Made to Sign Medical Parole

Rights activist Liu Xiaofang (刘晓芳) who visited Cao Shunli (曹顺利) at the 309 Military Hospital told HRIC that a Dr. Su there said that Cao is on life support and her condition is terminal. Liu said that Cao did not respond when she called out to her loudly through a glass window. According to Liu, Dr...

Rights Activist Hu Jia: Doctor told Cao Shunli’s Family that Cao’s death is Imminent

Rights activist Hu Jia tweeted the following message at 10:47pm Beijing time: “Today, February 28, a doctor from the tuberculosis institute at the 309 Military Hospital notified Cao Shunli’s family that Cao’s vital signs are being supported by a ventilator; her many organs are gradually failing. A...

Tiananmen Mothers Urge Chinese Legislators to Follow Their Conscience and Resolve June Fourth Issue

In an open letter to members of China’s legislature and political advisory body, the Tiananmen Mothers urge them to break the 25-year government silence on the June 4, 1989 military crackdown on the Democracy Movement that year, and begin discussion on a resolution. The letter calls on the deputies...

Lawyers and Activists Urge Police to Make Public Cao Shunli’s Condition

Cao Shunli’s (曹顺利) lawyer Wang Yu (王 宇) and other lawyers and activists issued an urgent appeal to the Beijing police to make public information on Cao Shunli’s condition and undertake an investigation for liability. The appeal alleges that authorities at the Chaoyang District Detention Center,...

Hospital Says Cao Shunli is “Deeply Unconscious,” More than 20 Rights Defenders in Custody

Beijing rights defender Wang Ling (王玲) told Human Rights in China that she and more than 20 other rights defenders attempted to visit Cao Shunli this afternoon, February 21, at the 309 Military Hospital in the Haidian District of Beijing but were prevented from entering the intensive care unit to...

Rights Activist Cao Shunli in Intensive Care

Human Rights in China received information that rights activist Cao Shunli (曹顺利), who has been in custody since September 2013 and suffering from various medical conditions, was in intensive care at the Beijing Qinghe 999 Hospital earlier today. She was later transferred to the 309 Military...

Family Rejects Authorities’ Report of Suicide of Democracy Activist’s Father

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, just hours after Xue Fushun (薛福顺), 52, the father of China Democracy Party member Xue Mingkai (薛明凯), sought protection at the Qufu Municipal Procuratorate, Shandong Province, domestic security officials informed his wife, Wang Shuqing (王书清 ), that he had “committed...

Lawyers Dismissed or Withdrawn in Protest of Unfair Trials of Three Citizen Activists

Four participants of the New Citizens Movement—Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜), Li Wei (李蔚), Zhang Baocheng (张宝成), and Yuan Dong (袁冬)—were tried in two separate trials on Monday, January 27 at the Beijing Haidian District People’s Court.  The proceedings marked the end of a series of trials of citizen activists...

Four Years for New Citizens Movement Advocate Xu Zhiyong

Today the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Xu Zhiyong (许志永), a leading advocate of the New Citizens Movement, to four years’ imprisonment for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place,” one year short of the maximum penalty for the charge. Xu was tried last...

Trial of Guangzhou Activist Liu Yuandong Ends without Verdict

As in the trials of several other activists this week, the trial of Liu Yuandong (刘远东), Guangzhou-based activist and businessman, ended today without a verdict. Liu is charged with “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” (聚众扰乱公共场所秩序) and “false declaration of registered capital” (...

Zhao Changqing Trial Adjourns as Defense Protests Procedural Problems

At his trial at the Haidian District Court in Beijing today, veteran activist Zhao Changqing (赵常青) dismissed his two defense lawyers on the ground that serious procedural violations by the prosecution and the court had made it impossible for him to have a fair trial and for his lawyers to mount an...

Court Upholds Punishment for “Inciting Illegal Assembling” for June Fourth Commemoration Applicant

In a ruling today that has implications for Chinese citizens’ right to hold assemblies or just informal gatherings in public, a court in Guangzhou upholds the police’s punishment of Li Weiguo (李维国), a Guangzhou resident, for inviting people in May 2013 to witness his delivery of applications to...

Xu Zhiyong Trial Ends without Verdict, Foreign Journalists Attacked

The trial of Xu Zhiyong (许志永), a key advocate of the New Citizens Movement, ended today without a verdict. Xu, a constitutional law scholar and vocal supporter of education equality and asset transparency, is charged with “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place,” and faces up to five...

Shanghai Petitioner Li Yufang Arrested for “Obstructing Official Business”

Shanghai petitioner Li Yufang (李玉芳) was arrested on January 2, 2014, on the charge of “obstructing official business,” according to her husband, Chen Ruiming (陈瑞明). Li was first detained on December 19, 2013, by the Yangpu District branch of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau, following an...

Lawyer Liu Shihui Detained by Police during Inquiry of Activists in Custody

Human Rights in China has received information that Guangdong lawyer Liu Shihui (刘士辉) was detained on Sunday afternoon, January 5, by authorities at the Dadongjie police substation in the Yuexiu District of Guangzhou. According to information available online, he has since been transferred out of...

Witnesses for Anhui Rights Defender Zhang Lin Prevented from Attending Trial

Three witnesses scheduled to testify at the trial of rights defender Zhang Lin (张林) were held by police at different guesthouses and were prevented from going to the trial, according to Zhang’s mother, Mrs. Duan RuiHua (段瑞华). The three witnesses were Li Wenge (李文革), Qian Jin (钱进), and Wang Tingjin...

Lawyers Protest Persecution on Unprecedented Scale

In a statement that cites Chinese laws and United Nations standards, a group of 132 lawyers and legal professionals call on central government authorities to stop abuses of lawyers committed by local authorities. In a joint statement, the Chinese Human Rights Lawyers group outlines the following...
Liu Ping

Liu Ping’s Final Statement at Trial

The trial of three asset transparency advocates—Liu Ping (刘萍), Wei Zhongping (魏忠平), and Li Sihua (李思华)—concluded today at Yushui District People’s Court in Xinyu, Jiangxi Province. The court did not issue a ruling. All three were tried for “illegal assembly”; Liu and Wei were charged with the...

Supporter of Asset Transparency Advocates Kept in Iron Cage for 25 Hours

Rights defender Zhou Li (周莉) told Human Rights in China that she was taken into custody early morning December 3 from outside the Yushui District People’s Court in Xinyu, Jiangxi Province. Zhou, based in Beijing, had gone to the court to show her support for Liu Ping (刘萍), Wei Zhongping (魏忠平), and...

Lawyers, Relatives Assaulted on Day Two of Resumed Trial of Asset Transparency Advocates

On day two of the trial of three asset transparency advocates in Jiangxi, eyewitness accounts and Weibo posts describe a large-scale verbal and physical assault on the defendants’ lawyers and relatives outside the Yushui District People’s Court in Xinyu, Jiangxi Province. Liu Ping (刘萍), Wei...

Netizen Info on Resumed Trial of Three Asset Transparency Advocates

The trial of Liu Ping (刘萍), Wei Zhongping (魏忠平), and Li Sihua (李思华) resumed today at the Yushui District People’s Court in Xinyu, Jiangxi Province. It is scheduled to continue tomorrow. HRIC has compiled and translated the following Weibo postings by the defendants’ supporters and lawyers, and Liu...

Lawyers Protest Unlawful Security Check by Local Courts

In a public statement, 132 lawyers, including many of the most active in rights defense in China, protest what they called the “barbaric manhandling” of lawyer Zhang Jun (张军) on November 27 by personnel at a local court in Wuhan, Hubei Province. Zhang went to the court to file a case and refused to...

Cao Shunli Ill in Detention, Refuses to Sign Official Arrest Document

Lawyer Wang Yu (王宇) met with detained rights defender Cao Shunli (曹顺利) for more than an hour on Wednesday, October 30. Wang, who has been retained by Cao’s family to represent Cao, was the first person outside law enforcement who has had any contact with Cao since her disappearance on September 14...

In Fourth Month of Detention, Guo Feixiong Allowed First Meeting with Lawyer

According to informed sources, rights activist Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄) met with lawyer Chen Guangwu (陈光武) on November 14, the first such meeting permitted Guo since his detention on August 8. Guo was officially arrested on September 12 and is accused of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public...

Court Upholds Policeman Wang Dengchao’s Embezzlement Conviction

On November 13, 2013, the Shenzhen Municipal Intermediate People's Court upheld the “embezzlement” conviction of police officer Wang Dengchao (王登朝) and overturned the “obstructing official business” conviction, which had carried a one-year prison term. On the embezzlement conviction, the court...

China Elected to UN Human Rights Council

In an election held in New York today, the United Nations General Assembly elected China to the 47-member Human Rights Council, the UN's top human rights body, for a three-year term (2014-2016). “China must uphold the highest human rights standards not only required by international human rights...

HRIC Urges China to Release Rights Activists to Show Human Rights Commitment

In advance of the November 12 Human Rights Council elections, HRIC urges China to honor the pledge it has made for its candidacy: “to protect the rights of the people to be informed of, participate in, express views about and oversee government affairs.” In an open letter delivered to China’s...

Shanghai Rights Defenders Taken by Police during Protest of Shen Yong’s Death

Sources told Human Rights in China that on October 28, Shanghai police took away nearly 100 protestors who were seeking information on the cause of activist Shen Yong’s (沈勇) death. Shen, 54, became active in rights defense after his home was forcibly demolished. According to his son, Shen Yaming (...

Trial Adjourns for Asset Transparency Advocates over Right to Proper Defense

An informed source told Human Rights in China that on October 28, the first day of the trial of three asset transparency advocates in Jiangxi Province—Liu Ping (刘萍), Wei Zhongping (魏忠平), and Li Sihua (李思华)—the defendants and their families terminated the client-lawyer relationship in protest of the...

Rights Defenders Oppose China’s Membership in UN Human Rights Council

Two hundred and eighteen rights defenders in Shanghai signed a public appeal urging the United Nations not to elect China to the 47-member Human Rights Council. The election will be held on November 12 among UN member states in the General Assembly. China is one of the five candidates for the four...

UN Rights Review of China: Citizens’ Crucial Role

“Whether the shoes fit, only the person knows,” states the Chinese delegation today in its closing remarks to the UN Human Rights Council at the second Universal Periodic Review of China’s human rights record by UN member states. The Chinese delegation then elaborated: “The Chinese are in the best...

Rights Lawyer and Client Detained During Attempt to Meet with Detainee

An informed source told Human Rights in China that Tang Jitian (唐吉田), a rights defense lawyer, has been placed under administrative detention in Jixi City, Heilongjiang Province, for "disrupting order at a work unit" (扰乱单位秩序). The detention noteice, dated October 17, indicates that he is being held...

UN Experts Voice Serious Concern as China Faces Human Rights Review

In a year when the authorities have intensified their crackdown on citizen calls for greater government accountability and citizen participation, China will undergo its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR)* of its human rights record by the United Nations Human Rights Council next Tuesday,...

Shanghai Rights Defenders Urge UN to Investigate Rights Violation of Cao Shunli, Chen Jianfang

Two hundred and thirty-five individuals in Shanghai signed an appeal dated October 13 to the United Nations regarding Cao Shunli (曹顺利) and Chen Jianfang (陈建芳).  Cao was disappeared on September 14 from the Beijing Airport while en route to Geneva to attend a training course on international human...

Lawyers Call for Release of Three Asset Transparency Advocates, Challenge Legality of Trial Delay

In an October 14 statement, the lawyers for Liu Ping (刘萍), Wei Zhongping (魏忠平), and Li Sihua (李思华)—three asset transparency advocates in Jiangxi Province facing trial—accused the trial court of exceeding the three-month legal limit for trying and rendering verdicts on their clients’ cases, after...

Cao Shunli: UPR Submission and other Documents

Rights defender Cao Shunli (曹顺利), who has been missing since September 14, has been pressing the Chinese government in recent years to include the participation of petitioners and rights defenders in a process that affects the entire Chinese society: improving human rights. She has focused her...

Ni Yulan Calls for Attention from International Community on Crackdown in China

Ni Yulan, October 5, 2013 Ni Yulan and Dong Jiqin, October 7, 2013 Housing rights advocate Ni Yulan (倪玉兰) left the Beijing Women’s Prison around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2013, after completing a two-year-and six-month sentence for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles.” According...

Police Use Cao Shunli’s Disappearance to Intimidate MFA Sit-in Petitioners

Sources told Human Rights in China that on the morning of October 3, more than a dozen petitioners and rights defenders, including a 77-year-old woman, engaged in a sit-in in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were taken by police to the Chaoyangmenwai Police Sub-station (朝阳门外派出所) for...

No Verdict on Gu Yimin “Inciting Subversion” Trial

Sources told Human Rights in China that the September 29 trial of Jiangsu citizen Gu Yimin (顾义民) for “inciting subversion of state power” ended without a verdict. The trial was conducted at the Changshu Municipal People’s Court in Jiangsu Province. Gu, 37, was arrested in June after he posted...

UN Committee Concludes Rigorous Review of China’s Implementation of the Convention on Rights of the Child

On the second day of a two-day review, the PRC delegation responded to detailed questions posed by the Committee on the Rights of the Child,  often citing formal law and statistics, and, at times, with anecdotal personal stories. Questions from the experts on the Committee covered numerous areas,...

Jiangsu Citizen Gu Yimin to be Tried for “Inciting Subversion of State Power”

Sources told Human Rights in China that Gu Yimin (顾义民), of Changshu City, Jiangsu Province, will be tried on Sunday, September 29, for “inciting subversion of state power,” in the Changshu People’s Court. Gu, 37, was detained on June 1 and formally arrested on June 14 after he posted online...

China Faces Tough Questions on Its Protection of Children’s Rights from UN Committee

On day one of a two-day review session, independent experts on the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child raised a wide range of concerns and posed detailed questions to the Chinese delegation on China’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The delegation responded...

Lawyers Say Detention of Guo Feixiong Unlawful, Call for His Immediate Release

In a letter to the police authorities holding rights defender Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄, the penname of Yang Maodong (杨茂东)), Guo’s lawyers stated that the period of Guo’s detention without formal arrest has far exceeded the lawful time limit for such detention, and that he should be released immediately....

Task Force Urges Business-Human Rights-Policy Linkage in Canada’s Asia Strategy

“The Government of Canada should exercise high-level political leadership and consistent engagement with its counterparts in Asia on human rights,” says a report published today by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada), a policy think tank. The report, “Advancing Canada’s Engagement...

UN Expert Panel to Review China’s Record on Children’s Rights Protection

On Wednesday and Thursday, September 26-27, 2013, in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will review the People’s Republic of China’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which the PRC ratified in 1992. China has also ratified the Convention's two...

Lawyers Urge Authorities Not to Approve Formal Arrest of Guo Feixiong

In a letter to the Tianhe District People’s Procuratorate in Guangdong Province, the lawyers for Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄, penname of Yang Maodong (杨茂东)), the rights defender who has been under criminal detention since August 8, argue that there is no legal basis for Guo’s detention, and therefore it...

Two New Charges for Asset Transparency Advocate Liu Ping

According to HRIC sources, Liu Ping (刘萍), who was indicted in July for “illegal assembly” (非法集会), has been charged with two new counts. The new charges are “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” (聚众扰乱公共场所秩序罪) and “using a cult to damage enforcement of the law” (利用邪教组织破坏法律实施罪). On...

Support Group Says Police Unlawfully Block Lawyers from Meeting with Guo Feixiong

Sources told Human Rights in China that the Tianhe Sub-branch of the Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau (天河公安分局) has refused to let detained rights activist Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄), also known as Yang Maodong (杨茂东), meet with his lawyers, Sui Muqing (隋牧青) and Lin Qilei (蔺其磊). Guo has been under...

New HRIC Video Commentary—“Bo Xilai’s Trial: Drama Gone Awry"

As the riveting trial of Bo Xilai draws to a close, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor Gao Wenqian offers his views on what many media outlets have described as “the trial of the century.” The topics Gao discusses in his latest commentary on Bo’s case include: whether the “Weibo broadcast” of the trial was...

Guangzhou Activist Guo Feixiong Criminally Detained

Human Rights in China has learned that activist Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄), also known as Yang Maodong (杨茂东), is under criminal detention in Guangzhou on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” Guo, a long-time rights advocate, is among dozens of rights activists and defenders...

Video: Xu Zhiyong Speaks from Detention Center, 8/1/2013

Xu Zhiyong: “I call on everyone to be a citizen, a forthright citizen who exercises their civil rights guaranteed under the Constitution and fulfills a citizen’s civic duty, promotes educational equality so that children of migrants may take college entrance exams at locations other than their...

Lawyer Meets with Xu Zhiyong

Xu Zhiyong in detention, July 24, 2013 Sources told Human Rights in China that a lawyer met with detained rights activist and advocate for the New Citizens’ Movement Xu Zhiyong (许志永) in the afternoon of July 24. The lawyer was retained by Xu’s family, following the authorities’ harassment of his...

In Custody and Released: Lawyer Teng Biao, Rights Activist Hu Jia

A Twitter message sent out by Teng Biao (滕彪), lawyer and rights activist, says he and rights activist Hu Jia (胡佳) have been released from custody. According to HRIC sources and information available online, in the evening of July 25, 2013, Teng and Hu were taken away by Domestic Security officers...

Joint Appeal for Unconditional Release of Xu Zhiyong and Other Asset Transparency Advocates

Four hundred and forty-six individuals have signed a public appeal for the release of Xu Zhiyong and others detained for calling for public disclosure of officials’ assets. Xu was criminally detained on July 16 for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” His detention followed a...

Xu Zhiyong’s Lawyer Accuses Police and Detention Center of Rights Violations

In two open letters, Liu Weiguo (刘卫国), the lawyer representing the detained rights advocate Xu Zhiyong (许志永), accuses the Beijing Daxing District Public Security Bureau and Beijing No. 3 Detention Center of unlawfully preventing him from meeting with his client. The letters are dated July 21 and...

Family Says Rights Defender Zhang Lin is Criminally Detained

According to a series of Weibo posts by family members of Zhang Lin (张林), the long-time rights activist was criminally detained on July 19 by the Bengbu Public Security Bureau, Anhui Province, on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” The official detention notice says...

Xu Zhiyong’s Lawyer Liu Weiguo in Custody, Rights Group is Shut Down

According to information available online and HRIC sources, Liu Weiguo (刘卫国), the lawyer of Xu Zhiyong (许志永), was taken into custody on July 18, 2013, after he attempted to visit Xu at Beijing No. 3 Detention Center. Xu was criminally detained on July 16. Sources said that while Liu was waiting at...

Xu Zhiyong, Advocate of Disclosure of Official Assets, Criminally Detained

According to information reported online, Xu Zhiyong (许志永), Beijing-based constitutional law scholar and civic action organizer, has been criminally detained by the “Public Transportation Safety Protection Branch” of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau (北京市公安局公共交通安全保卫分局) on July 16. The...

Chinese Activists Calling for Greater Participation in China’s International Human Rights Reporting Taken Away by Police

According to information received by Human Rights in China (HRIC), all participants at a sit-in in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) were taken away by the police on the morning of July 1. Ongoing postings on Weibo report that petitioners from Beijing were taken to and detained at...

Snowden Affair Prompts Lawyer to Request Disclosure of Surveillance Information

Today, Xie Yanyi (谢燕益), a Beijing-based rights defense lawyer, made public an application he submitted to the Ministry of Public Security requesting disclosure of information on methods used by Chinese authorities to conduct surveillance on Chinese citizens. The application was first posted on...

Jiangsu Citizen Gu Yimin Arrested for “Inciting Subversion of State Power”

Sources told Human Rights in China that Gu Yimin (顾义民) was formally arrested on June 14 by police in Changshu, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power.” Gu’s wife, Xu Yan (徐燕), told HRIC that Gu was taken from his place of work by police on June 1, just...

Guangxi Rights Defense Village Chief Released from Prison

Xu Kun (许坤), formerly the elected chief of Baihutou Village, Beihai City, Guangxi Province, was released from prison on June 10, 2013, after receiving an 11-month reduction from his original four-year sentence for extra labor he performed in prison. Xu was convicted of “illegal business activities...

HRIC Documentary on June Fourth Victims: Portraits of Loss and the Quest for Justice

Consisting of footage shot by the Tiananmen Mothers, a group of family members of those killed during the violent crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement, Portraits of Loss and the Quest for Justice presents the stories of six victims told by their family members, and of two survivors told by...

Hope Fades as Despair Draws Near: Essay by the Tiananmen Mothers on the 24th Anniversary of the June Fourth Tragedy

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 24th anniversary. In the essay, the Tiananmen Mothers state their belief that people, when placed in a dire situation, will find a way...

Two Former Police Officers Criminally Detained When Petitioning in Beijing

Human Rights in China has learned that former police officers He Zuhua (何祖华) and Zhou Li (周历) were criminally detained during their recent attempt to petition in Beijing. Last year, prior to the Communist Party of China’s 18th National Congress, they were among a group of more than 20 aggrieved...

Lawyers Beaten During Attempt to Visit Black Jail

HRIC has learned from various sources that on May 13, 2013, seven lawyers were severely beaten by police officers in Ziyang City, Sichuan Province, when they attempted to visit Ziyang Legal Education Center (资阳市法制教育中心), the largest black jail in Sichuan. The lawyers are Guo Haiyue (郭海跃), Liang...

Activist Detained on Suspicion of “Inciting Subversion of State Power” after Calling for Disclosure of Officials’ Assets

Sources told Human Rights in China that rights activist Liu Ping (刘萍) has been criminally detained on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power.” Authorities have denied a request by Liu’s lawyer to meet with his client. Liu is among 10 rights defenders who were taken into custody following...

Former Judge, Released After 11 Years' Imprisonment for “Subversion,” Appeals for Help

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that on April 2, 2013, Li Jianfeng (李建峰), a former presiding judge in the Economic Department of Ningde Municipal Intermediate People's Court, Fujian Province, was released after serving more than 11 years in prison on conviction of “subversion of state...

Criminally Detained: Zhao Changqing and Six Other Advocates of Public Disclosure of Officials’ Assets

Human Rights in China has learned that Chinese authorities have placed seven activists under criminal detention on charges of “illegal assembly.” These individuals, including long-time activist Zhao Changqing (赵常青) and Beijing lawyer Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜), have called for public disclosure of government...

Police End Protest in Support of 10-Year-Old’s Right to Attend School

On April 16, police took away some 20 lawyers and rights defenders in Hefei, Anhui Province, who were protesting the removal of a10-year-old from a local school she was attending. Sources told Human Rights in China that the action was organized by the Ministry of State Security, as opposed to local...

Documentary Depicts Horrors in Juvenile RTL Camp in Late 1950s

According to a review essay by Ai Xiaoming (艾晓明), a professor at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou and a rights activist, a newly completed documentary film by Xie Yihui (谢贻卉 )  reveals that 4,000-5,000 minors, boys and girls, suffered inhuman treatment when they were interned in a Sichuan...

Rights Defense Lawyer Detained After Court Appearance

On April 4, 2013, a judge at the Jingjiang City People’s Court, Jiangsu Province, put a Beijing rights defense lawyer, Wang Quanzhang (王全璋), under a 10-day judicial detention for “serious violations of court procedure.”  Wang is currently being held at the Jingjiang Detention Center. Supporters in...

Activist and Ten-year-old Daughter Illegally Detained before Forcible Removal from Hefei

Human Rights in China has learned that at approximately 3:30 p.m. on February 27, 2013, four unidentified men in Hefei, Anhui Province, took Zhang Anni (张安妮), the ten-year-old daughter of long-time rights activist, Zhang Lin (张林), from her school and detained her in a police precinct in the Hupo...

Tiananmen Mothers Appeal for Legal Resolution of June Fourth Issue

In an open letter to China’s legislature and political advisory body to demand a just resolution of the June Fourth crackdown on the Democracy Movement of 1989, the Tiananmen Mothers stress that “the only feasible way to solve the June Fourth issue is through legislative and judicial procedures.”...

Shenzhen Policeman Appealing 14-Year Sentence; Lawyers Bring Complaint to Central Authorities

In two complaints (Chinese only), lawyers representing Shenzhen police officer Wang Dengchao (王登朝), who is waiting for an appeal ruling on his 14-year prison sentence on “embezzlement” and “obstructing official business,” named 23 individuals in the Shenzhen municipal and local Luohu authorities—...

Shanghai Petitioner Mao Hengfeng Released to Finish Reeducation Order at Home

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that on February 8, 2013, Shanghai petitioner Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤), who was ordered to serve one year-and-a-half of Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL), was released from the Yangpu District Detention Center to serve her RTL at home. She had been held at the...

Policeman Appeals 14-Year Sentence; Lawyer Silenced by Court

Sources told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that during the three-hour appeals hearing on February 7, 2013 that ended without a ruling, the Shenzhen Municipal Intermediate People's Court repeatedly interrupted the lawyers for Shenzhen police officer Wang Dengchao (王登朝), who was sentenced to 14...

Mao Hengfeng in Fifth Month of Detention; Denied Contact with Family

The husband of Shanghai rights activist Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤) told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that he has not been allowed to visit or contact Mao since she was first detained on September 30, 2012, and is deeply concerned about her condition. Wu Xuewei (吴雪伟), Mao’s husband, said on January 31...

Lawyer Asks for Immediate Release of Mongolian Dissident Hada; Family Provides Further Details on Hada’s Condition

In a letter to Beijing and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR) authorities, the lawyer for Mongolian dissident Hada (哈达) accuses the IMAR police of illegally detaining Hada in order to compel him to admit that he was guilty. He was convicted of separatism and espionage in 1996 and served a 15-...

Mongolian Dissident Hada in Illegal Detention Is Mentally Ill; Son Details Abuses by Authorities

In a phone conversation with Human Rights in China (HRIC), Uiles (威勒斯), the son of Mongolian dissident Hada (哈达), who has been under more than two years of illegal detention, says that his father is severely withdrawn and has psychological problems but is being denied medical treatment. Hada, an...

Family Permitted to Visit Rights Defense Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

On January 12, 2013, two family members of the imprisoned rights defense lawyer Gao Zhisheng (高智晟) were permitted to visit Gao at Shaya Prison in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, according to Gao’s wife Geng He (耿和). This was the first family visit since March 24, 2012, and the only...

Rights Defender Mao Hengfeng Held in Illegal Criminal Detention

Mao Hengfeng Shanghai rights defender Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤) is being held in a detention center illegally, more than two months after she received an order to serve Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL), Mao’s husband, Wu Xuewei (吴雪伟), told Human Rights in China (HRIC). Mao’s family calls on the...

HRIC Urges Release of Liu Xiaobo, Presents Translation to Mark Peace Prize Anniversary

As the 2nd anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize for Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) approaches, Human Rights in China (HRIC) calls on the Chinese authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally. Liu, independent intellectual, long-time human rights and democracy advocate, and a drafter of Charter 08—an...

Chinese Netizens Speak Out on Tibetan Self-Immolations despite Censorship

According to reports, on November 20, 2012, Tsering Dhundup, a Tibetan activist in his thirties and a father of three, died after setting himself on fire to protest Chinese mining activities and policies. His self-immolation is the 78th* in Tibet since February 2009, and his death, following that...

Former Police Officers Held in Black Jails, One Began Hunger Strike

Sources told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that several individuals from a group of more than 50 former police officers who were prevented from protesting in Beijing late October are now being held in black jails. They are Jiang Fuyou (江富友), Liu Guoqiang (刘国强), and Zhao Hongyan (赵宏炎), who have been...

Reeducation-Through-Labor and Criminal Detention for Shanghai Petitioners on Eve of 18th Party Congress

Just days before the Communist Party of China’s 18th National Congress, at least four Shanghai petitioners have been ordered to serve Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) for “disturbing social order.” Sources told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that the petitioners, initially detained in late September,...

Online Activist Sentenced to 8 Years for Subversion; Lawyer Raises Procedural Concerns

On October 31, 2012, more than seven months after trying online activist Cao Haibo (曹海波) for “inciting subversion of state power,” the Kunming Municipal Intermediate People's Court of Yunnan Province, convicted Cao of the more serious charge of "subversion of state power," and sentenced him to...

Former Police Officers Intercepted before Planned Protest in Beijing

As Beijing authorities step up their stability maintenance efforts in advance of the 18th Party Congress, some two dozen former police officers from various provinces who had gathered in Beijing for a planned protest were detained in recent days. Many were picked up on October 21 as they arrived at...

Mongolian Dissident Hada in 23rd Month of Unlawful Detention after Long Prison Term; Family Appeals for International Attention

In December 2010, when he was released after completing a 15-year prison sentence on conviction of espionage (间谍罪) and separatism (分裂国家罪), Mongolian dissident Hada (哈达) was taken directly to secret detention and has been under custody since. His wife, Xinna (新娜), told Human Rights in China (HRIC)...

International Prizes for Authors Liao Yiwu and Yu Jie

Following the October 11 announcement of the 2012 Nobel Literature Prize for Mo Yan (莫言), two other Chinese authors received international recognition for their work: Liao Yiwu (廖亦武) was awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, and Yu Jie (余杰) was awarded the 2012 Civil Courage Prize by...

Shanghai Rights Defenders Detained in Advance of 18th Party Congress

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that at least four rights defenders in Shanghai were  detained in late September: Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤), Cui Fufang (崔福芳), Wang Kouma (王扣玛), and Tong Guojing (童国菁). Three of them have been charged with “gathering a crowd to disturb public order” or “disturbing...

Zhongnanhai Abandons Bo Xilai to Protect the Party

18th Party Congress Watch (12) Gao Wenqian, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor After more than six months of deliberation and bargaining, top officials in the Communist Party of China have finally reached a decision on how to deal with the Bo Xilai problem: charge him with abuse of power and taking...

What Is Next for Bo Xilai?

18th Party Congress Watch (11) Gao Wenqian, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor In this new segment of the HRIC’s “18th Party Congress Watch” commentary series, Gao Wenqian provides his view on the meaning of Wang Lijun’s 15-year sentence and its implication for how the Party will deal with Bo Xilai’s case...

Zhejiang Land Rights Activist and Henan Dissident Released from Prison

Kong Qiuhua (孔秋华), wife of Yang Yunbiao (杨云彪), a land rights defender from Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that her husband was released on April 23, 2012, five months ahead of the scheduled release date (September 23, 2012). Yan was sentenced to three years in prison...

HRIC at UN: State Secrets System Hinders Effective Review of PRC Progress on Rights for the Disabled

Webcast of the CRPD review sessions (in Chinese), September 18 & 19, 2012, is available here:http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/crpd-8-china/   Concluding Observations issued by the CRPD Committee on September 27, 2012, is available here:http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/...

Online Protest Grows as Former Teacher Awaits Verdict on “Inciting Subversion of State Power”

On the September 4, Chen Pingfu (陈平福), a former math and science teacher, was tried in a court in Lanzhou, Gansu Province for “inciting subversion of state power.” The court did not issue a verdict. In 2005, Chen started playing violin on the street in Lanzhou on weekends to repay debts he had...

Lawyer Retained by Li Wangyang Family Unlawfully Held for Six Days

Li Wangyang with friend, Daxiang District Hospital, Shaoyang, Hunan Province, July 23, 2011 Tang Jingling (唐荆陵), a Guangdong lawyer retained by the family of the late labor activist Li Wangyang (李旺阳), was detained for six days, from September 5 to September 10 in Shaoyang, Hunan Province, and in...

Internet Dissident Wang Xiaoning Released from Jail; He Depu Portrays Prison Life with Wang

Human Right in China (HRIC) has learned that Beijing political dissident Wang Xiaoning (王小宁) was released from prison today. Wang served 10 years at the Beijing Municipal No. 2 Prison on conviction of “inciting subversion of state power” and is subject to two years of post-release deprivation of...

Wife of Wuhan Activist Details Harassment and Unlawful Detention and Appeals to International Community

In an open letter to the United Nations, Wang Xifeng (王喜凤), a teacher from Shanxi Province, details the abuses that she and husband Qin Yongmin (秦永敏) have suffered over the past several months at the hands of various government authorities. She and Qin, a well-known democracy activist based in...

Guizhou Dissidents under Strict Watch as Authorities Clean Up for Party Congress

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from an informed source that in the past few months, all members of the Guizhou Human Rights Symposium have been harassed and placed under surveillance by authorities, and their communications with the outside world has also been cut. The source believes...

Court Overturns “Fraud” Conviction in Ni Yulan Appeal, Cuts Jail Sentence by Two Months

In an appeal ruling on July 27, 2012, the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court overturned the “fraud” conviction of Ni Yulan (倪玉兰), the disabled rights advocate, but upheld her other conviction of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles.” The court reduced her two-year and eight-...

Family of Chen Kegui Rejects Officially Appointed Lawyers

Chen Kegui (陈可贵), nephew of blind legal advocate Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚), is facing charges of intentional homicide after wounding several intruders into his home in the course of self-defense. The incident took place on April 27, 2012, several days after his uncle escaped unlawful house arrest by...

Land Rights Activist Yang Chunlin Released

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from reliable sources that Yang Chunlin (杨春林) was released from Xianglan Prison in Heilongjiang Province today, after completing his five-year prison sentence for “inciting subversion of state power.” He is now subject to two years of deprivation of...

Open Letter from Ding Zilin to Chai Ling

At the request of Ding Zilin, a spokesperson for the Tiananmen Mothers, Human Rights in China is releasing an open letter entitled “To Chai Ling—A Belated Open Letter Response.” HRIC has translated the letter into English (see below). On June 4, 2012, Chai Ling posted online an op-ed piece in...

Guangxi Villagers Who Fought Land Appropriation Released from Prison

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that rights defenders Zhang Cunqiong (张春琼) and Gao Shifu (高世福),  both of Baihutou Village in Beihai, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, were released from the Beihai No. 1 Detention Center. Zhang was released on June 6, and Gao on May 25, 2012, both having...

Relatives of Li Wangyang Being Held by Authorities

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from an informed source that the sister and brother-in-law of Li Wangyang (李旺阳) were taken to a hotel today, June 7, and are being held there by the police. Li Wangyang is a Hunan labor activist who was found dead of purported suicide in a hospital room in...

Relatives Question Hunan Activist’s “Suicide”; Demand Autopsy

Li Wangyang with friend, Daxiang District Hospital, Shaoyang, Hunan Province, July 23, 2011 A relative of blind labor activist Li Wangyang (李旺阳) told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that Li was found dead on June 6, hanging by the window in a hospital room where he was being treated for his...

“Commemorating the 23rd Anniversary of the Passing of the Victims of the 1989 June Fourth Crackdown”: Essay by the Tiananmen Mothers

At the request of the Tiananmen Mothers, Human Rights in China (HRIC) is issuing the following essay that commemorates the victims of June Fourth on its 23rd anniversary. In the essay, signed by 150 individuals, the Tiananmen Mothers state that their struggle will not cease, and they will not...

Beijing Is Doomed to Lose the War of the Internet

18th Party Congress Watch (8) Gao Wenqian, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor This is the year of the dragon, traditionally viewed as an unlucky year, often a year of famines. This is certainly the case for the Communist Party. Wang Lijun taking refuge in the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu tossed the Beijing...

73-Year-Old Member of Tiananmen Mothers Commits Suicide

The Tiananmen Mothers, a group consisting of victims and relatives of victims of the June Fourth government crackdown of the 1989 protests, reports that one of its members, Ya Weilin (轧伟林), has committed suicide. Ya Weilin was 73 three years old and was the father of a young man killed during the...

Activists Hu Mingjun and Yuan Xiancheng to Be Released Monday

Hu Mingjun (胡明军), a democracy activist from Sichuan, and Yuan Xianchen (袁显臣), a rights defender from Heilongjiang, are scheduled for release from prison on May 28, 2012. Hu will have served 11 years on charges of “subversion of state power” for writing articles critical of the government and for...

Zhang Qi Released After Four Years; Cao Haibo Tried in Closed-Door Hearing

On May 15, 2012, reform advocate Zhang Qi (张起) was released from the Yuzhou Prison, Chongqing, after serving a four-year term for "inciting subversion of state power.” On May 22, the Kunming Intermediate People’s Court, Yunnan Province, tried Cao Haibo (曹海波), another reform advocate, in a closed-...

Chen Guangcheng and Family Arrive in the United States

Blind legal advocate Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚), his wife Yuan Weijing (袁伟静), and their two children arrived safely tonight in the United States. They were met at the Newark International Airport by representatives of the U.S. State Department and New York University, as well as China law expert...

“Who Rescued Chen Guangcheng?” an HRIC Translation

On May 17, 2012, the Hong Kong-based online journal iSUN AFFAIRS published the article “Who Rescued Chen Guangcheng?” (誰救了陳光誠?東師古村秋後算帳). It gives a detailed account of the escape of the blind legal advocate who later sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. The article states that the account...

Evictee in Guangdong Jumps to Her Death, Villagers Vow to Fight Demolition

An informed source told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that Li Jie’e (李洁娥), a resident of Yangji Village, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, jumped to her death on May 9, 2012, after her home was demolished in March this year as part of a land requisition by local authorities. The police...

Activist Accused of Inciting Subversion of State Power for Distributing Leaflets

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that You Minglei (游明磊), a bank employee in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, has been taken into police custody on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” after distributing political leaflets.  He is being held at Nanchang Municipal No. 2 Detention...

Chen Guangcheng’s Escape Highlights the Bankruptcy of Beijing’s Stability Maintenance Model

18th Party Congress Watch (9) Gao Wenqian, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor This has been an eventful year for China—great shows one after another. The Bo Xilai affair has yet to wind down when blind rights activist Chen Guangcheng managed to escape right under the authorities’ watch. Chen even used a...

Chen Guangcheng Reported Safe; His Brother and Nephew Taken Away by Police

A source knowledgeable about the blind rights defense lawyer Chen Guangcheng’s (陈光诚) escape from his captors told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that Chen is safe but does not want to leave China. The source said that Chen’s nephew, Chen Kegui (陈克贵), who had a violent confrontation with...

Blind Lawyer Chen Guangcheng Reported Missing, Brother Taken Away, Nephew Fears for His Own Life

According to Chen Kegui (陈克贵), a nephew of blind rights defense lawyer Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚), who has been under house arrest since September 2010, is now missing from his home. Chen Kegui also told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that Chen Guangfu (陈光福) – Chen Kegui’s father and Chen Guangcheng’s...

Hu Jintao Intends No Fresh Start in Bringing Down Bo Xilai

18th Party Congress Watch (7) Gao Wenqian, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor After nearly a month of silence, the Hu Jintao-Wen Jiabao administration finally made its move: it announced that Bo Xilai was suspected of “serious disciplinary violations,” was suspended from the Politburo and Central...

Ni Yulan Appeals Conviction; U.S. and EU Call for Her Release

On April 13, disabled rights advocate Ni Yulan (倪玉兰) submitted an appeal to Beijing Municipal No.1 Intermediate People’s Court challenging her conviction and prison sentence by a lower court. On April 10, the Xicheng District People’s Court of Beijing found Ni guilty of “picking quarrels and...

Democracy Activist Is Scheduled for Release after Serving 11 Years for Subversion

On April 14, 2012, Li Dawei (李大伟), a former policeman and democracy activist, is scheduled to be released from a prison in Gansu Province after serving 11 years on conviction of “subversion of state power.” According to Li’s family members, Li is not expected to arrive home until the evening of...

Wang Dan and Others Appeal for Permission to Visit China

In an open letter, Wan Dang and five others in exile after the 1989 Democracy Movement appeal to the Chinese government to restore their right to return to their country and allow them to visit China. They state that they are willing to abide by the principles of openness and good faith to engage...

Guangxi Lawyer Yang Zaixin Put under Residential Surveillance after Nine Months in Detention

On March 15, 2012, well-known rights defense lawyer Yang Zaixin (杨在新), after nine months in detention, was put under “residential surveillance at a designated place”—which means, under the Chinese Criminal Procedure Law, detention at a place other than the detainee’s home or an official detention...

Bo Xilai’s Ouster: Implications for the Country

18th Party Congress Watch (6) Gao Wenqian, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor The annual Two Sessions of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference had only just ended when the removal of Bo Xilai from his post as Chongqing Municipal Party Secretary was...

Two Congresses: A New Mark on History’s Pillar of Shame

18th Party Congress Watch (5) Gao Wenqian, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor The Two Congresses—National People’s Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference—have long lost any real political function, having been reduced to being rubber stamps for the authorities. What is more, in...

Upcoming Vote on Revised Criminal Procedure Law Raises Procedural and Censorship Concerns

On Wednesday, March 14, China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC) is expected to vote to adopt proposed revisions to the Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) amid troubling questions about the substance of the legislation, procedural irregularities, censorship of online discussion. On March...

HRIC Honors Female Rights Defenders in China

To commemorate International Women’s Day, HRIC honors two remarkable female rights defenders, Wang Lihong (王荔蕻) and Ni Yulan (倪玉兰), by presenting short video portraits of their work. By their actions, both have stood up to defend the most fundamental rights of a citizen:  to be able to speak...

Tiananmen Mothers Urge Government Dialogue to Resolve June Fourth Massacre

In advance of this year’s “Two Congresses,” due to begin on March 5, the Tiananmen Mothers have issued an open letter to the Fifth Plenary Session of the Eleventh National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. In the letter, the Tiananmen Mothers call on the NPC...

Leader of “Chain Gate” Protest, Bao Junsheng, Released from Prison

Bao Junsheng (鲍俊生), organizer of a 2009 protest in front of a courthouse in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, was released on February 22, after completing a three-year sentence on conviction of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order.” He was met by some three dozen friends outside the Leshan...

On the Wang Lijun Incident: Who’s the Biggest Loser?

18th Party Congress Watch (4) Gao Wenqian, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor Right before Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States, the Chinese government’s own backyard was ablaze with this startling event: Wang Lijun (王立军), the recently-sacked chief of the Public Security Bureau in Chongqing, and “...

Congressional Testimony by Geng He, Wife of Disappeared Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

Geng He (耿和), wife of Gao Zhisheng (高智晟), the rights defense lawyer who was last seen in public in April 2010, testified today at a hearing before the Congressional Executive Commission on China. In the testimony, Geng He outlines the persecution of her husband since 2005, which included...

Dissident Zhu Yufu Sentenced to Seven Years for “Inciting Subversion”

On February 10, 2011, the Hangzhou Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Zhu Yufu (朱虞夫), a 59-year-old Hangzhou-based dissident, to seven years of imprisonment and three years of deprivation of political rights for “inciting subversion of state power.” Zhu said he would appeal verdict. Zhu’s...

Improved Human Rights in China Is Win-Win for U.S. and China

  Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States next week comes at a time of increasing political, economic, and diplomatic friction between the two countries. Very clearly, it is the impact of the conflict over bilateral trade that is most deeply felt by the American people. In...

Xi Jinping’s U.S. Visit: Sino-American Relations Need a New Start

18th Party Congress Watch (3) Gao Wenqian, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s upcoming U.S. visit is no ordinary exchange visit between the leaders of two countries, but a new round in the contest between two great powers. Xi’s visit will also coincide with the 40th...

Who Is the Current Target of What Deng Xiaoping Said 20 Years Ago?

18th Party Congress Watch (2) Gao Wenqian, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor A Chinese new year is just beginning, and the undercurrents in Chinese politics are already surging up. The countdown to the 18th Party Congress has started, and various factions within the Party are now in hand-to-hand...

Poem Cited among Evidence in Zhu Yufu’s “Incitement” Trial; No Verdict

Zhu Yufu (朱虞夫), 59, a Hangzhou dissident who previously served seven years in prison (1999-2006) for his role in founding the China Democratic Party, was tried by the Hangzhou Municipal Intermediate People’s Court today for “inciting subversion of state power.” The hearing lasted for two hours and...

China Must Address Root Causes of Growing Tibetan Protests

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is deeply concerned about the protests and violence in Luhuo County (Drango in Tibetan) and Sêrtar County (in Chinese, Seda County [色达县], also known as Sertha County) in western Sichuan Province on January 23 and 24, the first days of the Chinese New Year. Kirti...

What Is behind Hu Jintao’s Caution against “Western Cultural Infiltration”?

18th Party Congress Watch (1) Gao Wenqian, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor In an article published in early January 2012 in the Communist Party policy magazine Qiushi (求是), Chinese President Hu Jintao cautioned against Western culture infiltrating and subverting China. In fact, the warning is one of...

Dissident Writer-in-Exile Yu Jie Details Torture by Police

In a statement today at a press conference in Washington, D.C., Yu Jie (余杰), dissident writer and former vice president of the Independent Chinese PEN Center who left China a week ago, recounts his torture by state security police after he was kidnapped on December 9, 2010, the day before the...

Rights Defender Recounts Incarceration in Psychiatric Hospital

Li Jinping (李金平), from Shilipu Village, Changying Township, Chaoyang District, Beijing, worked as a police officer at the Chaoyang Branch of the Beijing Public Security Bureau until he resigned in 2000. After Zhao Ziyang, the former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, passed away...

No Verdict Issued in Ni Yulan’s Case

Rights Defender Ni Yulan Uses Computer by Candlelight. Beijing, January 1, 2011. (Photo by Dong Jiqin). On the morning of December 29, 2011, the Xicheng District People’s Court of Beijing heard the case of human rights advocate Ni Yulan (倪玉兰) and her husband, Dong Jiqin (董继勤). Both are charged with...

Kirti Rinpoche Meeting with the Press

Edited Transcript Sharon Hom, Executive Director, Human Rights in China (HRIC): On behalf of Human Rights in China, I would like to welcome His Eminence Kyabje Kirti Rinpoche, the chief abbot and spiritual leader of the Kirti Monasteries in Tibet and India, and also welcome the members of the...

Veteran Guizhou Activist Chen Xi Sentenced to Ten Years

On the morning of December 26, the Guiyang Municipal Intermediate People’s Court of Guizhou Province sentenced veteran dissident and human rights activist Chen Xi (陈西), to ten years prison and three years’ deprivation of political right for “inciting subversion of state power.” This heavy...

Democracy Activist Chen Wei Gets Nine Years for “Inciting Subversion”

On December 23, the Suining Municipal Intermediate People’s Court of Sichuan Province convicted democracy activist Chen Wei (陈卫) of “inciting subversion of state power” and sentenced him to nine years in prison and two years’ post-release deprivation of political rights. The verdict, which was read...

Wife of Disappeared Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Urges International Attention

On December 20, Human Rights in China spoke with Geng He (耿和), wife of the Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng (高智晟), whose prosecution, torture, and disappearances by the Chinese authorities have gained worldwide attention and concern. In the interview, Geng He reacts to the latest official action...

Dissident Chen Wei to Be Tried on December 23

Sichuan dissident Chen Wei (陈卫) is scheduled to go on trial at 9 a.m. on December 23, 2011. His case will be heard by the Suining Municipal Intermediate People’s Court of Sichuan Province on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” (煽动颠覆国家政权罪). Chen’s defense lawyers, Zheng Jianwei (郑建伟) and...

Wang Lihong, Zheng Yichun, Bo Xiaomao Released

Wang Lihong (photo courtesy of the family) Wang Lihong (王荔蕻), a well-known rights defender from Beijing, was released in the early morning of December 20 from the Chaoyang District Detention Center in Beijing, where she completed a nine-month sentence for “picking quarrels and provoking...

Huang Jinqiu, Writer and Dissident, Released after Eight Years in Prison

Huang Jinqiu, working as a reporter before his arrest. Huang Jinqiu (黄金秋), a writer and dissident, was released from Pukou Prison in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, on October 20, 2011, after serving eight years. According to reports, Huang postponed announcement of his release until today, December...

Land Rights Activist Liu Zhengyou Released

Liu Zhengyou (刘正有), a land rights activist who served two years in a prison in Zigong, Sichuan Province, was released today. He was greeted by 80 rights defenders who came from Chengdu, including Chen Yufei (陈云飞). Liu was arrested in 2009 after he participated in an investigation of the children...

Rights Activist Wang Yi Still under Surveillance after Release from RTL

Rights activist Wang Yi (王译), also known as Chen Jianping (程建萍), was released today from a Henan Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) facility where she served one year of RTL as punishment for re-tweeting a sarcastic message in October 2010. Wang said that she is staying at a guesthouse in Henan, and...

Ai Weiwei’s Mother to Mortgage Her House to Help Son

Artist Ai Weiwei (艾未未) said that he received a notice* from the Beijing Municipal Local Taxation Bureau (北京市地方税务局) dated November 1, 2011, requiring him to pay 15.22 million yuan back taxes ($2.36 million) within 15 days. The notice also stated that Ai would accrue an additional 200,000 yuan ($31,...

HRIC Testifies at Hearing on Chen Guangcheng

HRIC Executive Director Sharon Hom testified before the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China on November 1, 2011. Find her written testimony below.  “Examination into the Abuse and Extralegal Detention of Legal Advocate Chen Guangcheng and His Family” November 1, 2011

Dozens of People Beaten while Attempting to Visit Blind Legal Advocate Chen Guangcheng

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from eyewitnesses that on October 30, 2011, 37 rights defenders and netizens who attempted to visit the blind legal advocate Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚) in Linyi, Shandong Province, were beaten by around 100 unidentified individuals. Many of them were injured,...

HRIC Open Letter to Relativity Media

As a Chinese human rights organization, we are deeply concerned to read about the apparent failure of your companies to do due diligence before selecting Linyi City as a filming location for 21 and Over, a co-production of Relativity Media, SAIF Partners, and IDG China Media. This failure is now...

Defense Lawyer in High-Profile Beihai Case Beaten while Police Watch

Eyewitnesses told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that on Friday, October 21, 2011, a group of defense lawyers and supporting colleagues who are working on a high-profile murder case in Beihai, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, were surrounded by dozens of people outside the Beihai Municipal...

Rights Defender Guo Feixiong Released from Prison; Remains Committed to Rights Work

Guangdong-based rights activist and writer Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄), also known as Yang Maodong (杨茂东), was released from the Meizhou Prison in Guangdong Province on September 13, 2011, after serving a five-year sentence on conviction of “illegal business activity.” Guo told Human Rights in China (HRIC...

Rights Defender Wang Lihong Sentenced to Nine Months

The Beijing-based human rights defender Wang Lihong (王荔蕻) was sentenced to nine months in prison today on the charge of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” (寻衅滋事) by the Chaoyang District People’s Court of Beijing. Wang’s prison term runs from March 21, 2011, to December 20, 2011. Wang’s son...

HRIC Blocked from EU-China Human Rights Dialogue Seminar

Last week, at the eleventh hour, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs refused to grant a visa to a staff member of Human Rights in China (HRIC), who had been invited to participate in the EU-China Human Rights Seminar in Beijing. According to official descriptions, these seminars, organized...

Writer Lü Gengsong Released from Prison; Refuses Conditions of Deprivation of Political Rights

Writer Lü Gengsong (吕耿松) was released from the Xijiao Prison in Hangzhou on August 23, 2011, after serving a four-year sentence following a conviction for “inciting subversion of state power.” Lü is also subject to one year of deprivation of political rights following his release, which includes...

Lawyers Report Procedural Irregularities at Trial of Rights Activist Wang Lihong

On August 12, 2011, the trial of Wang Lihong (王荔蕻) on the charge of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” (寻衅滋事) at Beijing’s Chaoyang District People’s Court ended without a verdict. Wang is a well-known and well-respected activist in Beijing who began her rights defense activities after...

Court Upholds Four-year Term for Guangxi Village Chief Who Fought Land Expropriation

On August 3, 2011, the Beihai Municipal Intermediate People’s Court in Guangxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region announced it has upheld a four-year prison sentence and a 200,000 yuan (approximately $30,800) for Xu Kun (许坤), the elected chief of Baihutou Village in the Yinhai District of Beihai. Xu had...

UN Human Rights Committee Raises Concern over the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Its Review of Kazakhstan

In concluding observations and recommendations released today, a United Nations expert body noted with concern that Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member state Kazakhstan “may be willing to rely” on diplomatic assurances provided within the SCO framework “to return foreign nationals to...

Imprisoned Journalist Ordered to Serve Eight More Years

On July 25, 2011, a court in Shandong rejected the appeal by Qi Chonghuai (齐崇怀, also 齐崇淮), an imprisoned journalist who already completed a four-year term, and upheld a sentence requiring Qi to serve another eight years. Qi is a long-time journalist known for his exposés of official corruption and...

Petitioner Mao Hengfeng Released from Reeducation-Through-Labor in Serious Condition

Long-time petitioner Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤) was released from Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) on July 28, 2011. The release comes one month before the completion of her 18-month RTL order. She was escorted by more than 10 policemen and arrived to her Shanghai home in a wheelchair. According to the...

HRIC Calls for Full and Transparent Investigation of July 18 Incident in Hotan

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is deeply concerned over the July 18 violence reported in Hotan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, which resulted in at least 18 reported deaths, and official depictions of events that contradict eyewitness accounts. Official Chinese media reports have referred to the...

Sichuan Barefoot Lawyer Speaks Out against Trumped-up Charge

Upon his release after a four-month jail term, Li Shuangde (李双德), a legal worker in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, describes how the authorities turned an instance of credit card overdraft into the charge of “credit card fraud” (信用卡诈骗) against him and coerced a guilty plea from him by threatening his...

China through Different Lenses: HRIC Photo Contest Winners

In February this year, HRIC held a photo contest, China through Different Lenses, inviting submissions of photographs that reflect the complex reality of Chinese society, the problems facing the China’s people, and efforts to address those problems.  Out of some 300 photos submitted, we have...

Guangxi Rights Defense Lawyer Yang Zaixin Formally Arrested

On June 28, well-known rights defense lawyer Yang Zaixin (杨在新) was formally arrested by police in Beihai, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on charges of “witness tampering” (妨害作证罪) under Article 306 of China’s Criminal Law. On June 14, the day that Yang was first detained, three other lawyers, Luo...

Hu Jia Released

HIV/AIDS activist and rights defender Hu Jia (胡佳) was released from Beijing Municipal Prison on the morning of Sunday, June 26, after completing a three-and-a-half year sentence. He is now subject to one year’s deprivation of political rights. According to media accounts, police have blocked...

Ai Weiwei's Release: International Community Must Press for More Releases and Systemic Reforms

Paris/New York, 24 June 2011. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcome the release of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei on Wednesday, 22 June 2011, and urge the international community to continue to monitor the status of Ai Weiwei’s associates and the...

Direct Elections Advocate Yao Lifa Missing

Human Rights in China has learned that Yao Lifa (姚立法), a school teacher and a prominent advocate of direct local elections, has been missing since Monday, June 20. According to Yao’s wife, people posted outside their home have been watching her and Yao. In addition, Yao has been followed to and...

Guangxi Rights Defense Lawyer Detained for “Witness Tampering”

Huang Zhongyan (黄仲琰), the wife of detained rights defense lawyer Yang Zaixin (杨在新), told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that when she came home on June 14, at 11 a.m., she found it in complete disarray. Taped to the refrigerator door was a “List of items seized” issued by the Haicheng substation...

How Will the Shanghai Cooperation Organization “Harmonize” Central Asia?

On June 15, China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi in a newspaper editorial appraised and signaled the ambitions of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional group composed of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. He called the SCO “an...

Earthquake Activist Freed after Three Years in Prison; Other Rights Defenders to Be Released This Month

On June 10, Sichuan earthquake activist Huang Qi (黄琦) was released from a prison in Chengdu, after completing a three-year term on the conviction of “illegal possession of state secrets.” Huang, a long-time rights defender, is known for the help he provided to the victims of the May 2008 earthquake...

On the Eve of the Tenth Anniversary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, States Must Account for Human Rights Impact

On June 15, 2011, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will celebrate its ten-year anniversary at the SCO “Jubilee Summit” in Astana, Kazakhstan.  During this summit, the SCO and its member states – China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan – will reportedly reflect...

For All Families of June Fourth Victims: Justice Must Accompany Compensation

On the eve of the 22nd anniversary of the June Fourth crackdown, the Tiananmen Mothers, a group of 127 family members of those killed and injured, revealed that public security personnel visited one family several times in recent months to discuss payment in order to “resolve” the June Fourth issue...

SCO Member State Kazakhstan’s Return of Uyghur Refugee to China Demonstrates Disregard of International Human Rights Obligations

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is extremely concerned over reports of the deportation of Uyghur refugee Ershidin Israil to China from fellow Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member state Kazakhstan. Israil fled to Kazakhstan in late September 2009, in the wake of the July 2009 Urumqi riots in...

“The Souls of Those Killed during June Fourth Shall Not Be Defiled; Their Families Shall Not Be Dishonored”: Essay by the Tiananmen Mothers

At the request of the Tiananmen Mothers, Human Rights in China (HRIC) is releasing the following essay that commemorates the victims of June Fourth on its 22nd anniversary. On the 22nd Anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre: The Souls of those Killed during June Fourth Shall Not Be Defiled;...

Ai Weiwei’s Sister: Meeting between Artist and Wife Was “No Charity from the Government”

Ai Weiwei (艾未未)’s sister Gao Ge (高阁) told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that the brief meeting on Sunday evening, May 15, between Ai Weiwei and his wife, Lu Qing (路青), was “no charity from the government” (不是什么政府给我们的恩赐). Gao said, “Lu Qing and our family have made numerous emphatic requests to...

Invocation of Terrorism and SCO Cooperation in Response to Question about Freedom of Travel Raises Serious Human Rights Concerns

On May 5, at a regular press briefing in the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), a reporter asked MFA spokeswoman Jiang Yu to verify whether it was true, as reported, that China pressured Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan into preventing individuals from going to the United States to attend a...

Activist Free after Ten-Year Term; Three Writers to Be Released This Month

Hunan-based labor rights activist Li Wangyang (李旺阳) was released today, after serving 10 years in the Hunan Provincial No. 1 Prison for “inciting subversion of state power.” His family confirmed his return to his hometown in Shaoyang, Hunan Province. Li is subjected to four years of deprivation...

SCO Member States Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Prevent Uyghur Activists from Attending Conference in United States

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is extremely concerned over the recent efforts of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to interfere with the travel of individuals of Uyghur ethnicity to a conference titled “The Future of Uyghur People in East Turkestan...

Lengthy Prison Terms and Heavy Fines for Baihutou Village Chief and Land Rights Activists

On the morning of April 29, 2011, the Yinhai District People’s Court in Beihai, Guangxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region, sentenced Xu Kun (许坤), the Baihutou Village chief, to four years in prison on the charge of “illegal business activity” and fined him 200,000 yuan (approximately US$30,800)....

Clarification

Media have been reporting erroneously that Human Rights in China (HRIC) has reported that Ai Weiwei has confessed under torture. We would like to clarify that this is not HRIC’s reporting. The information comes from an article submitted by a writer using an alias from mainland China, which...

Two Years of Reeducation-Through-Labor for Rights Activist Yang Qiuyu

Beijing rights activist Yang Qiuyu (杨秋雨) has been ordered to serve two years of Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” (寻衅滋事). Yang was taken into custody on March 6, 2011, when he was taking photographs near Beijing's Xidan Shopping Center. On March 9,...

Family and Friends Fear Danger for Imprisoned Guangxi Village Chief

According to informed sources, Xu Kun (许坤), the imprisoned chief of Baihutou Village in Beihai, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, was recently transferred to a new cell at the Beihai No. 2 Detention Center where his five cellmates are picking fights with him daily. In light of the many unusual...

Guizhou Human Rights Activist Continues to Suffer Police Persecution

On February 18, 2011, Guizhou Human Rights Symposium member Lu Yongxiang was taken away by the Guiyang police and was illegally detained for 24 days. During that time, Lu suffered mistreatment, including often being deprived of breakfast and drinking water, and having to sleep with television...

Silencing the People Is More Dangerous than Damming a River

Human Rights in China (HRIC) urges the Chinese authorities to stop the crackdown on all those in China exercising fundamental rights protected by international and Chinese domestic law. The detention of Ai Weiwei (艾未未) is the most recent example of the Chinese government’s total disregard for...

Compromise of Human Rights Under Cover of Counter-Terrorism – Human Rights in China Releases a Whitepaper on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

In recent years, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), comprising six states with deeply troubling human rights records – China, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan – is increasingly embraced by the international community as a partner in...

Independent Intellectual Ran Yunfei Arrested on "Inciting Subversion of State Power" Charge

Ran Yunfei (冉云飞), a well-known Chinese Internet writer and independent intellectual, was formally arrested on suspicion of "inciting subversion of state power" by the Chengdu Municipal Public Security Bureau. On Monday, March 28, Ran's wife, Wang Wei (王伟), received the official arrest notification...

Activist Sentenced to Ten Years for Inciting Subversion; Essays Cited as Evidence

In a trial lasting less than two hours and marked with procedural irregularities, a Sichuan court sentenced Liu Xianbin (刘贤斌), a signer of Charter 08 and long-time advocate of democratic reform in China, to ten years in prison and two years and four months of deprivation of political rights....

Reform Advocates Jin Haike and Xu Wei Released after 10-Year Imprisonment

Jin Haike (靳海科) and Xu Wei (徐伟) were released from prison on Saturday, March 12, after serving ten years each on the charge of “subversion of state power.” Both published essays on peaceful political reform and helped organize an informal study and discussion group, the “New Youth Society,” on...

Chinese MFA Spokesperson to Reporter: “Don’t Use the Law as a Shield”

In response to a question about what law the foreign journalists who were roughed up by police on February 27 violated, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Jiang Yu (姜瑜) said on March 3, 2011: “Don’t use the law as a shield.” Jiang made the statement at a regular press conference...

Ding Zilin Urges Authorities to Lift House Arrest of Liu Xia, Wife of Liu Xiaobo

In the following appeal, Ding Zilin (丁子霖), a spokesperson of the Tiananmen Mothers, calls upon the Chinese authorities to immediately lift the house arrest of Liu Xia (刘霞), wife of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波). Liu has been confined with her communications cut off from the...

More Crackdown Incidents; Authorities Use Force to Prevent Reporting of Jasmine Rallies

In an effort to stamp out any possible Jasmine Rally activities, the Chinese authorities continue to crack down on Chinese rights activists and lawyers, and resorted to violence against foreign journalists that marks an escalation of media censorship in China. Since our February 23 press...

Guangxi Villagers Tried for Illegal Business Activities in Fight against Land Requisition

Three residents of Baihutou Village, in Beihai, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, were tried today for “illegal business activities,” in a case that is widely seen by Baihutou villagers as retribution for resistance against government requisition of village land. The defendants—Baihutou Village...

Heavy Charges for Chinese Activists; HRIC Urges Support from International Community

A few days before the Jasmine Rallies called for by Chinese organizers to be held in 23 cities on Sunday, February 27, the Chinese authorities have charged many activists with serious state security crimes, including “subversion of state power” and “inciting subversion of state power.”...

Petitioner Recounts Abuses during RTL; Medical Parole Rescinded

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that on February 24, Shanghai authorities rescinded petitioner Mao Hengfeng’s (毛恒凤) medical parole just two days after her release from a Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) facility. Authorities cited her “illegal activities inconsistent with [the...

Lawyers and Activists Detained, Summoned, and Harassed in “Jasmine Rallies” Crackdown

On February 20, inspired by the “Flower Revolutions” in Tunisia and Egypt, anonymous netizens in mainland China broke through official Internet censorship to call for a "Jasmine Revolution" in thirteen different cities. Prior to this, the Chinese authorities held a series of high-level meetings...

Jasmine Organizers Call for Rallies Every Sunday

In an open letter to the National People’s Congress, the organizers of the “Jasmine Rallies” call on the people to gather every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in each of the designated places in 13 Chinese cities to continue to push for an end to corruption, an independent judiciary, and a government...

Rights Lawyer Missing More than 48 Hours; Former Local People’s Congress Deputy Detained Seven Days

Chinese authorities have intensified their crackdown on rights defense activists. Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the family of Beijing lawyer Tang Jitian (唐吉田) has not heard from him since he was taken away from his home by police on February 16, more than 48 hours ago....

Lawyers Beaten, Detained after Meeting Regarding Chen Guangcheng

Jiang Tianyong (江天勇), a Beijing-based lawyer, told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that on February 16 he was detained and beaten by police inside a police station. According to Jiang, around 3:00 p.m. he was taken to the Yangfangdian police substation in Haidian District immediately after he and a...

HRIC Urges International Attention to Blind Lawyer Chen Guangcheng’s Situation

In a recently released video, blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚) and his wife Yuan Weijing (袁伟静) describe in detail the virtual imprisonment they have been subjected to in their own home in Shandong Province since Chen’s release from prison in September 2010. According to press reports,...

Call for Photograph Submissions

Call for Photograph Submissions Topic: “China through Different Lenses” Deadline: Friday, March 11, 2011 In the past three decades, China has made important progress in economic development. At the same time, this progress has come with tremendous social costs, with adverse impact on many of...

Take Action in Year of the Rabbit!

Take Action in Year of the Rabbit! (Chinese Year 4709) Express Your Support for Imprisoned Activists and Rights Defenders in China The Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in Chinese tradition – a time for the whole family to come together. You can celebrate the New Year (which...

In Memory of Szeto Wah

In Memory of Szeto Wah(February 28, 1931 – January 2, 2011) “Rehabilitate June Fourth, fight for democracy, continue our efforts!” were Szeto Wah’s – Uncle Wah’s – final words to his fellow fighters for democracy. Szeto Wah devoted his life to social movements and the call for democracy. He...

Wife Describes Beating of Activist He Depu by Police

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received an account written by Jia Jianying (贾建英) detailing the beating by police of her husband, activist He Depu (何德普), upon his release from Beijing No. 2 Prison on January 24, 2011. He had just completed his eight-year sentence on the conviction of “...

Released after Eight-Year Prison Term, Activist He Depu Is Beaten by Police, Describes Torture

Shortly after He Depu (何德普), a veteran dissident and activist, walked out of a Beijing prison today after completing his eight-year term, he was beaten by four police officers when he resisted being shoved into a police vehicle. He was injured in the neck and hands, according to an...

Chinese Government Needs to Demonstrate Concrete Human Rights Progress, Not Launch Publicity Campaigns

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the clear and detailed articulation of the Obama Administration’s approach to U.S.-China relations delivered by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the eve of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to the United States, including the affirmation...

Lawyers Appeal to Twitter CEO for Help

In an open letter to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, the lawyers for Wang Yi (王译) – the rights activist now serving one year of Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) for tweeting a sarcastic message – ask the company to use its unique global influence to press for Wang’s unconditional release. In the...

Human Rights in China Mourns the Passing of Dissident-Writer Li Hong

Human Rights in China mourns the untimely death of Mr. Li Hong (力虹), and expresses its sincere condolences to his family. In March 2007, Zhejiang dissident writer Li Hong, who had published novels in China and articles on overseas websites, was convicted of “inciting subversion of state power”...

Prominent Rights Activists Detail Life in 74-Day House Arrest

[Chinese / 中文] Immediately following the announcement of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on October 8, 2010, Ding Zilin (丁子霖), a representative of the Tiananmen Mothers, and her husband, Jiang Peikun (蒋培坤), were put under house arrest by police authorities, first in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, and then...

Mongolian Dissident Hada Missing after Scheduled Prison Release; Wife and Son Detained

Relatives of Mongolian dissident Hada (哈达), 55, said that Hada has not returned home since his scheduled release on Friday, December 10, 2010, from No. 4 Chifeng (Ulanhad) Prison in the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region (IMAR) after serving a fifteen-year prison sentence on conviction of...

Actor Richard Gere Honors Liu Xiaobo in New York

[Chinese / 中文] This morning Richard Gere, actor and human rights advocate, joined Students for a Free Tibet, Human Rights in China (HRIC), and eight other NGOs in honoring Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. Richard Gere removes first bar of the Liu Xiaobo installation.Photo Credit: HRIC Staff...

Freedom for Liu Xiaobo and All Imprisoned by the Chinese Government for Exercising Their Rights

Joint Statement by Students for a Free Tibet, Human Rights in China, Amnesty International, Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, International Campaign for Tibet, International Federation for Human Rights, Tibetan Youth Congress of New York & New Jersey, Unrepresented Nations and Peoples...

Writer Imprisoned for Essays; Still Silenced after Release

Prominent writer and Internet activist Du Daobin (杜导斌) was released earlier today from the Hanxi Prison (汉西监狱) in Wuhan, Hubei Province, after serving a three-year sentence for “inciting subversion of state power” (煽动颠覆国家政权罪), a conviction that was based on 26 essays he wrote and published on the...

Democracy Activist Qin Yongmin Released from Prison after 12-Year Sentence

Longtime democracy and human rights activist Qin Yongmin (秦永敏) was released from the Hanyang Prison in Hubei Province today after serving a 12-year sentence for “subversion of state power” (颠覆国家政权罪). Qin was convicted in December 1998 following his activities to organize the China Democracy...

Food Safety Activist Zhao Lianhai Sentenced to Two-and-a-Half Year Prison Term; Declares Hunger Strike

In a sentencing hearing that lasted merely 40 minutes, Zhao Lianhai (赵连海), a parent of a victim of melamine-tainted milk powder and a core organizer of affected families nationwide, was sentenced today to a two-and-a-half year prison term on conviction of the crime of “picking quarrels and...

State Visit of Hu Jintao in France: Human Rights Concerns Should Finally Be Addressed!

Paris - Brussels - New York, November 3, 2010 – While Mr. Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China is in official visit in France, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organizations, Human Rights...

Extreme Measures Used to Control Blind Rights Defender Chen Guangcheng

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned more details about the restrictions placed on Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚), the blind Shandong-based rights defender who was released from prison on September 9, 2010. Chen and his wife, Yuan Weijing (袁伟静), are not allowed to leave their home, and no one – not...

Dozens Put Under House Arrest as Chinese Authorities Intensify Crackdown Following Nobel Peace Prize Announcement

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned through communication with those affected and online sources that nearly forty individuals inside China have been put under house arrest in the weeks following the announcement of Liu Xiaobo’s (刘晓波) 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. One domestic rights activist...

Clampdown on Individuals Following Nobel Announcement

In the days following the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize for Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), Human Rights in China (HRIC) has continued to receive information on individuals being subjected to surveillance, restriction of communications and movement, house arrest, and forced departure from place of...

Liu Xia, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Liu Xiaobo’s Wife, Under House Arrest

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received urgent information from Liu Xia (刘霞), wife of imprisoned 2010 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), that she has been placed under house arrest in Beijing. Liu Xia reported that Beijing municipal state security officers followed her as she...

Chinese Authorities Restrict Nobel Peace Prize News and Communications with Outside

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Chinese authorities have attempted to severely restrict the dissemination of news about the Nobel Peace Prize; they have cut off communications from key persons under surveillance and have prevented people from celebrating.  Ding Zilin (丁子霖), the...

Liu Xiaobo Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), the prominent independent intellectual and long-time democracy advocate, was awarded the Nobel peace prize today for his “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” In its citation, the Nobel Committee noted that despite China’s economic advances, “...

Lawyer Asks Head of Supreme People’s Court to Resign over Execution

On September 30, 2010, Yang Jinzhu (杨金柱), a well-known criminal defense lawyer in Hunan, posted an article online, titled “If One Dares to Ask – What Reigns Supreme in China?” (敢问哪个至上, 金柱律师将敦请王胜俊先生引咎辞职), in which Yang asked the President of the Supreme People’s Court, Wang Shengjun (王胜俊), to resign...

HRIC, in Joint Appeal, Urges EU to Push for Rights Progress in China

On the eve of the EU-China Summit in Brussels on October 6, 2010, Human Rights in China (HRIC), together with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), calls upon the European Union to reassess its strategy on human rights in China in view...

Nationwide State Secrets Education Campaign Launched as New Law Goes into Effect

China’s revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law) goes into effect today. Passed on April 29, 2010, the same day that a major policy report on the Internet1 was presented to the National People’s Congress, the revised State Secrets Law is a legal upgrade designed to place...

Ten Petitioners and Rights Defenders Sentenced in Wake of Official Statistics on Decline of Petitions

A court in Sichuan Province convicted ten petitioners and rights defenders of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order” in connection with a February 2009 protest they staged to draw attention to their previously unanswered petitions. The sentences, issued by the Shizhong District People’s...

“Direct Line to Zhongnanhai”- with 26 Caveats

On September 8, 2010, an online message board for Internet users to send comments to China’s top leaders, Direct Line to Zhongnanhai (直通中南海), was launched by the People’s Daily, the official media organ of the Communist Party of China. As of September 13, the website has already registered more...

Two Zhejiang Democracy Activists Released after Serving Sentences on “Subversion” and “Inciting Subversion” Charges

Democracy activist Chen Shuqing (陈树庆) was released on September 13, 2010, from Qiaosi Prison in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province after serving four years on charges of “inciting subversion state power.” Chen is subject to one year of deprivation of political rights following his release, including...

Lawyer Barred from Representing Client by “6-10” Agents

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from Beijing lawyer Wang Yajun (王雅军) that he was barred by agents of the so-called “6-10 Office”1 in Siping, Jilin Province, from representing a Falun Gong practitioner. Wang’s client, Du Lihua (杜丽华), is accused of “using a heretical organization to...

Blind Lawyer Chen Guangcheng Released after More than Four Years in Prison

Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚), the blind, “barefoot” lawyer who gained international attention when he was sentenced in 2006 to four years and three months in prison, was released today from the Linyi City Prison, Shandong Province. Chen was first detained in 2006 after filing a lawsuit against the city...

Heilongjiang Court Upholds “Inciting Subversion of State Power” Conviction of Legal Activist

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has confirmed that in early August the Heilongjiang Provincial Higher People’s Court upheld the “inciting subversion of state power” conviction of Yuan Xianchen (袁显臣), a “barefoot” lawyer and rights activist from Jixi, Heilongjiang Province, and that Yuan has been...

Recipients of the 2010 Fund to Assist the Children of June Fourth Prisoners Award

Recipients of the 2010 “Fund to Assist the Children of June Fourth Prisoners” Award Established by the Support Network for the Persecuted in China (See below for the list of recipients.) On June 16, 2010, the Support Network for the Persecuted in China announced the establishment of the Fund to...

In Important Move, Railway Court Vacates Lawyer’s Sentence on Appeal, Citing Unclear Facts

In a case that has attracted widespread attention, particularly in the lawyers’ community, on August 10, 2010, the Beijing Railway Transportation Intermediate Court vacated the “intentional injury” conviction and three-year prison sentence of Beijing lawyer Wang Yu (王宇). The court cited “unclear...

Veteran Fuzhou Lawyer Sues Judicial Bureau to Assert Right to Practice, Puts Spotlight on Two Other Flawed Cases

On July 22, 2010, a court in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, heard without issuing a ruling the case of lawyer Lin Hongnan (林洪楠), who is challenging a decision by the Fuzhou Municipal Bureau of Justice to stop him from practicing law for one year on what Lin calls a trumped up charge. The Bureau of...

Heavy Prison Term for Uyghur Advocate of Inter-ethnic Understanding

Gheyret Niyaz (in Chinese, Hailaitie Niyazi [海来提•尼亚孜 or 海莱特•尼亚孜]), a 51-year-old Uyghur journalist, was tried for “endangering state security” on July 23, 2010, and sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment, according to an interview with Niyaz’s wife, Risalet (in Chinese, Reshalaiti [热莎来提]),...

Husband Reports Abuse of Mao Hengfeng in Reeducation-Through-Labor Camp

Wu Xuewei (吴雪伟), husband of Shanghai petitioner Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤), told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that Mao has been suffering serious physical abuse in the Anhui Provincial Women’s Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) Camp, where Mao is serving an 18-month sentence. Wu stated that Mao told him...

Dissident Liu Xianbin Arrested on Suspicion of Inciting Subversion of State Power

Liu Xianbin (刘贤斌), a Sichuan-based democracy activist and writer, was formally arrested on suspicion of inciting subversion of state power. Liu’s wife, Chen Mingxian (陈明先),was summoned by the Suining Municipal Public Security Bureau on the morning of July 6, 2010, where she received a formal...

Veteran Dissident Liu Xianbin Placed in Criminal Detention Again

Liu Xianbin (刘贤斌), a Sichuan-based democracy activist, writer, and one of the first signers of Charter 08, was taken away on June 28, 2010, by the Suining State Security Police (四川遂宁国保), while he was meeting with Chen Wei (陈卫), another democracy activist, at a local teahouse. At 7:00 pm that...

Three Resisters of Forced Demolition Sentenced by Guangxi Court

On June 11, 2010, the Yinhai People’s Court of Beihai, in southern Guangxi Province, found three inhabitants of the Baihutou Village guilty of “obstructing official business,” and sentenced two of them, Gao Zhenzhang (高镇章) and Gao Shihui (高世辉), father and son, to two years’ imprisonment each. The...

Sichuan High Court Upholds Five-Year Sentence for Earthquake Activist Tan Zuoren

The Sichuan Provincial Higher People’s Court has upheld the five-year sentence, with three years of deprivation of political rights, of Tan Zuoren (谭作人), the Sichuan environmental activist and writer convicted of “inciting subversion of state power.” The decision was announced on June 9, 2010, in a...

Writer Zhang Jianhong, Gravely Ill, is Released on Medical Parole; Family Struggles to Pay for Treatment

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that imprisoned Zheijiang dissident Zhang Jianhong (张建红), also known by his penname Li Hong (力虹), who suffers from advanced stage amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and is in critical condition, has been granted medical parole....

Independent Report on June Fourth Victims: A Directory of 195 Killed and More Than 800 Imprisoned

To commemorate the 21st anniversary of the June Fourth government crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement, Jiang Qisheng (江棋生), prominent dissident and independent intellectual who was active in the Charter 08 initiative, has provided Human Rights in China (HRIC) an English version of his report,...

Guizhou Authorities Suppress Activities to Commemorate June Fourth

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that in recent days, many members of the Guizhou Human Rights Symposium have been detained, summoned for questioning, or even beaten by police authorities in Guiyang, Guizhou Province. The group has been openly planning activities to commemorate the 21st...

“An Offering to the Spirits of the Victims”: Essay by the Tiananmen Mothers

At the request of the Tiananmen Mothers, Human Rights in China (HRIC) is releasing the following essay that commemorates the victims of June Fourth on its 21st anniversary.    “An Offering to the Spirits of the Victimson the 21st Anniversary of the June Fourth Massacre”from the Tiananmen Mothers [...

HRIC Briefing Note: Tighter Regulation of Foreign Funding Support of Chinese Civil Society Groups

On March 1, 2010, a new set of rules on foreign donations issued by the State Administration for Foreign Exchange (SAFE) went into effect. The rules were set out in the government notice Circular of the SAFE on Relevant Issues Concerning the Administration of Donations in Foreign Exchange by...

Shanghai Rights Activist Mao Hengfeng Starts Hunger Strike in Reeducation-Through-Labor Camp

Shanghai-based petitioner and rights defender Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤) has started a hunger strike at the Hefei Municipal Women’s Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) Camp, her lawyer Liu Peifu (刘培福) told Human Rights in China (HRIC). Liu said that Mao was protesting the haircut that was forced upon her and...

Guangxi Authorities Target Village Chief Active in Land Rights

On Wednesday, May 19, 2010, police authorities barred Xu Kun (许坤), a village chief in the city of Beihai in southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, from meeting with his lawyer, claiming that Xu’s case involves state secrets, according to the lawyer, Zheng Jianwei (郑建伟). Zheng also said that the...

U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue Resumes: Foundation for Action?

Although it is too early to assess the progress made in the just-concluded U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue, Human Rights in China (HRIC) is encouraged by Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner’s comments that a range of specific cases, including those of Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) and Gao Zhisheng...

Case Update: Disbarred Lawyers File Criminal Complaint Against Judicial Bureau Official

On May 4, 2010, lawyers Liu Wei (刘巍) and Tang Jitian (唐吉田), whose licenses were revoked by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice on April 30, filed a criminal complaint with the Beijing Xicheng District Procuratorate against Xiao Lizhu (萧骊珠), head of the Bureau’s Lawyers’ Management Department....

Beijing Judicial Bureau Revokes Licenses of Two Rights Defense Lawyers

In two phone calls on May 7, 2010, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice informed rights defense lawyers Tang Jitian (唐吉田) and Liu Wei (刘巍) that it has revoked their lawyers’ licenses. The decisions [http://www.bjsf.gov.cn/sy/sytztg/201005/t20100507_1279393.html, http://www.bjsf.gov.cn/sy/cxjl/...

HRIC Statement: Imprisoned Democracy Activists Gravely Ill, Require Immediate Medical Parole

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that political prisoners Zhang Jianhong (张建红) (also known by his pen name, Li Hong [力虹]) and Yang Tianshui (杨天水) are in extremely critical medical condition. HRIC urges the prison authorities where Zhang and Yang are respectively held, in Hangzhou,...

Protester of "99% of Petitioners Are Mentally Ill" Statement Gets One Year in Prison

Rights activist Zhou Li (周莉) was sentenced by a Beijing court on May 4, 2010, to one year’s imprisonment on conviction of “causing disturbance” (寻衅滋事). The case arose from a March 2009 public remark made by Sun Dongdong (孙东东), a professor of forensic psychiatry (司法精神病学) at Peking University Law...

Citizens Find No Redress for Home Lost to Shanghai Expo

As Shanghai welcomes visitors from around the world to an Expo that boasts the theme of “Better City, Better Life,” some of Shanghai’s residents are still trying to find a home, years after the authorities forced them out of their residences to make way for the mega-event. Li Guanrong (李贯荣), wife...

China Sharpens Legal Weapons for Information Control

In a revision of the central pillar of China’s state secrets system – the Law on Guarding State Secrets1 (State Secrets Law) – the Chinese government has tightened its control of the flow of information in the digital age. Including provisions that simultaneously target Internet and other...

Shanghai Petitioner Mounts “Expo of Judicial Injustice”

In a phone interview on April 25, 2010, Shanghai rights activist Feng Zhenghu (冯正虎) told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that he has been placed under heavy “protection” since April 19, 2010, when his home was searched, with four computers and other electronic equipment confiscated, while he was...

Judicial Authorities Target Lawyers, Eroding Rule of Law

Beijing lawyers Tang Jitian (唐吉田) and Liu Wei (刘巍), who are facing revocation of their lawyer’s licenses on the charge of “disrupting courtroom order and interfering with the regular litigation process,” told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that the “evidence” presented by officials at today’s...

Lawyers Challenge License Revocation Decision; Judicial Bureau Balks

The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice today rejected a request by lawyers Tang Jitian (唐吉田) and Liu Wei (刘巍) to postpone the administrative hearing on the revocation of their licenses, scheduled for April 22, 2010, on the grounds that the Judicial Bureau has not provided adequate factual and...

Lawyers Facing License Revocation Detail Irregular Courtroom Activities Permitted by Judge

On Thursday, April 22, 2010, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice will decide in an administrative hearing whether it will revoke the licenses of two Beijing lawyers, Tang Jitian (唐吉田) and Liu Wei (刘巍), for “disrupting courtroom order and interfering with the regular litigation process.” The...

Liver Cancer Suspected, Activist Hu Jia Seeks Medical Parole

On April 7, 2010, activist and documentary filmmaker Zeng Jinyan (曾金燕) circulated an urgent appeal for help regarding a feared liver cancer diagnosis of her husband Hu Jia (胡佳), the environmental and AIDS activist who is serving a three-and-a-half-year sentence in Beijing.  She also circulated...

Chinese Government Should Respect Gao Zhisheng’s Rights

On April 7, 2010, the Associated Press reported an in-person conversation with activist lawyer Gao Zhisheng (高智晟). Gao’s reappearance is a welcome reassurance to his family and supporters that he is safe. The recent reported statements about his desire to reunite with his family are powerful...

Women’s Rights NGO Responds to Cancellation by Peking University

On March 25, Peking University released a notice on its website (reposted on the university’s online forum) that it had decided to cancel (撤销) four organizations, including the Center for Women’s Law Studies and Legal Services of Peking University (北京大学法学院妇女法律研究与服务中心), China’s first public...

Twenty-Seven Henan Families Accuse Army Hospital of Malfeasance

At the request of 27 families in Henan Province, Human Rights in China is releasing an open letter by these families alleging that deaths and disabilities of at least 27 patients resulted from the treatment these patients received at the People's Liberation Army (PLA) No. 152 Central Hospital in...

Home Demolished for World Expo, Shanghai Petitioners Seek Just Compensation

As Shanghai authorities prepare for the World Expo, scheduled to begin on May 1 this year, the five-year ordeal of Hu Yan (胡燕) and her family – whose ancestral home was demolished without the family’s consent – illustrates the strong-arm tactics of the authorities when it comes to official...

Provisional Regulations on the Protection of Commercial Secrets of Central State-Owned Enterprises

[PDF, 200KB] [中文] Document of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State CouncilGuozifa Document No. 41 (2010) Notice Regarding the Issuance of the Provisional Regulations on the Protection of Commercial Secrets of Central State-Owned Enterprises [...

Shanghai Petitioner Recounts Detention in Black Jail and Leveling of Family Farm

In a statement released to Human Rights in China (see below), Shanghai petitioner Shen Peilan (沈佩兰) recounts her abduction by police in Beijing on March 7, 2010, and her eight-day detention in a Shanghai guesthouse – a “black jail.” Her detention coincided with the annual convening of the National...

In Statement, Tiananmen Mothers Urge Government to Open Up the Internet

The Tiananmen Mothers, a group of relatives of the victims of the June 4, 1989 government crackdown, have asked Human Rights in China to make public an English translation of a statement they issued on the occasion of the current annual sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese...

Shanghai Petitioner to Serve 18 Months of Reeducation-Through-Labor after Shouting Slogans

Long-time Shanghai petitioner Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤) has been ordered to serve one-and-a-half years of Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) for “disturbing social order” by shouting slogans outside a Beijing court on December 25, 2009. Mao was one of the protestors who gathered outside the Beijing...

Barred from Traveling, Writer Liao Yiwu Speaks to German Readers in Open Letter

On March 1, 2010, in the Chengdu airport, dissident writer Liao Yiwu (廖亦武) was taken by police off a plane bound for Beijing, where he had planned to fly on his way to attend lit.Cologne, a literature festival in Cologne, Germany. Liao was interrogated at a local police station for several...

Statement by Geng He, Wife of Gao Zhisheng

  At the request of Geng He (耿和), wife of Chinese rights defense lawyer Gao Zhisheng (高智晟), Human Rights in China (HRIC) is releasing a statement by Ms. Geng today, following recent reports that Chinese authorities claim that Gao is living and working in Xinjiang and has been in contact with Ms....

Court Affirms 11-Year Sentence for Liu Xiaobo against International Appeal for His Release

On February 11, 2010, the Beijing Municipal High People’s Court reviewed Liu Xiaobo’s (刘晓波) appeal and upheld his “inciting subversion of state power” conviction and 11-year sentence by a lower court. Liu’s wife, Liu Xia (刘霞), told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that in court, after the decision...

Top EU Official Asks China to Account for Missing Chinese Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

In a statement issued on February 9, 2010, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, asked the Chinese government to “clarify without delay the situation of Gao Zhisheng and to open a fully...

Sichuan Activist Sentenced to Five Years for “Inciting Subversion of State Power”

In a brief hearing on February 9, 2010, in the Chengdu Municipal Intermediate People’s Court, Sichuan-based writer and environmental activist Tan Zuoren (谭作人) was found guilty of “inciting subversion of state power” and sentenced to a five-year prison term and three years’ deprivation of...

In Letter, Writer Liao Yiwu Seeks Help from Angela Merkel

After being denied permission by Chinese authorities to attend an upcoming literary festival in Cologne, writer Liao Yiwu (廖亦武) has written a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeking intervention. Liao is the author of The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories: China from the Bottom Up and...

Wife of Disappeared Lawyer Says to Chinese Government: Give Back My Husband

Today marks one year since Gao Zhisheng (高智晟), one of China’s most outspoken rights defense lawyers, was seen forcibly taken from his hometown, Xiaoshibanqiao Village, Shaanxi Province, by more than 10 state security policemen. Despite international attention on the case, Chinese authorities...

Liu Xiaobo Appeal Charges Court with Abuse of Public Power

[Chinese / 中文] In the appeal defense statement filed on behalf of Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), Liu’s lawyers charged that the trial court abused its public power (公权力) in finding Liu guilty of “inciting subversion of state power” and sentencing him to 11 years’ imprisonment. Human Rights in China has...

Václav Havel, in HRIC Interview, Sends Message of Solidarity to Liu Xiaobo and Family

Václav Havel, playwright, former dissident, and first president of the Czech Republic (1993–2003), expressed strong solidarity and sympathy with jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) and his family in a recent interview with Sharon Hom, executive director of Human Rights in China. On December...

Google Attacked from China: Wake-up Call to International Business

Google today issued a statement that it will reconsider the company's operations in China, following an investigation bringing to light a “sophisticated and targeted attack on [Google’s] infrastructure originating from China.” Human Rights in China (HRIC) has translated the Google statement into...

International Community Speaks Out on Liu Xiaobo Verdict

Since the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court issued a guilty verdict and 11-year sentence to Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) for the crime of “inciting subversion of state power” on December 25, 2009, the international community has condemned the decision and its negative impact on the universal...

Liu Xiaobo’s Guilty Verdict and 11-Year Sentence Send Message of Zero Tolerance for Universal Human Rights

In one of the most high-profile political trials in China in recent years, a Beijing court today found Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) guilty of “inciting subversion of state power” and sentenced him to 11 years of imprisonment and two years’ deprivation of political rights.  Liu’s lawyers told Human Rights in...

What Constitutes Liu Xiaobo’s “Incitement to Subvert State Power”?

The trial of prominent intellectual Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) in the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court (北京市第一中级人民法院) took less than three hours under near total security lock down outside the courtroom. Like much of China’s judicial process, especially cases deemed politically sensitive,...

The Dirtiest of Political Trials

  “The Dirtiest of Political Trials” Ding Zilin (丁子霖) December 23, 2009 [Translated by Human Rights in China]   Today, December 23, at 9 A.M., Chinese authorities used the dirtiest of pens to write down these dirtiest of words: the Trial of Liu Xiaobo. Today, December 23, at 9 A.M., Dr. Liu...

Vocal Government Critic Dismissed from China’s Top Think Tank

On December 21, 2009, Zhang Boshu (张博树), political philosopher and constitutional scholar, was asked to leave his post at the Philosophy Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), China’s largest think tank and a state-run institution. Zhang joined CASS in 1991 as an assistant...

Ding Zilin Urges Charter 08 Signers to “Join” Liu Xiaobo’s Trial

In an interview with Human Rights in China (HRIC), Tiananmen Mothers’ representative Ding Zilin (丁子霖) called for a peaceful collective action to support Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波). Liu is facing an imminent trial on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” in connection with six essays he wrote and...

Feng Zhenghu Urges International Community to Support Right of Return to One’s Own Country

In an interview with Human Rights in China (HRIC), Feng Zhenghu (冯正虎), a Chinese citizen who has been denied return to China since June 7, 2009, says that the international community must not forget the meaning of Human Rights Day, December 10, which commemorates the adoption of the Universal...

Rights Activists Illegally Held, Harassed Before Human Rights Day

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that rights activist Chen Xi (陈西), one of the organizers of an annual Guizhou Human Rights Symposium to take place around Human Rights Day, December 10 – which commemorates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – has been held by police since 10:00 a.m...

Case Update: Authorities Obstruct Huang Qi’s Appeal Attempts

Human Rights in China (HRIC) was informed on December 1, 2009, that Sichuan earthquake activist Huang Qi (黄琦), who was convicted of “illegal possession of state secrets” and sentenced to three years in prison, is trying to file an appeal before his appeal period expires in two days. His efforts,...

Case Update: Court Stalls on Giving Written Judgment to Huang Qi's Lawyers, Family

[Chinese / 中文] The family of Sichuan earthquake activist Huang Qi (黄琦), who was convicted of “illegal possession of state secrets” on November 23, 2009, and sentenced to three years imprisonment, has requested that Human Rights in China make public two documents. The first is a letter from Huang’s...

HRIC Condemns Three-Year Sentence for Earthquake Activist

On Monday, November 23, 2009, a court in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, sentenced Huang Qi (黄琦), an activist who tried to help families of the victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, to three years in prison for “illegal possession of state secrets.” Huang has been in detention since June 2008....

Rights Defense Lawyer Detained for 13.5 Hours After Efforts to Meet With Obama in Beijing

  Rights defense lawyer Jiang Tianyong (江天勇) was released on the evening of Thursday, November 19, 2009, after a thirteen-and-a-half-hour detention. He was taken into custody one day after his request to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the American embassy. He spoke with Human Rights in...

U.S. Citizen Detained in Beijing for Attempt to Deliver Letter to Obama

On the afternoon of November 17, 2009, when U.S. President Barack Obama was scheduled to visit the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, a U.S. citizen, Julie Harms, who was waiting outside the embassy in order to deliver an appeal letter for the President, was picked up by Chinese police officers. According to...

Shanghai Petitioner, Beaten, Writes Letter to President Obama

  Shanghai-based petitioner Mao Hengfeng (毛恒风) has asked Human Rights in China (HRIC) to publish a letter she wrote to U.S. President Barack Obama. According to sources, around 11:00 p.m., Sunday, November 15, just as President Obama was arriving in Shanghai, Mao and her husband, Wu Xuewei (吴雪伟),...

Letter to President Barack Obama from Ding Zilin

In early November 2009, at the request of Ding Zilin, a member of the Tiananmen Mothers – a group of families of the victims of the June Fourth government crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement – Human Rights in China translated into English a letter by Ding Zilin, and delivered the letter in its...

HRIC Urges President Obama to Not Give PRC Leaders a Free Pass on Human Rights

On the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to China, during which he will discuss with Chinese leaders issues critical to U.S.-China relations, Human Rights in China (HRIC) urges President Obama to ensure that urgent human rights cases and issues are not once again sidelined.  From...

Organizer of Families of Tainted Milk Powder Victims Detained

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Zhao Lianhai (赵连海), a parent of a victim of melamine-tainted milk powder and a core organizer of affected families nationwide, was detained on the evening of November 13, 2009. Zhao’s wife, Li Xuemei (李雪梅), told HRIC that at around 10:30 p.m. that day...

Two-Year Sentence for Property Rights Advocate, 70, Accused of Possessing State Secrets

  On November 6, 2009, in a closed trial, a local court in Zhejiang Province sentenced a 70-year-old petitioner, Lin Dagang (林大刚), to two years in prison for illegally possessing state secrets – namely, a document issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (formerly the Ministry...

Rights Activist Beaten and Detained Following Protest

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shen Peilan (沈佩兰), a Shanghai-based forced-evictions petitioner, has been detained. Shen’s husband, Cai Jingcheng(蔡净成), told HRIC that Shen was taken away from their home at 3:00 p.m. on October 29 by officers from the public security bureau of...

Petitioner Gets One Year and Six Months for “Obstructing Official Business”

  Human Rights in China (HRIC) learned that on October 23, 2009, Duan Chunfang (段春芳), a Shanghai petitioner and Charter ’08 signer, was sentenced by a Shanghai court to one year and six months in prison for “obstructing official business.” Duan’s family members said that this is an unjust ruling...

Democracy Activist Gets Ten Years for “Subversion of State Power”

On October 16, 2009, Guo Quan (郭泉), former Nanjing Normal University associate professor and former member of China Democratic League (one of the eight state-approved “democratic” parties), was sentenced to ten years in prison and three years of deprivation of political rights for “subversion of...

Case Update: Liang Liwan Released from Police Custody

Informed sources tell Human Rights in China (HRIC) that Zhejiang eviction petitioner Liang Liwan (梁丽婉) has been released from police custody this morning at 11:00 am, Beijing time. She was reportedly threatened but not beaten in detention. Liang was first detained by police on September 23, 2009....

Activist Detained After Telling UN Expert of Impending Eviction

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from informed sources that Liang Liwan (梁丽婉), a petitioner of forced eviction and demolition from Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, who has been in police custody since September 23, 2009, was moved to an undisclosed location on October 3. Her family currently...

HRIC Launches YouTube Channel

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is pleased to announce the launch of the HRIC YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/hrichina). The YouTube channel consists of HRIC-produced videos and playlists of YouTube videos on human rights topics, including: •    Tibetan protest in front of the Empire State...

Spectacle of Power Cannot Conceal Deep Insecurity

To mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, the Chinese government is staging a celebration that leaders claim will be unprecedented in scale. 1 Domestically, the government has expended enormous amounts of money and resources and mobilized hundreds...

Xie Changfa (谢长发) Receives Severe Sentence of 13 Years’ Imprisonment for Organizing Political Party

  On September 1, 2009, Hunan Democracy Party member Xie Changfa (谢长发) was sentenced to thirteen years’ imprisonment and five years’ deprivation of political rights by the Changsha Municipal Intermediate Court for the crime of “subversion of state power.” This is one of the most severe sentences of...

UN Expert Body Calls for Greater Protections for Ethnic Groups, Rural Inhabitants, and Rights Defenders in China

A United Nations expert body said today that China must “carefully consider the root causes” of inter-ethnic tensions within its borders, particularly in rural ethnic regions such as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). In relation to the ethnic...

Gongmeng Officially Shut Down, Founder Formally Arrested

As the news of the official arrest of well-known rights defender Xu Zhiyong (许志永) emerges, Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the authorities have officially shut down Gongmeng (also known as Open Constitution Initiative, OCI), the public interest group Xu Zhiyong helped found. In July,...

Uneven Justice in Case of Policemen and Commander Found Guilty in Death of Detained Man

On August 12, 2009, a court in Jiangxi Province found three policemen and their commander guilty in connection with the death of a man in police custody.  The four men – policemen Deng Hongfei (邓鸿飞), Guo Songlin (郭松林), Xiong Yu’er (熊玉儿), and their superior, Xia Xiangdong (夏向东), all belonging to the...

Police Beat and Detain Supporters of Sichuan Earthquake Critic Morning before Trial

The trial of Tan Zuoren (谭作人), writer and environmental activist, in the Intermediate People’s Court in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, ended without a court decision today, August 12, 2009. Tan was tried for “incitement to subvert state power.” Before the trial, the well known artist Ai Weiwei (...

UN Expert Body Wraps Up Dialogue with China on Anti-Discrimination Efforts

On Monday, August 10, in Geneva, a United Nations expert body concluded its dialogue with a Chinese delegation on China’s progress in implementing its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (the “Convention”). In two review and...

At United Nations, China to Answer Broad Range of Concerns over Racial Discrimination

On August 7, 2009, a UN Committee of Experts began its review of China’s progress in implementing its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (the “Convention”). In introductory remarks before the Committee, Duan Jielong (段洁龙),...

Authorities Kidnapped and Prevented Court Appearance by Witness for Huang Qi’s Case

On Aug 5, a closed hearing was held in Chengdu Wuhou District Court on the case of Sichuan rights activist and founder of Tianwang Human Rights Center (天网人权) Huang Qi (黄琦), who was suspected of "illegal possession of state secrets". Huang Qi was arrested by authorities after actively participating...

Xu Zhiyong in Custody Seven Days; Still No Official Explanation

Seven days after Xu Zhiyong (许志永), the director of Gongmeng, a public interest organization in Beijing, was taken away by State Security of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, there is still no official explanation for his detention. According to unofficial reports, Xu Zhiyong is...

China’s Anti-Discrimination Efforts to be Scrutinized by UN on August 7 and 10

Next week in Geneva, China’s efforts in meeting its obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (the “Convention”) will come under scrutiny at the United Nations. China’s review, to be conducted by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial...

Raid of Public Interest Group Reveals Degree of Information Control

In a case illustrating just how tightly the Chinese government controls the circulation of information, representatives of two government agencies raided a Beijing public interest group, charging it with publishing its own internal information and a periodical without the required permits. On...

Resources on the Draft Revision of the "Law on Guarding State Secrets"

For a comprehensive examination of China’s state secrets system, including a full English translation of and related laws and regulations, see Human Rights in China’s 2007 report State Secrets: China’s Legal Labyrinth. Below is a list of additional resources relating to the draft revision of the...

Examples of Cases Involving Charges Related to State Secrets from 2007 to Present

Sun Xiaodi (孙小弟) and Sun Haiyan (孙海燕) (also known as Sun Dunbai (孙敦白)) Sun Xiaodi is a workers’ rights and environmental justice advocate who has fought over 20 years to publicize contamination hazards and corruption in connection with the operation of China’s No. 792 Uranium Mine. On June 10,...

China Considers State Secrets Law Revision

On June 22, 2009, a draft revision of China’s Law on Guarding State Secrets (中华人民共和国保守国家秘密法) was given a first reading at the Ninth Session of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People’s Congress (NPC). Although the draft revision was reviewed, it was not adopted by the NPC. Instead, on...

Law of the People’s Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets (Revised Draft) (2009) Full Text and Explanation

[English Translation by Human Rights in China, July 2009.  Translation of Articles 1-51 based on the English translation of the 1989 Law of the People’s Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets by the Supreme Court of the People’s Republic of China.] The ninth session of the Standing...

Law Research Center Is Shut Down as Authorities Tighten Control on Civil Society Groups

[Chinese / 中文] Human Rights in China (HRIC) is deeply concerned about the July 17 shutdown of the Gongmeng Law Research Center of the Open Constitution Initiative (OCI), an organization set up to provide legal consultation and assistance to the public. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs...

Environmental Activist Sun Xiaodi Sentenced to Two Years of Reeducation-Through-Labor; Daughter to Year-and-a-Half

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is deeply concerned that Gansu authorities have sentenced well-known environmental activist Sun Xiaodi (孙小弟) to two years of Reeducation-Through Labor (RTL), and his daughter Sun Dunbai (孙敦白), also known as Sun Haiyan (孙海燕), to one-and-a-half years of RTL, for criminal...

Environmental Activist Sun Xiaodi and Daughter Face Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL)

On July 10, Hu Jianhong (胡建红), wife of anti-nuclear activist Sun Xiaodi (孙小弟), confirmed with Human Rights in China (HRIC) that the Public Security Bureau of Diebu County, Gansu Province, has recommended at least half-a-year of Reeducation–Through-Labor (RTL) for Sun and their daughter, Sun Haiyan...

Relative of Earthquake Victim Receives Three-Year Sentence with Five-Year Suspension

On July 9, 2009, Beichuan County People’s Court in Sichuan Province sentenced He Hongchun (何洪春), a family member of a victim of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, to three years in prison with a five-year suspension. He was convicted of organizing to disrupt social order. Dozens of parents of victims...

Police Accused of Killing Detained Man: They Were Ordered to Use Violence

On July 1, the trial of four police officers for involvement in the death of Wan Jianguo (万建国), who died in August 2008 on his 35th day of detention, opened in Nanchang Intermediate People’s Court in Jiangxi Province. Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that three of the defendants said...

HRIC Strongly Condemns the Formal Arrest of Liu Xiaobo by Chinese Authorities

On June 23, 2009, the Beijing Public Security Bureau formally arrested Dr. Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), a signer of Charter 08, on charges of “suspicion of incitement to subvert state power” (涉嫌煽动颠覆国家政权罪). That Chinese authorities would take such an extreme measure exactly 100 days prior to the 60th...

Rights Defense Lawyer Li Subin Sues Beijing and Henan Judicial Authorities

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that on June 11, 2009, Chinese rights defense lawyer Li Subin (李苏滨) filed a complaint at Beijing Xicheng District People’s Court against the Beijing Judicial Bureau and Henan Judicial Department. Li alleges that the judicial authorities violated the law in...

Chinese Lawyer Challenges Filtering Software Order and Requests Public Hearing

Beijing rights defense lawyer Li Fangping (李方平) submitted a request on June 11, 2009, to Li Yizhong (李毅中), Minister of Industry and Information Technology, to hold a hearing on the ministry’s requirement that all computers sold in China – either manufactured in China or imported – be equipped...

Chinese Government Orders Computer Manufacturers to Pre-install Filtering Software

A Chinese government directive requiring domestic computer manufacturers and manufacturers that export computers to China to pre-install filtering software – “Green Dam Youth Escort” software – was made public on June 8, 2009. Human Rights in China (HRIC) has translated the directive and compiled...

Chinese Rights Defense Lawyers Under All-out Attack by the Authorities

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that in recent days, the Chinese authorities have used various procedural obstacles, harassment, and even kidnapping to launch an all-out attack on rights defense lawyers. As of June 1, at least 17 Chinese rights defense lawyers did not receive their “annual...

Chinese Authorities Detain Former June Fourth Prisoner Wu Gaoxing after Open Letter

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that freelance writer Wu Gaoxing (吴高兴), a former June Fourth prisoner, was taken by the police from his home in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, at around 10:00 a.m. on May 30, 2009. Wu is one of the five signers of a recent open letter to President Hu Jintao...

Open Letter to China’s Leaders from Five Former June Fourth Prisoners from Zhejiang

Five former prisoners of June Fourth from Zhejiang Province, Wu Gaoxing (吴高兴), Chen Longde (陈龙德), Wang Donghai (王东海), Mao Guoliang (毛国良), and Ye Wenxiang (叶文相), have requested that Human Rights in China (HRIC) release their open letter to Chinese leaders seeking economic redress.   They...

Tiananmen Mothers: Public Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the June Fourth Massacre

Tiananmen Mothers: Public Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the June Fourth Massacre This year is the 20th anniversary of the June Fourth Massacre. As a group of Chinese citizens who have lost loved ones in this tragedy, and with profound grief buried in our hearts, we are releasing the...

Beijing Lawyers Beaten for Representing Falun Gong Case

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Beijing rights defense lawyers Zhang Kai (张凯) and Li Chunfu (李春富) were violently beaten at their client’s home in Chongqing by local police on May 13, 2009. They were then brought to the local police station for interrogation and were locked up in an...

Wife of Abducted Rights Defense Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Requests Urgent Help from U.S. Congress in Open Letter

Geng He (耿和), wife of Gao Zhisheng (高智晟), the prominent Chinese rights defense lawyer who has been disappeared since early February 2009, is requesting help from the United States government to put pressure on the Chinese government to disclose Gao’s whereabouts. She has requested that Human Rights...

Pursuant to New Court Ruling, Shenzhen Rights Defense Lawyer Liu Yao Released after More than 400 Days in Detention

On April 16, 2009, Liu Yao (刘尧), prominent Shenzhen rights defense lawyer, was released after a fourth trial, on April 10, in which he challenged his conviction of “intentional destruction of properties.” In detention since December 2007, Liu was initially sentenced to four years, a term later...

Shanghai Rights Defender Harassed on Heels of National Human Rights Action Plan Release

According to information received by Human Rights in China (HRIC), Zheng Enchong (郑恩宠), a Shanghai-based rights defense lawyer, was detained by the police for ten hours on April 15, 2009. It was the fifth time over the past week that Zheng was summoned by the police. Zheng Enchong believes that...

Retired Professor Attacked after Honoring Memory of Late Party Secretary Zhao Ziyang

On April 4, 2009, Sun Wenguang (孙文广), 75, retired professor of Shandong University, was brutally beaten by five unidentified men as he returned from paying respects to memory of the late Zhao Ziyang, former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China who visited students on Tiananmen Square...

Shandong Petitioner Sentenced to Reeducation-Through-Labor

On March 17, 2009, Shandong petitioner Zhang Jinfeng (张金凤) was sentenced to one year and nine months of Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL). Zhang was detained on March 5, 2009, while taking photos at a peaceful rally of several hundred petitioners in Quancheng Square, Jinan, Shandong Province....

Beijing Law Firm Yitong is Shut Down for Six Months; Staff Lawyers Ordered to Turn in Licenses

In a draconian decision on March 17, 2009, the Haidian District Bureau of Justice in Beijing ordered a six-month shutdown of Yitong, the Beijing law firm well known for handling controversial and sensitive cases. In addition, the Bureau ordered the firm to turn in the licenses of all their...

Labor Leader Yao Fuxin Is Released after Completing Seven-year Term

On Monday, March 16, 2009, Yao Fuxin (姚福信), a long-time labor activist, was released from Lingyuan No. 2 Prison, Liaoning Province, after completing his seven-year term on conviction of “subversion of state power.” In March 2002, Yao was detained after speaking at a two-day peaceful demonstration...

Case Update: Beijing Intellectuals Yang Zili and Zhang Honghai Released after Eight Years in Prison

Beijing intellectuals Yang Zili (杨子立) and Zhang Honghai (张宏海) were released from prison after completing their eight-year term on March 12, 2009, Yang from the Beijing No. 2 Prison, and Zhang from the Qiaosi Prison in Zhejiang Province. They were imprisoned for activities as members of the New...

Family of Missing Rights Defense Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Arrives in U.S.

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received news that rights defense lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s (高智晟) wife and children have safely landed in the United States on March 11, 2009. HRIC warmly welcomes the safe arrival of the Gao family. Gao is well-known for representing politically sensitive cases and...

Guizhou Petitioner Ding Fayou Detained

Chen Hong (陈红), a Guizhou petitioner who has been seeking redress for the death of her brother, Chen Jun, told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that her husband, Ding Fayou (丁发有), also a petitioner, has been detained since early March 2009 and beaten in detention. Chen told HRIC that on March 9, a...

Beijing Lawyers Association Violates Its Own Rule in Removing Independent Candidates from Election of Representatives

Five qualified independent candidates were barred by the Beijing Lawyers Association (BLA) from the March 4, 2009 runoff election of representatives from the Chaoyang District. The candidates are: Cheng Hai (程海), Zhang Lihui (张立辉), Tong Chaoping (童朝平), Tang Jitian (唐吉田) and Yang Huiwen (杨惠文). All...

Chinese Authorities Tighten Grip on Rights Defenders during NPC and CPPCC Sessions

Chinese authorities have intensified crackdowns on rights defenders and petitioners during the current annual sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), commonly known as the “Two Congresses”, convening in Beijing. Human...

In Open Letter, Tiananmen Mothers Urge China's Leaders to Investigate June 4

In advance of the 20th anniversary of the June 4, 1989, military crackdown on the democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, the Tiananmen Mothers, a group of mothers and relatives who lost their loved ones during the government action, has asked Human Rights in China (HRIC) to make public a...

Dissident Writer Interrogated for Publishing Critical Articles

The Chinese government stated categorically during the UN Universal Periodic Review of the country's human rights record just earlier this month that there is no censorship in China. But punishing a writer for criticizing government actions is censorship. — Sharon Hom, Executive Director of HRIC...

Beijing Law Firm Faces Six-Month Shutdown for Attorneys' Support of Direct Bar Election

The Beijing Yitong Law Firm was given notice that it will be shut down for six months for, the authorities claimed, allowing a lawyer in the firm to practice without a license. However, the lawyer in question, Li Subin (李苏滨), said that most likely the authorities wanted to punish the firm because...

In Joint Letter, HRIC Urges Secretary of State Clinton to Make Human Rights Concerns a Priority in Trip to China

On February 12, 2009, Human Rights in China signed a joint letter, with six other human rights group, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, urging U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make human rights issues a prominent topic in her discussions with the Chinese leadership...

Case Update: Elderly Activist Shuang Shuying Released; Reports Abuses in Prison

Shuang Shuying (双淑英), 77, evictions activist and mother of house church pastor Hua Huiqi (华惠棋), was released from the Beijing Women’s Prison on Sunday morning, February 8, 2009. In an interview with HRIC on the day of her release, Shuang recounted the abuses she suffered in prison. Shuang served a...

China Rejects UN Recommendations for Substantive Reform to Advance Human Rights; HRIC Summary

In the report of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of China issued by the UPR Working Group this morning, while accepting some recommendations on the promotion of human rights in general, China rejected many of the recommendations made by UN member states to implement specific measures and...

China's UN Human Rights Review: New Process, Old Politics, Weak Implementation Prospects

The examination of China’s first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report by the UN Human Rights Council concluded this morning. The Chinese delegation, led by Chinese Ambassador Li Baodong, dismissed concerns raised by many countries over China’s human rights practices as “politicized statements.”...

Torture Account by Missing Rights Defense Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received an account by rights defense lawyer Gao Zhisheng (高智晟) from a reliable source, detailing his kidnapping and torture in September 2007. Gao was sentenced to three years in prison in December 2006 on charges of “inciting subversion” for writing a series of...

Implementation and Protection of Human Rights in the People's Republic of China

A parallel NGO report by Human Rights in China (HRIC), submitted to the Human Rights Council in advance of its review of the human rights practices of the People’s Republic of China for the first time. Full Report with Executive Summary [PDF, 109K]Abridged Chinese Translation of the Report [PDF,...

More than 500 Chinese Lawyers Sign Petition against Colleague’s Jail Sentence

In the largest joint signature campaign to date by China’s legal community, 511 lawyers in Shenzhen signed a joint petition challenging the prison sentence of a fellow lawyer, Liu Yao (刘尧), and calling for a fair trial. Liu represented peasants in Paitou Village, located in Dongyuan County, Heyuan...

Human Rights Lawyer in Arbitrary Detention

The Chinese government should immediately disclose the whereabouts of Gao Zhisheng (高智晟), a leading human rights lawyer who disappeared two weeks ago, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Human Rights in China said today in a joint statement. The three organizations stressed that Gao was...

Petitioner Mao Hengfeng Has Been Detained after November Release from Prison

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤), Shanghai-based petitioner and rights defender, was detained on January 12 and will be held for seven days by Shanghai police for shouting slogans in public. Mao was released from prison in November 2008 after serving a two-year-and-...

Chinese Authorities Continue to Suppress Charter 08; Number of Signers Exceeds 7,200

In the month since Charter 08 was first issued on December 9, 2008, the Chinese authorities, in addition to detaining one of its signers, independent intellectual Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), have mobilized police forces across the country to summon, threaten, harass and monitor other signers. The signers...

Zeng Jinyan's Sakharov Prize Acceptance Speech on behalf of Hu Jia

Zeng Jinyan (曾金燕), wife of imprisoned HIV/AIDS activist and rights defender, Hu Jia (胡佳), accepted the European Parliament's 2008 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on behalf of Hu, via a video appearance at the award ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg at noon on December 17. Hu...

Independent Scholars Detained: Start of 2009 Crackdown?

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a diverse group of 303 Chinese writers, intellectuals, lawyers, journalists, retired Party officials, workers, peasants, and businessmen have issued an open letter – "Charter 08" – calling for legal reforms, democracy...

Charter 08

December 9, 2008 Translation by HRIC I. Preamble This year marks 100 years since China’s [first] Constitution,1 the 60th anniversary of the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 30th anniversary of the birth of the Democracy Wall, and the 10th year since the Chinese...

Two Guizhou Rights Activists Detained

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that two Guizhou rights activists have been detained by the authorities on the eve of Human Rights Day, December 10, which commemorates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Another rights activist who had "disappeared" sent a text message that he would...

Rights Activist’s Family Sends Appeal after Home Was Demolished

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that, on November 21, 2008, authorities in Beijing’s Xicheng District used a bulldozer to demolish the home of rights defense activist Ni Yulan (倪玉兰), who has been in detention since April 2008 without a trial. Her husband, Dong Jiqin (董继勤),has been made...

UN Committee Says China "Should Take Immediate Steps to Prevent Acts of Torture"

In a sweeping report, the United Nations (UN) Committee against Torture today issued its review findings on China’s compliance with its international treaty obligations to end torture. The Committee said that it “remains deeply concerned about the continued allegations, corroborated by numerous...

HRIC Condemns XUAR Authorities' Plans to Force Six-Month Pregnant Woman to Undergo Abortion

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the authorities in Ghulja (Yining Prefecture in Chinese) in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) plan to force a six-and-a-half-month pregnant Uyghur woman to undergo an abortion imminently. UPDATE: Nov 19, 2008 Uyghur Woman, Arzigul Tursun,...

Guizhou Police Threaten Rights Group over Commemoration of 60th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that members of a group planning a human rights seminar in December in Guiyang, Guizhou Province, have been threatened by the police. Members of the group vow that they will not back down. Led by Chen Xi (陈西), Shen Youlian (申有连), and Liao Xuangyuan (廖双元),...

UN Experts: “Serious Information Gap” on China’s Efforts to End Torture

A United Nations (UN) body of independent experts voiced concern today that China has not presented sufficient information to show its compliance with its international obligation to end torture. During a two-day review in Geneva, Chinese representatives defended the country’s record, claiming that...

Prominent Advocate of Direct Local Elections Is Disappeared by Authorities

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Yao Lifa (姚立法), a teacher in Hubei province and prominent proponent of direct elections, disappeared on October 31, 2008, on the eve of the election of the Qianjiang Municipal People's Congress in Hubei. Local authorities admitted that they were...

Rights Defender Subjected to Torture in Prison is Denied Access to Lawyer

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄, also known as Yang Maodong, 杨茂东), who was tortured by prison authorities and brutally beaten by an inmate, has been denied access to his lawyer. Guo is serving a five-year sentence in Meizhou Prison, Guangdong Province, and intends to...

Beijing Lawyers' Appeal for Direct Elections

Keep Pace with the Course of History, Implement Lawyers Association Direct Election: An Appeal to All Beijing Lawyers, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice, and the Beijing Municipal Lawyers Association Appeal by 35 lawyers posted on August 26, 2008Translation by Human Rights in China To all...

Lawyers Are Dismissed by Firms for Supporting Beijing Lawyers Association Direct Election, Law Firms Are Threatened

Prominent rights defense lawyers Cheng Hai (程海) and Li Subin (李苏濱) were asked to leave their positions at the Beijing Yitong Law Firm on October 30, 2008. They are among 35 lawyers who published an appeal on the Internet on August 26, 2008, calling for direct election of the officials of the state-...

HRIC Congratulates Hu Jia, Recipient of 2008 Sakharov Prize

Human Rights in China is very pleased to learn that Chinese rights activist Hu Jia (胡佳) has been honored with the 2008 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. As this year marks the 60th anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Parliament's conferral of...

HRIC Calls for Press Freedom for all Journalists in China

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the Chinese government's decision to make permanent the temporary media regulations that have provided greater freedom for foreign journalists reporting in China since January 2007. HRIC urges the Chinese government, having delivered on its earlier assurances...

Security Forces Beat Impoverished Villagers Seeking Redress for Man-Made Disaster

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that on October 8, 2008, around 1:00 P.M., hundreds of peasants organized a peaceful sit-in and blocked traffic at a major road in Sanjiang town (三江镇), Guangdong province. Witnesses reported that more than five hundred police officers, military police (武警),...

Sichuan Teacher, Liu Shaokun, was Released to Serve his Reeducation-Through-Labor Sentence Outside of Labor Camp

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Liu Shaokun (刘绍坤), who was sentenced to one year of Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) after posting online his photographs of collapsed school buildings in quake-affected areas, was released by the authorities on Wednesday, September 24, to serve his...

Chengdu House Church Files First Suit in China Against Government Religious Authority

In what is believed to be the first suit against a government religious authority in China, the chief organizer of the Qiuyu Blessings Church—a Christian house church in Chengdu city—is suing the Shuangliu County Bureau of People's Religious Affairs for illegally shutting down a religious gathering...

Mao Hengfeng, Petitioner on Family Planning Issues, Reports Continued Abuse in Prison

Human Rights in China has learned that Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤), who began serving a two-and-a-half year sentence in December 2006 in the Shanghai Women’s Prison, continues to be physically and mentally abused in prison. She has not been allowed visits by family members for more than 10 months. Her...

Petitioners Call Sentence Repeal a "Victory for Civilization," Thank International Media

On August 17, during the Beijing Olympics, Wu Dianyuan (吴殿元), 79, and Wang Xiuying (王秀英), 77, petitioners who had been forcibly evicted from their Beijing homes in 2001 to make way for Olympics construction, were ordered to serve one year of Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL).* Their crimes: applying...

Open Letter to Meizhou Prison

Human Rights in China sent an open letter to Meizhou Prison to appeal for better treatment for Guo Feixiong. An English translation of the letter is below. [English Translation] September 10, 2008 Guangdong Province Meizhou Prison66 Meizhou No. 3 RoadMeizhou, Guangdong 512035 Dear Leaders of...

HRIC September Take Action: Put an End to Torture in China

Although torture is illegal in China under both international and domestic law, there is ample evidence that torture is used by police, state security, and prison officials to extract confessions, and as a tool for political repression. In August 2007, Zhu Xiaoqing, China’s Deputy Procurator-...

Authorities Relent on Reeducation-Through-Labor Sentence for Elderly Women who Applied for Protest Permit

Human Rights in China has learned that, on August 29, the Beijing Municipal Reeducation-Through-Labor Decision Committee rescinded its decision to sentence two elderly women to a year of Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) – less than two weeks after the decision was delivered. Wu Dianyuan (吴殿元), 79,...

Imprisoned Democracy Activist Hu Shigen Released

Human Rights in China has learned that the Chinese authorities have released long-term political prisoner and veteran democracy advocate Hu Shigen (胡石根). Hu was released Tuesday, August 26, 2008, after serving sixteen years of a twenty-year sentence. “We welcome the release of Hu Shigen, but it is...

2008 Beijing Olympics: The Price of National Glorification

On Sunday evening, Beijing concluded the 29th Olympiad that had opened 16 days ago with a ceremony that awed and mesmerized spectators and television viewers around the world. Under the spotlight of the international media, the Chinese government presented exalted images of China's history and...

Two Beijing Residents Sentenced to Reeducation-Through-Labor After Applying for Permits to Demonstrate in Olympics "Protest Zones"

Human Rights in China has learned that Beijing petitioners Wu Dianyuan (吴殿元) and Wang Xiuying (王秀英) have been ordered to serve a one-year term of Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) after repeatedly applying for permits to hold demonstrations in the Beijing "protest zones" during the Olympics. Wu and...

In Hiding, Beijing House Church Activist Hua Huiqi Appeals for Help

In a letter to Human Rights in China (appended below), Beijing house church activist Hua Huiqi (华惠棋) details his abduction on Sunday, August 10, by State Security police and appeals for help. Hua was seized on his way to a church service also attended by U.S. President Bush but managed to escape...

Bird's Nest Painting Banned

[Chinese / 中文]  Bird's Nest, in the Style of Cubist36 X 48 inchOil on canvas2008  On July 3, Chinese customs officers seized a painting by noted China-born, New York-based artist Zhang Hongtu, which depicts the National Stadium in Beijing, popularly referred to as the Bird's Nest. Titled "Bird's...

Human Rights Situation in China Worsens as Bush Calls for a More Open Society

On the eve of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, as President Bush urges Chinese leaders to grant greater freedom to the people of China, sources from within the country have informed Human Rights in China that Chinese authorities continue to detain, harass, coerce, and monitor rights...

Political Prisoner He Depu Writes to IOC President Jacques Rogge

He Depu (何德普), a veteran dissident serving an eight year prison sentence, appeals to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge in a letter released today to Human Rights in China by his family. In his letter, He Depu tells President Rogge that prison conditions in China have...

In Name of "Petitioners Relief Campaign" Local Authorities in Guizhou Deceive Petitioners in Death Case

Human Rights in China has learned that, under the banner of the nationwide "Petitioners Relief Campaign," authorities in Liupanshui city, Guizhou province have tricked petitioning couple Ding Fayou and Chen Hong who have been seeking redress for Chen's brother who was shot dead by a policeman in...

HRIC August Take Action: Support the Right to Housing in China and Say "No" to Forced Evictions

As the Chinese government welcomes athletes and spectators from around the world to Beijing, beautified with a staggering sum of $42 billion, the city is also leaving behind a trail of wrecked homes and evicted residents with inadequate or no compensation for their lost properties. Even as the...

Sichuan Teacher to Serve One Year of RTL for Posting Photos of Collapsed School Buildings Online

Human Rights in China has learned that Liu Shaokun (刘绍坤), a Sichuan school teacher who photographed collapsed school buildings in quake-affected areas and posted his pictures online, has been ordered to serve one year of Reeducation-Through-Labor (劳动教养) (RTL). Despite making several attempts, Liu’s...

Case Update: Authorities Denied Bail and Medicines for Detained Activist Huang Qi

Human Rights in China has learned that authorities denied permission to detained rights activist Huang Qi’s (黄琦) wife, Zeng Li (曾丽), and mother, Pu Wenqing (浦文清), to bring Huang medicine or submit an application for his release on bail. They were denied access by an officer at the Chengdu Wuhou...

Case Update: Imprisoned Activist Ye Guozhu's Release Delayed on Eve of Olympic Games

Human Rights in China strongly condemns the arbitrary detention of jailed housing activist Ye Guozhu (叶国柱) who was due to be released on July 26, 2008. The arbitrary detention of Ye Guozhu after completion of his four years sentence demonstrates the extreme measures the Chinese authorities will...

Case Update: Security Forces Detain Rights Activists Huang Xiaomin and Wei Zhenling

Human Rights in China has learned that state security forces detained Huang Xiaomin (黄晓敏) and Wei Zhenling (魏桢凌) on July 25, 2008. Huang and Wei are the heads of the Sichuan and Zhejiang branches, respectively, of the Pan-Blue Alliance (泛蓝联盟), an online group of political and rights activists....

Wife of Jailed “Barefoot Lawyer” Chen Guangcheng Addresses Open Letter to President Hu Jintao

Watching the Olympic torch pass through Linyi City, Shandong Province on July 21, Yuan Weijing (袁伟静) composed an open letter to President Hu Jintao, calling on him to remember the plight of her husband, jailed “barefoot lawyer” Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚) and lamenting that she and her daughter remain...

Crackdown Worsens on Eve of Beijing Games

Just over two weeks before the Olympic Games open in Beijing, Chinese authorities continue to intensify their efforts, under the banner of a "peaceful Olympics" (平安奥运), to suppress rights activists and other individuals speaking out against repression. "The current state of affairs is intolerable...

Case Update: Detained Rights Activist Huang Qi Formally Arrested

Detained rights activist Huang Qi (黄琦) was formally arrested by Sichuan police the afternoon of Friday, July 18, Human Rights in China has learned. Huang, who travelled to the Sichuan earthquake zone and published news about the plight of parents who lost children in the disaster, was detained by...

HRIC July Take Action: Support Religious Freedom and Cultural Rights for Ethnic Minorities

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a renowned and popular Tibetan Buddhist leader, remains in prison serving a life sentence for "crimes of terror and incitement of separatism." Prior to his arrest, he was active in promoting Tibetan education and culture in his home region, the Garze Tibetan Autonomous...

Rights Crackdown Intensifies a Month before the Games

Only one month before the Beijing Games open, the Chinese authorities have significantly escalated and broadened their systematic crackdown on rights defense activities, religious and cultural expression, and critical voices. The efforts of the authorities to maintain control now include targeting...

Rights Lawyers Prevented from Meeting U.S. Congressmen

On June 29, Beijing authorities harassed and prevented prominent rights defense lawyers in China from meeting with two U.S. Congressmen who were part of a U.S. delegation visiting Beijing. “With less than five weeks to go before the Beijing Games, the Chinese authorities are not only treating...

Case Update: Activist Hua Huiqi and Family Beaten

Human Rights in China has learned that during the evening of July 1, 2008, police from the Chongwen District Branch Office of the Public Security Bureau (PSB) and the State Security Bureau in Beijing, accompanied by more than 30 additional people, forced open the door of Beijing-based house church...

Children of Rights Defender Guo Feixiong Barred from School Enrollment

Human Rights in China deplores the Guangzhou authorities' efforts to prevent the children of an imprisoned rights defender from attending school and urges Premier Wen Jiabao (温家宝) to protect the two children from such attempts to inflict punishment on the family as a whole. Zhang Qing (张青), the...

Lawyer Launches Test of New Open Government Regulations

A Beijing lawyer has launched a test of China’s new Open Government Information (OGI) Regulations (政府信息公开条例), which, according to the OGI, are intended to "ensure that citizens, legal persons and other organizations (公民、法人和其他组织) can obtain government information by lawful means, and increase...

Case Update: Huang Qi Denied Access to Counsel

Human Rights in China has learned that rights activist Huang Qi (黄琦) has been denied access to legal counsel after more than 2 weeks in detention. Huang, who travelled to the Sichuan earthquake zone and published news about the plight of parents who lost children in the disaster, was detained by...

Torch Relay in Tibet: Spectacle over Substance

Human Rights in China is deeply concerned by the Chinese authorities' decision to send the Olympic torch through the Tibetan capital of Lhasa on Saturday. This leg of the relay was originally scheduled for June 19 to 21, but in the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake, Beijing officials announced...

Chinese Authorities Block Comedy Central and Other Entertainment Websites

Human Rights in China has learned that the Chinese authorities are currently (as of June 19) blocking an IP address hosting Comedy Central, the U.S.-based comedy cable television channel, along with several other entertainment websites. How can China aspire to the world stage when it continues to...

Press Release: Revised ‘Lawyers Law’ Fails to Protect Lawyers

Human Rights in China is deeply concerned that the revised Lawyers Law (律师法), which came into force on June 1, 2008, is already falling short of its goal to "protect the practice of law by lawyers" because of flawed local implementation and the continued abuse by the authorities of China’s highly...

Rights Activist Huang Qi Detained on Suspicion of Holding State Secrets

Rights activist Huang Qi has been criminally detained on suspicion of illegally possessing state secrets after visiting the Sichuan earthquake zone and publishing news about the plight of parents who lost children in the disaster, Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned. Huang's family was...

Human Rights in China Condemns the Detention of Huang Qi by Police in Chengdu

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received information that police in Chengdu confirm the detention of Huang Qi, a leading Internet human rights activist, who was reported taken away in a car by unidentified individuals on June 10, 2008. With less than 60 days left before the opening of the Olympic...

June Fourth Memorial Activities Closely Monitored in China

Human Rights in China has learned that authorities have closely monitored activities carried out on the occasion of the 19th anniversary of the 1989 June Fourth crackdown, and harassed numerous individuals attempting to commemorate the anniversary. The Tiananmen Mothers, an organization of family...

Legal Guidelines for Foreigners—Olympic Traps for Foreigners?

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is today issuing an English translation of the Chinese government's reference guide for foreign visitors to the Beijing Olympics, which open on August 8. The "Legal Guidelines for Foreigners Entering, Exiting and Staying in China during the Olympics," released June 2,...

Chinese Authorities Must Release All June Fourth Prisoners

Nineteen years after the violent June 4, 1989 crackdown on students and other citizens peacefully calling for greater openness and democracy in China, an untold number of people remain in prison for "crimes" relating to their activism. As the Chinese authorities respond to the devastating Sichuan...

Chinese Authorities Abuse Licensing System to Harass Rights Defenders

Human Rights in China deplores the Chinese authorities' abuse of its lawyer registration system to harass lawyers who defend people's rights. Judicial authorities have refused to renew the licenses of two lawyers, including Teng Biao (滕彪), one of China's most active rights defense lawyers. With the...

“Tiananmen Mothers” Website Blocked in China

Human Rights in China strongly condemns the Chinese government’s block of the Tiananmen Mothers' website (tiananmenmother.org) within China just hours after its launch on May 28. If the authorities continue to cover up the truth of the events of 19 years ago, how can the international community...

HRIC Deplores Intimidation of Rights Activists Ahead of U.S.-China Talks on Human Rights

Human Rights in China condemns a recent crackdown on Beijing-based activists coinciding with the resumption of talks on human rights between the United States and China. Several human rights and democracy activists were put under heightened surveillance and their movements restricted before U.S....

“Tiananmen Mothers” Publish Maps Including Locations of June Fourth Victims' Deaths

Commemorating the 19th anniversary of the Chinese authorities' violent crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement, the Tiananmen Mothers are releasing maps marking the location of victims' deaths and the hospitals where the bodies of the dead were taken. "In the aftermath of the May 12 Sichuan...

Congratulations to the Tiananmen Mothers on the Establishment of their Website

As we commemorate the 19th anniversary of June Fourth, the Tiananmen Mothers website has been set up. With respect to the victims, this is an especially meaningful memorial. On this occasion, we would like to express our deep grief for those who were killed on June Fourth, as well as our great...

Wife of Jailed Activist Targeted and Harassed

Human Rights in China is deeply concerned by the Chinese authorities' continuing misuse of the law to persecute Yuan Weijing (袁伟静), the wife of jailed blind activist and barefoot lawyer Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚). Most recently, a Chinese court on May 14 upheld a decision by Beijing authorities to...

Chinese Authorities Raid Religious Gathering, Confiscate Bibles, Detain Church Members

Human Rights in China condemns last week's raid on Chengdu Qiuyu Blessings Church by Chengdu religious affairs authorities who declared the gathering to be illegal, seized Bibles and other religious materials and detained the church members. “The harassment of independent religious activities such...

Labor Activists Still Facing Harsh Treatment

As the world celebrates the May 1 Labor Day holiday, labor activist Yao Fuxin (姚福信) languishes in prison simply for leading workers in a peaceful demonstration, serving as a reminder of the Chinese government's refusal to respect internationally recognized workers' rights. "Chinese policy,...

Case Update: Intruders Threaten to Beat Lawyer Zheng Enchong

Human Rights in China has learned that unidentified men today burst into the Shanghai home of rights defense lawyer Zheng Enchong (郑恩宠), threatening to beat him if he continues to speak out about the situation in Tibet. Two people burst into Zheng’s apartment at 10 a.m., demanding to speak to the...

HRIC Condemns Official Interference in Access to Justice in Rights Defense Cases: Hu Jia, Guo Feixiong

Human Rights in China condemns the Chinese prison authorities' interference in the communication of imprisoned rights defenders, Hu Jia (胡佳) and Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄) (aka Yang Maodong 杨茂东), with their lawyers and families, undermining their access to justice. To ensure effective legal counsel and...

HRIC Condemns Growing Harassment against HIV/AIDS Petitioners

Human Rights in China denounces a wave of police attacks and harassment targeting people living with HIV/AIDS in China. In response to the detention on April 5 in Hebei of eleven individuals who petitioned the government for relief after contracting the HIV virus through blood transfusions, two...

HRIC Statement: HRIC Calls upon Chinese Authorities to Release Information on Tibetan TV Producer and Other Detained Individuals

Human Rights in China (HRIC) calls on the PRC authorities to immediately release information about Tibetan performer, writer, and television producer Jamyang Kyi. "With thousands of Tibetans detained or disappeared since the protests that began on March 10, Chinese officials must provide...

Writer Lü Gengsong's Sentence Upheld

Human Rights in China condemns the denial of Hangzhou-based writer Lü Gengsong's appeal of a four-year prison sentence handed down on the basis of essays he had posted online. "The denial of Lü Gengsong's appeal clearly confirms the hard line towards free expression maintained by the Chinese...

Chinese Authorities Target Lawyers Offering Legal Assistance to Tibetans

Human Rights in China is deeply concerned by reports of official threats against Chinese lawyers offering legal aid to Tibetan detainees. “These threats by the Chinese authorities politicize and undermine the independence of the legal profession and China’s goal of establishing a rule of law,” said...

HRIC Press Advisory: Chinese Lawyers Offer Legal Help to Detained Tibetans

Eighteen Chinese lawyers have made a public offer to provide legal help to Tibetans detained in connection with last month's protests in the Lhasa area and the subsequent violent crackdown on these protests by the Chinese security forces. Their offer of legal assistance, which appeared this week on...

HRIC Denounces Conviction of Prominent Activist Hu Jia

Human Rights in China condemns as deplorable today’s conviction by a Chinese court of long-time HIV/AIDS activist and rights defender Hu Jia (胡佳) on politicized charges of “inciting subversion of state power.”“Hu Jia's sham trial, and his conviction, confirms the Chinese government’s policy of...

Case Update: Health at Risk for Jailed Democracy Activist He Depu

Human Rights in China has learned that the health of He Depu (何德普) continues to deteriorate in Beijing No. 2 Prison, and urges the Chinese authorities to release him so the veteran dissident can obtain badly needed medical treatment. Sources in China informed Human Rights in China that He told his...

Ethnic Minorities Remain Marginalized, Tensions Rise

Ethnic minorities in the People's Republic of China continue to be marginalized and excluded, resulting in infringements on their rights to preserve their unique cultural identities and express their beliefs. Ethnic rights activists such as Hada (哈达), who has been actively promoting indigenous...

Five-Year Sentence of Olympics Critic Not Human Rights Progress

Human Rights in China condemns the sentencing of land rights defender and Olympics critic Yang Chunlin (杨春林) to five years’ imprisonment on March 24, 2008. The same day, the Olympic torch was lit in Greece, and IOC Chairman Jacques Rogge stated that "the Games have advanced the agenda of human...

Politicized Trial of Rights Defender Hu Jia Guts Freedom of Expression in China

The trial of long-time HIV/AIDS activist and rights defender Hu Jia (胡佳) took place on March 18 in Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court; the sentence has not yet been announced. The charge against Hu of "inciting subversion of state power" reportedly stems from his Internet articles on the...

Stop Crackdowns in Tibet, Start Dialogue

Human Rights in China expresses its deep concern about the increasingly tense situation in Tibet following protests since Monday. Despite ongoing crackdowns in Tibet, demonstrations continue to grow with the recent protests, reported as the largest since 1989. "It appears that Tibetans may be...

Drop Politically-Motivated Charges against Hu Jia

Human Rights in China condemns the indictment of long-time HIV/AIDS activist and rights defender Hu Jia (胡佳) on charges of “inciting subversion of state power.” “Hu’s indictment, following close on the heels of the abduction and questioning of human rights lawyer Teng Biao, and the attack on lawyer...

Violent Assaults on Rights Defense Lawyers Must Stop

According to Human Rights in China (HRIC) sources, Beijing-based rights defense lawyer Teng Biao (滕彪) was abducted on the night of March 6, 2008, and remains missing. HRIC sources state that on the night of his abduction, Teng Biao contacted his family around 8:25 pm, saying that he would soon be...

Families of Lü Gengsong and He Depu Appeal to National People's Congress

Sources in China have informed Human Rights in China (HRIC) that anti-corruption writer Lü Gengsong (吕耿松) and democracy activist He Depu (何德普) are suffering from deteriorating health and inadequate medical treatment in prison. Their families have issued open letters urging the authorities to take...

HRIC Press Advisory: Petitioners Face Ongoing Abuse

Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤) petitioned for redress of coercive and abusive implementation of China’s Family Planning Policy. Shuang Shuying (双淑英) petitioned for official intervention in cases of forced eviction. Ye Jinghuan (野靖环) petitioned for a government investigation into an investment scam that cost...

Chinese Authorities Should Respond to Calls for Dialogue by the Tiananmen Mothers

NEW YORK - At the request of Ding Zilin on behalf of the Tiananmen Mothers, Human Rights in China is releasing the attached open letter to the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), which are scheduled to meet in early March. Issued just...

Zheng Enchong Detained and Beaten Again

Human Rights in China has learned that Shanghai rights defense lawyer Zheng Enchong (郑恩宠) was detained again on February 20 after several days of harassment by police and unidentified thugs. Zheng was released in the evening, but while in detention he was beaten by an unidentified person. Sources...

Chinese Scholars and Activists Demand Equality for Migrant Workers in China

In an open letter dated February 15, 2008, Chinese scholars, reporters, democracy activists, writers, and lawyers inside and outside China appeal to the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Congress to establish equality for China's migrant workers. The letter...

Ching Cheong's Release Sends Mixed Message

The release of imprisoned journalist Ching Cheong (程翔) one day before the sentencing of writer Lü Gengsong (吕耿松) to four years in prison sends a mixed message: releasing one prisoner, while sentencing another. “In the context of recent official media statements on loosening Internet controls, Lü’s...

HRIC Condemns the Formal Arrest of Hu Jia

Human Rights in China (HRIC) condemns the formal arrest of rights defender Hu Jia (胡佳) on charges of “inciting subversion of state power.” Hu’s family was informed of his formal arrest on January 30. Police had reportedly told Hu's family that they were investigating him for articles he had posted...

With Six-Month Olympic Countdown Looming, HRIC Calls on China to Release Chen Guangcheng

Human Rights in China calls on the Chinese government to implement its promise to respect human rights during the Olympic Games by releasing barefoot Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng. “An independent bar, which is fundamental to the rule of law, must mean that lawyers can do their work without fear...

Case Update: Shanghai Petitioner Xu Zhengqing Released from Prison

Human Rights in China has learned that Shanghai petitioner and rights defender Xu Zhengqing was released from Shanghai’s Tilanqiao Prison on the morning of January 29 after completing a three-year sentence for “provoking an incident, thereby causing a serious disturbance.” Xu Zhengqing told Human...

Activist Issues Statement Urging International Attention to Ban of Human Rights Day in Guizhou

Human Rights in China has received a statement from Guizhou human rights defender Chen Xi calling for international attention and action in response to the Guizhou local authorities' ban on Human Rights Day activities in December 2007. As part of the ban authorities in Guizhou and other provinces...

Writer Lü Gengsong’s Trial Held Today

Human Rights in China has learned that Hangzhou-based writer Lü Gengsong was tried this morning on charges of “inciting subversion of state power.” Lü and his lawyers maintain his innocence; no verdict has yet been announced. Numerous activists attempted to attend the trial despite warnings not to...

Li Jinping Harassed and Detained ahead of Anniversary of Zhao Ziyang’s Death

Human Rights in China has learned that Beijing police have been using daily detentions to harass rights defender Li Jinping (李金平). These detentions began on January 2; Li is taken to a police substation each morning and kept under surveillance until 10 pm each night. The police officers allegedly...

Writer Lü Gengsong Indicted

Human Rights in China has learned that Hangzhou-based writer Lü Gengsong will stand trial on January 22, 2008, on charges of “inciting subversion of state power.” A Hangzhou Intermediate People’s Court judge reportedly called Lü Gengsong’s wife, Wang Xue’e, on the morning of January 11, telling...

Press Advisory: HRIC Launches 2008 Take Action Website and Calls on China to Release Shi Tao

Human Rights in China’s Incorporating Responsibility 2008 Take Action Campaign (http://www.ir2008.org) highlights individuals in detention and systemic human rights challenges. Each month, the Take Action Campaign will focus on a selected case, beginning in January with Shi Tao, and identify human...

HRIC Statement: HRIC Condemns Abuse and Torture of Chinese Legal Advisor

Human Rights in China (HRIC) strongly condemns the beating of Chinese rights defender and legal advisor Guo Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong) in prison. Reports of this beating are of particular concern in the lead-up to China’s review by the United Nations Committee Against Torture in November...

HRIC Statement: Protest the Detention of Hu Jia

Human Rights in China (HRIC) strongly condemns the detention of rights defender Hu Jia (胡佳) on December 27 and demands his immediate release. The Beijing police reportedly detained Hu Jia on suspicion of "(inciting) subversion of state power." In the lead-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the...

Beijing Police Harass Housing Activist Li Jinping

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Beijing police have harassed and intimidated rights defender Li Jinping (李金平). HRIC was told by the brother of Beijing housing activist Li Jinping that Beijing police intercepted Li on the morning of December 28, as he was on his way to check on fellow...

Case Update: Petitioner Gong Haoming Released Pending Investigation and Trial

Human Rights in China has learned from Shanghai petitioner Gong Haoming’s wife, Li Ping, that Gong has been released on the guarantee of Li Ping pending trial for one year. Gong, who helped to organize an open letter entitled, “We Want Human Rights, Not the Olympics” in May 2007, was reportedly...

Buddhist Monk Shengguan Prevented From Attending Human Rights Conference

Human Rights in China has learned from Master Shengguan, a Buddhist monk and former political activist also known as Xu Zhiqiang, that he was barred on December 9, from traveling to attend a “Human Rights Day” conference in Guizhou. Four state security personnel prevented Master Shengguan from...

Lü Gengsong’s Case Transferred to Procuratorate

Human Rights in China has learned that Lü Gengsong’s case has been transferred to the Hangzhou City Procuratorate for examination and decision on initiating a prosecution. Lü Gengsong’s wife, Wang Xue’e, went to the Xihu District police station in Hangzhou on November 29, 2007, to check on the...

Case Update: Shaanxi Dissident Zhao Changqing Released from Prison Following Completion of Sentence

Shaanxi Dissident Zhao Changqing, who was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and three years’ additional deprivation of political rights in August 2003, was released on November 27, 2007 upon completing his sentence. Zhao was convicted of “incitement to subvert state power” in relation to an...

Guo Feixiong’s Wife Issues Statement on the Decision Not to Appeal

Human Rights in China is issuing a statement made by Zhang Qing, wife of human rights defender and legal advisor Guo Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong), at her request. The statement discusses Guo’s reaction to his conviction and sentence and his subsequent decision not to appeal. It describes...

Joint Open Letter to French President Nicolas Sarkozy

On November 22, 2007, Human Rights in China (HRIC), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and the French League of Human Rights (LDH), issued an open letter to French President Nicolas Sarkozy in advance of his visit to China. Download English version [PDF]Download French PDF...

Rights Defender Guo Feixiong Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

November 14, 2007 (Hong Kong): Human Rights in China has learned that human rights defender and legal advisor Guo Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong) was convicted in Guangzhou at 8:30 am today of "illegal business activity" and sentenced to 5 years' imprisonment and fined 40,000 yuan. Human...

Human Rights in China Condemns Attack on Hu Jia

Human Rights in China condemns the November 9 attack on human rights activist Hu Jia (胡佳), reportedly involving state security officers from the Beijing Municipal Security Bureau. Hu Jia told Radio Free Asia that he was severely beaten and sustained injuries to his face and arms. According to Hu,...

Shanghai Petitioner Gong Haoming Detained Under Suspicion of Leaking State Secrets

Human Rights in China has learned from sources in China that Shanghai petitioner Gong Haoming was detained by the Huangpu Sub-bureau of Shanghai Public Security Bureau on November 8, reportedly on suspicion of leaking state secrets. Some time after 10p.m. on November 8, people claiming to be...

Detained Petitioners Finally Released After Close of Party Congress, Special Olympics

Human Rights in China has learned that housing rights petitioners Shen Yongmei and Zhou Minwen have finally been sent home after being illegally detained with the complicity of local police. In an apparent move to suppress petitioning activities, Shen and Zhou, along with thousands of other...

Mao Hengfeng Abused in Prison Again

Human Rights in China has learned that Shanghai petitioner and rights defender Mao Hengfeng was subject to another round of abuse at the Shanghai Women’s Prison and at a hospital she was taken to earlier this month. Authorities prevented her husband, Wu Xuwei, from visiting her in prison until...

Chen Guangcheng's Wife Prevented from Seeing Dentist Again

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from sources in China that Yuan Weijing, the wife of blind self-taught lawyer Chen Guangcheng, remains under close surveillance from local authorities. On October 29, Yuan was again prevented from leaving town to see a dentist. At 9am on October 29, Yuan...

Police Ordered Zheng Enchong Not to Leave Home as Tycoon Zhou's Case Opens

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from sources in China that police ordered Shanghai rights defense lawyer Zheng Enchong not to leave home tomorrow when Shanghai tycoon Zhou Zhengyi’s case opens on October 23, 2007. Domestic sources tell HRIC that the case of Shanghai tycoon, Zhou Zhengyi,...

Zheng Enchong Unable to Pay Last Respects to Dying Mother

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from sources in China that Shanghai rights defense lawyer Zheng Enchong was not able to pay his last respects to his mother as her conditions deteriorated in the hospital because the police had disconnected his phone line. Zheng’s mother was hospitalized on...

HRIC Condemns Attack on Hua Huiqi in Lead Up to 17th Party Congress

Human Rights in China (HRIC) condemns the October 11 attack on religious and housing rights activist Hua Huiqi (华惠棋), reportedly involving police and private security guards. HRIC calls for an immediate, independent, and transparent investigation into the incident, and urges that those responsible...

Chinese Government Must Listen to Voices of the People

On October 8, 2007, a group of lawyers, intellectuals, rights defense activists, and others released an open letter to the State Council, Supreme People’s Procuratorate, Ministry of Public Security, and Ministry of State Security, protesting the violent attack on and abduction of Beijing lawyer Li...

Rule of Law Threatened by Extra-Legal Attacks Against Lawyer

Human Rights in China (HRIC) condemns the violent attacks against Beijing-based rights defense lawyer, Li Heping, the weekend before National Day celebrations in China. Li’s public statement describes his abduction, beating and torture with electric rods by a group of unidentified men on September...

He Depu Threatened with Deprivation of Family Visits Over Disclosure of Prison Conditions

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that prison authorities have threatened to deprive dissident He Depu of family visits after his wife, Jia Jianying, revealed that He had been denied outdoor exercise for nearly half a year. Sources in China told HRIC that after Jia Jianying visited He Depu...

Anti-Corruption People's Congress Candidate Abducted and Harassed

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that an outspoken delegate to a local People’s Congress in Xi'an has been subjected to serious abuse and harassment, including being abducted by local officials, threatened, and beaten. Sources in China told HRIC that Zhang Zongai, a former lecturer at Xi'...

Mao Hengfeng Protests Abusive Confinement

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai rights defender Mao Hengfeng continues to protest her detention at the Shanghai Women's Prison. After being subjected to 70 days of solitary confinement in prison despite Chinese regulations stipulating the maximum of 15 days, Mao has refused...

HRIC Says Release of Journalist Zhao Yan is Three Years Too Late

Concerning the release of New York Times journalist Zhao Yan on the completion of his three-year prison sentence, Human Rights in China (HRIC) regrets that he was not released three years earlier. Zhao Yan should have been released in September 2005, after the United Nations Working Group on...

Wife Appeals for Guo Feixiong’s Release

On the one-year anniversary of the detention of rights defender Guo Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong), Human Rights in China (HRIC) has been sent an essay by his wife, Zhang Qing, entitled “In Commemoration of the First Anniversary of My Husband Guo Feixiong’s Detention: Urging for His...

Elderly Activist Denied Medical Parole

Beijing-based religious activist Hua Huiqi told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that his imprisoned 77-year-old mother, Shuang Shuying, has been denied medical parole. Shuang suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes. Detained in February this year, Shuang has served nearly eight months of her...

Villagers Beaten, Seedlings Destroyed in Liaoning Land Grab

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned of serious harassment, threats and brutal assaults over the past month against villagers in Liaoning Province who are protesting attempts by local officials to forcibly seize farmland for industrial development. Sources in China told HRIC that township and...

Officials Attempt to Interfere in Care of Gravely Ill Child of Protesters

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received reports that officials have been trying to interfere in the medical treatment of a gravely ill six-year old girl whose parents have publicly accused their local government of causing her health problems by administering a defective vaccine. HRIC urges the...

HRIC Protests Detention of Writer Lü Gengsong

Human Rights in China (HRIC) protests the detention of Hangzhou-based writer Lü Gengsong, and supports calls for his release. Lü was reportedly taken into custody on August 24 on charges of "incitement to subvert state power" and "illegally possessing state secrets." Lü’s detention has raised...

Homeless Petitioner Brings Unlawful Eviction to German Chancellor’s Attention

Shanghai resident Chen Enjuan has asked Human Rights in China (HRIC) to transmit an open letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealing for assistance after the seizure of Chen’s home by Shanghai Krupp Stainless Co. Ltd., a Sino-German joint venture. Chancellor Merkel will visit China this...

Call for Information on Uyghur Writer’s Safety

Human Rights in China (HRIC) calls on the Chinese government to provide confirmation of the safety and present condition of imprisoned Uyghur writer Nurmuhemmet Yasin. HRIC has received unconfirmed reports that Yasin has been tortured to death in prison, and attempts by exiled Uyghur groups to...

Persecution of Zheng Enchong Must Stop: HRIC

The recent denial of an application by rights defense lawyer Zheng Enchong and his wife Jiang Meili for passports and travel permits to visit Hong Kong is a continuation of the harassment that Zheng and his family have experienced since Zheng's release from prison in 2006. "Zheng Enchong is no...

Activist's Mother "Held Hostage" for Information

Chinese Christian activist Hua Huiqi told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that his 78-year-old mother is being held a virtual hostage in an effort to pressure him into becoming a police informant. Hua says that when he refused to provide information, police threatened that he would never see his...

Time for Beijing to show its commitment to an open, People's Olympics

The detention of a Tibetan activist raises serious concerns about China's promise of a free and open Olympics, Human Rights in China (HRIC) said today. If you have a different opinion, you are welcome to voice it. — Wang Wei, executive vice president of BOCOG, in 2001 The executive director of...

Du Yangming Deprived of Family Visits After Refusing Prison Uniform

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the Shanghai petitioner Du Yangming has been denied family visitation rights for refusing to admit guilt and wear a prison uniform. Du Yangming was arrested prior to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Shanghai in June 2006, and on...

Further Investigation Delays Guo Feixiong Verdict

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that delivery of the verdict in the trial of Guangdong-based rights defender Guo Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong) has been delayed for further investigation. Guo went to trial at Guangzhou's Tianhe District Court on July 9, 2007, on charges of "running...

Zheng Enchong Battered by Police while Seeking to Attend Zhou Zhengyi’s Trial

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai rights defense lawyer Zheng Enchong and a group of displaced residents of Shanghai’s Dongbakuai neighborhood were prevented from applying for permission to attend the upcoming trial of Shanghai property tycoon Zhou Zhengyi (known in Hong Kong...

Zheng Enchong and 100 Displaced Residents Demand Public Trial for Zhou Zhengyi

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that more than 100 displaced Shanghai residents, along with rights defense lawyer Zheng Enchong, have signed a petition demanding a public trial for Shanghai property tycoon Zhou Zhengyi (known in Hong Kong as Chau Ching-ngai), and for an opportunity for...

Petitioner Chen Xiaoming Dies under Belated Medical Parole

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai petitioner Chen Xiaoming died on July 1, shortly after being released on medical parole. Numerous earlier requests by Chen’s family for medical parole had been refused. As previously reported by HRIC, Chen was one of more than a dozen...

Anhui Business Owner Harassed for Defending Property Rights

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a report from a small manufacturer, Su Wenju, alleging that a government-run real estate development project led to the demolition of the factory she was leasing in Jixi County, Anhui Province, interfering in her private property rights and resulting in a...

Elderly Activist Ill in Prison, Denied Family Visits

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shuang Shuying, the elderly mother of house church activist Hua Huiqi, has been denied family visits in prison despite serious health problems. Hua Huiqi was sentenced to six months in prison on June 4, 2007, and has also been denied family contact....

New HRIC Report Details State Secrets System

China's states secrets system is dangerous to the health of people not only in China but also worldwide, and undermines healthy governance and rule of law. By sweeping a broad range of information under the umbrella of "state secrets," the system withholds the very information that civil society...

Guo Feixiong Appeals to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a letter from Zhang Qing, the wife of Guo Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong) detailing Guo's torture in detention and asking HRIC to forward the letter to Manfred Nowak, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. In her letter, Zhang calls on the Special...

HRIC Supports Campaign to Free Golden Pen of Freedom Recipient Shi Tao

Human Rights in China (HRIC) congratulates imprisoned Chinese journalist Shi Tao and his family on his receiving the 2007 Golden Pen of Freedom on June 4 at the opening ceremony of the World Newspaper Congress (WNC) and World Editors Forum (WEF). These annual meetings of the international press,...

Tiananmen Mothers Roundtable Calls for Official Accountability

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a full transcript of a roundtable held by Ding Zilin and more than 20 other members of the Tiananmen Mothers to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the violent crackdown on unarmed protesters in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. During...

Rights Defender Guo Feixiong’s Trial Date Set

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from sources in China that rights defender Guo Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong) will go on trial on June 15 in Guangzhou's Tianhe District Court. Since being taken into formal detention, he has told his lawyer that he has been subjected to severe...

Rights Defender Guo Feixiong Maintains Innocence, Is Formally Indicted

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from sources in China that despite the serious pressure that rights defender Guo Feixiong's family has received, Guo has refused to admit guilt with respect to charges of "illegal business activity." Today, the last day the indictment could be issued within...

International Award for Petitioners Intercepted

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the certificates for an international housing award presented to several Chinese activists have been intercepted en route to several recipients. In December 2006, the Geneva-based Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) presented its 2006 Housing...

HRIC/MRG Joint Press Release: China's Development Strategy Fails to Benefit Critical Ethnic Minorities and Masks Repression

China's massive economic development strategy, touted to benefit rural ethnic groups in its western regions, in practice excludes, marginalizes, and masks the increased repression of ethnic minority groups such as Mongols, Tibetans, and Uyghurs, according to a new report by Minority Rights Group...

HRIC Statement: HRIC Condemns Rights Violations and Harsh Sentence in Ablikim Abdureyim’s Case

Human Rights in China (HRIC) condemns the harsh sentencing of Ablikim Abdureyim, the son of prominent Uyghur human rights defender Rebiya Kadeer. Charged with "instigating and engaging in secessionist activities," he was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment and three years' deprivation of...

Mao Hengfeng held in abusive conditions, appeal denied

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai petitioner Mao Hengfeng was denied her appeal for the two-and-a-half year sentence for "intentionally destroying property," following a ten-minute session at which only her judgment was read. Neither Mao nor her lawyer were permitted to...

Shanghai Petitioners Detained following Protests

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that over 200 petitioners in Shanghai were detained for one day after protesting the content of an official article reporting the success of the petitioning system. Several petitioners remain in detention following further protests of their treatment. At...

Guo Feixiong Transferred Again Pending Trial

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that rights defender Guo Feixiong, in custody for nearly 200 days, has been transferred back to Guangzhou after being sent to Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, in January 2007. Guo Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong), who provided legal advice in a number...

Sun Xiaodi Harassed, Faces Financial Hardship

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that rights activist Sun Xiaodi has gone to Beijing for treatment of a life-threatening tumor, while he and his family continue to be seriously harassed and face financial hardship. Sun Xiaodi has spent more than a decade petitioning the central authorities...

Yao Fuxin's Wife Appeals to National People's Congress, Supreme People's Court

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Guo Sujing, the wife of imprisoned labor activist Yao Fuxin, has appealed to the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Supreme People's Court to reexamine her request for Yao's medical parole. Another petition signed by more than 900 workers has also...

Fu Xiancai Appeals to National People's Congress

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Three Gorges activist Fu Xiancai has appealed to the National People's Congress (NPC) to intervene in his assault case. The Fifth Session of the Tenth NPC opened on March 5, while the Fifth Session of the Tenth National Committee of the Chinese People'...

Tiananmen Mothers Call for End to Censorship over June 4th Crackdown

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received an open letter from Ding Zilin and other members of the Tiananmen Mothers calling on the Chinese National People's Congress (NPC) and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) to remove the June 4th incident from the "off limits zone" of...

Petitioner Xu Zhengqing Beaten in Prison

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai petitioner Xu Zhengqing has been beaten in prison and subjected to generally abusive conditions. Sentenced in October 2005 to three years in prison on charges of "disrupting public order," Xu was initially held in Shanghai's Putuo District...

Trial Delay in Yan Zhengxue's Subversion Case

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the trial of rights defenderYan Zhengxue on subversion charges has been delayed indefinitely. Yan Zhengxue, a Zhejiang-based artist, was originally scheduled for trial on February 14 on charges of "subverting state power." However, on February 12, Yan'...

Petitioners Expose Abusive Conditions in Shandong "Education" Facility

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that officials in Yantai City, Shandong Province have been carrying out a harsh crackdown against petitioners. Former detainees of a local petitioner education center have told HRIC of verbal, physical and mental abuse and coercive psychiatric treatment,...

Guo Feixiong’s Case Delayed, Transferred

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the Guangzhou Procuratorate has sent back the case against rights defender Guo Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong) for a new round of investigation due to insufficient evidence. In addition, Guo has been transferred to a detention center in Liaoning...

Mao Hengfeng Sentenced to 2-1/2 Years for Breaking Lamps

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai petitioner Mao Hengfeng has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison on a charge of "intentionally destroying property."Mao, who has petitioned the authorities since 1988 on family planning and housing issues, has been detained many...

Guo Feixiong Tortured, Sister and Brother Harassed

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the brother and sister of rights defender Guo Feixiong have been harassed by local officials, while Guo himself has been subjected to torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in detention. According to news reports and HRIC's own sources in...

Case Update: Case Moves Ahead Against Rights Defender Guo Feixiong

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the case of "illegal business activity" against rights defender Guo Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong) has been referred to the Guangzhou Procuratorate after a second investigation. Guo Feixiong, who provided legal advice in a number of controversial...

Environmental Activist Sun Xiaodi Faces Stepped-up Harassment after International Award

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Gansu-based activist Sun Xiaodi is facing serious harassment by local officials and unknown persons, and has been unable to obtain official permission to seek medical treatment in Beijing for a potentially life-threatening health condition.Sun Xiaodi...

HRIC Statement on Gao Zhisheng's Sentence

The suspended sentence handed down today against rights defense lawyer Gao Zhisheng comes at the end of more than four months of detention, periods of effective house arrest since early this year, and physical abuse and harassment of Gao and his family. It is also the culmination of a deeply...

Shanghai Petitioners Imprisoned

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that three Shanghai petitioners have been sentenced to prison terms after being detained around the time of the meeting of the intergovernmental Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in June. The three petitioners, Du Yangming, Wang Shuizhen and Tian...

Fu Xiancai Petitions Procurator-general over Official Inaction on Assault Case

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Three Gorges activist Fu Xiancai has sent an open letter to China's Procurator-general, Jia Chunwang, requesting his intervention into Fu's assault case. An outspoken advocate for villagers of Zigui County, Hubei Province, displaced for the Three...

HRIC Concerned Over Gao Zhisheng's Guilty Plea

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is extremely concerned about reports from China that rights defense lawyer Gao Zhisheng has pleaded guilty to charges of "inciting subversion." Gao went to trial on December 12 at the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Court. In light of the lack of transparency throughout the...

Guangxi Pollution Protesters Go on Trial

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that five people accused of organizing a protest against the construction of a manganese electrolyte plant in Guangxi Province will go on trial on December 5. Sources in China told HRIC that Huang Jin, the chairman of Daxin County’s Leishe District, was...

Sun Xiaodi Receives International Nuclear Activism Award

Gansu-based activist Sun Xiaodi, who has spent more than a decade petitioning the central authorities over radioactive contamination from the No. 792 Uranium Mine in the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province, was presented yesterday with the Nuclear-Free Future Award, described as...

HRIC Protests Denial of Appeal for Journalist Zhao Yan

Human Rights in China (HRIC) deplores the Beijing Higher Court's denial today of an appeal for New York Times journalist Zhao Yan. According to his lawyer Guan Anping, at the five-minute hearing, Zhao Yan was not allowed to testify, present evidence or call witnesses. Zhao was detained in...

Witnesses Prevented from Appearing at Chen Guangcheng Retrial

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that serious interference by local authorities has resulted in several witnesses failing to appear at the retrial of blind activist Chen Guangcheng. Chen Guangcheng, 35 and blind since childhood, is a self-taught lawyer and activist in Shandong Province who...

HRIC Welcomes Human Rights Exhibition in China

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the announcement of a Human Rights Exhibition to be held in Beijing. This is a step forward for the Chinese government, signaling its acceptance of the importance and relevance of human rights for China. While Dong Yunhu, vice chairman of the China Society for...

Guizhou Mine Operator Forced to Cede Control to Local Officials

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned of the case of a mine operator forced to surrender control of his mine after he refused to issue shares to local Party and Mines Bureau officials. The case illustrates the kind of rampant official corruption and abuse of power that contributes to China's...

Three Shanghai Petitioners go to Trial, Others Abused in Detention

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that three petitioners, Du Yangming, Wang Shuizhen and Tian Baocheng, are scheduled to appear in Shanghai’s Zhabei District People’s Court on November 8 and 9 on charges of “causing a disturbance.” All three were detained and charged in connection with their...

Internet Essayist Li Jianping Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shandong-based dissident Li Jianping has been sentenced to two years in prison, more than half a year after he went to trial and more than 500 days after he was first detained. On October 25, the Zibo City Intermediate People's Court found Li guilty of...

Coercive Psychiatric Treatment for Supporter of Activist Monk

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that a female supporter of activist Buddhist monk Master Shengguan has been detained and forcibly admitted to a hospital for psychiatric treatment. The woman, surnamed Zou, reportedly assisted Master Shengguan in reforming the administrative system of the...

Shanghai Update: House Arrest of Zheng Enchong, Mass Detention of Petitioners for Party Congress

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai lawyer Zheng Enchong, released from prison in June, was prevented from attending a church service as part of ongoing restrictions on his personal liberty. In addition, HRIC has learned of a mass roundup of petitioners in Shanghai around the...

HRIC Statement: HRIC Supports Calls for Action on Tibet Shooting

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is appalled at the shooting of Tibetans crossing the Nangpa Pass from Tibet to Nepal on September 30, 2006. At least one individual, a young nun, was killed, and several others injured. People's Republic of China (PRC) border police are believed to be responsible. The...

HRIC Welcomes New Co-Chairs Andrew Nathan and Christine Loh

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is pleased to announce the election of Professor Andrew Nathan and Ms. Christine Loh as the organization’s new co-chairs. Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and a former chairman of its Political Science Department...

Wife of Rights Activist Chen Guangcheng Forcibly Brought in for Questioning on the Way to Her Parents’ Home for Mid-Autumn Festival

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Yuan Weijing, the wife of blind activist Chen Guangcheng, was stopped and detained by police in Linyi City, Shandong Province, on October 3 where she and her daughter were in transit on the way to her parents’ home for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Sources...

Laid-off Sichuan Workers Beaten and Detained Following Petition Attempt

Amidst press reports of a crackdown against petitioners in Beijing in the run-up to China’s October 1 National Day celebrations, Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned of the beating and detention of petitioning unemployed workers in Suining City, Sichuan Province. Sources in China told HRIC that...

German Intervention Puts Fu Xiancai in Top Hospital – But Villagers Harassed over Investigation

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that intervention by the German media has resulted in injured Three Gorges activist Fu Xiancai gaining admittance to one of China’s best rehabilitation hospitals. Meanwhile, local officials are harassing Fu’s friends and family members to prevent further...

Shanghai Petitioners Appeal to Central Discipline Inspection Committee over Renewed Crackdown

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned of a renewed crackdown on petitioners in Shanghai following the arrival of the Central Discipline Inspection Committee for an inspection visit in mid-August. Sources in China told HRIC that a group of petitioners went to the hostel in Shaanxi South Road...

HRIC Statement: China’s Foreign News Rules Spell Trouble for an Open Olympics

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is alarmed by the Measures for Administering the Release of News and Information in China by Foreign News Agencies (Measures) issued on September 10, 2006 by China’s official Xinhua News Agency. These far-reaching new measures, effective immediately, replace previous...

HRIC Welcomes UN Recommendations on Women's Rights in China

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the comprehensive and constructive recommendations issued by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (the Committee) following its review of the People's Republic of China (PRC) government's combined fifth and sixth periodic reports...

Ching Cheong Sentence “Deeply Troubling”

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is deeply troubled by the sentence imposed on Ching Cheong today. “In light of China’s clear record of politicized prosecutions, and lack of judicial independence and transparency, HRIC has serious concerns about the fairness of the whole proceedings," said Sharon Hom...

Shanghai Residents File Formal Complaint Suggesting Official Collusion in Zhou Zhengyi Fraud

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that a group of Shanghai residents displaced in a redevelopment project controlled by Shanghai tycoon Zhou Zhengyi filed a formal complaint with the Supreme People’s Procuratorate on August 25, alleging that well-connected local officials are implicated in...

Top Buddhist Officials Join in Persecution of Activist Monk

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Master Shengguan, a Buddhist monk and former political activist also known as Xu Zhiqiang, has been ordered to leave Jiangxi Province after local authorities in Yichun City expelled him from the temple he administered on August 19. In addition, police...

Buddhist Temple Target of Corrupt Official Persecution

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that local authorities in Yichun, Jiangxi Province have mounted a campaign of intimidation and persecution against a Buddhist temple administered by a 1989 democracy activist. The harassment follows allegations of corruption made by some of the temple...

Internet Essayist Li Jianping Languishes in Prison as Verdict is Delayed

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that no verdict has yet been announced in the trial of Shandong-based dissident Li Jianping nearly four months after his trial. Li was tried on April 12 on charges of “incitement to subvert state power” on the basis of articles he wrote that were posted on...

Officials Conclude Self-Inflicted Injury in Fu Xiancai Case

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the official Chinese investigation into the assault of Three Gorges petitioner Fu Xiancai has concluded that his injuries were self-inflicted. Fu was paralyzed from the shoulders down after a blow to the back of his neck so severe that three of his...

Fu Xiancai’s Family and Friends Harassed by Police “Minders”

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that authorities in Zigui County, Hubei Province are keeping friends and family members of injured Three Gorges activist Fu Xiancai under close surveillance that is tantamount to harassment. Sources in China told HRIC that Fu Xiancai has recovered movement...

Zheng Enchong Detained Again

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai lawyer Zheng Enchong and his wife, Jiang Meili, were taken from their home separately by police on the evening of July 12. Sources say that though Jiang Meili has since returned home, Zheng remains in custody. Zheng Enchong was released from...

Imprisoned Petitioner Xu Zhengqing Denied Family Visits

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that petitioner Xu Zhengqing, sentenced to three years in prison in October 2005, has been denied his right to family visits because he refuses to acknowledge wrongdoing or wear a prison uniform. Xu Zhengqing is a longtime petitioner who has been subjected...

Shanghai Lawyer Zheng Enchong Under De Facto House Arrest

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that lawyer Zheng Enchong, released earlier this month after serving a three-year prison term for “revealing state secrets,” has been put under de facto house arrest and subjected to other restrictions on his personal freedom. Sources in China told HRIC...

Fu Xiancai Gradually Recovering, But Fairness of Attack Investigation in Doubt

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Three Gorges resettlement petitioner Fu Xiancai is gradually recovering his health and limited movement since his surgery to mend vertebrae crushed in an assault on June 8. However, there are serious doubts regarding the fairness of the official...

Petitioner Liu Xinjuan Forcibly Admitted to Mental Hospital for the Fifth Time

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai petitioner Liu Xinjuan has been forcibly admitted to a mental hospital for the fifth time in three years following her latest attempt to petition the government in Beijing over forced evictions for urban redevelopment. Sources in China told...

Hangzhou Environmentalist Tan Kai’s Trial Granted Continuance

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the trial of environmental activist Tan Kai has been granted a continuance. Tan Kai, a leader of the environmental group "Green Watch," went to trial at Hangzhou's Xihu District Court on May 15 on charges of illegally obtaining state secrets. The...

Chinese Authorities Urged to Provide Financial Assistance to Fu Xiancai

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the news that the German government has provided funding for necessary surgery for Three Gorges activist Fu Xiancai. Fu underwent surgery on June 18 for injuries he received in an attack on June 8 that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. However,...

HRIC Calls for International Action as Fu Xiancai Denied Vital Surgery

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Three Gorges activist Fu Xiancai, who is currently paralyzed from the shoulders down, has not received urgent and essential surgery, apparently due to lack of funds. This delay comes despite promises from Chinese officials that Fu would receive all...

Open Letter to the Administrator of the German district of Ludwigsburg

Landrat Dr. Rainer Haas Stadverwaltung Ludwigsburg Hindenburgstrasse 40 71638 Ludwigsburg, Germany Fax: (49) 7141-144-396 Email: mail@landkreis-ludwigsburg.de June 15, 2006 Dear Dr. Hass, As an international Chinese NGO, Human Rights in China writes to respectfully request your urgent attention...

Open letter to Luo Qingquan, Governor of Hubei Province

Mr. Luo Qingquan Governor, Hubei Provincial People's Government Wuhanshi Hubei Sheng, P.R.C. Sent via the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America Fax: 1-202-328-2582 June 15, 2006 Dear Governor Luo, As an international Chinese NGO, Human Rights in China writes...

Open letter to Liu Xianzhe, Director of the Yichang No. 1 Hospital

Liu Xianzhe Director, Yichang No. 1 Hospital 4 Hudi Street, Yichang City, Hubei Province 44300 P.R.C. Fax: (86) 717-622-1636 Email: web@ycyy.com.cn June 15, 2006 Dear Director Liu, As an international Chinese NGO, Human Rights in China writes to respectfully request your urgent attention to the...

HRIC Calls for Zhao Yan's Immediate Release

With the trial of journalist and New York Times researcher Zhao Yan scheduled to begin on June 16, Human Rights in China (HRIC) calls for his immediate release. Zhao has been held in arbitrary detention without trial since September 17, 2004, in blatant violation of Chinese and international law....

HRIC Welcomes German Intervention in Case of Three Gorges Activist

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes intervention into the case of Three Gorges resettlement activist Fu Xiancai by the German government and media. Fu Xiancai was attacked by unknown persons on June 8 after local police questioned him over an interview with Fu broadcasted by German public...

Three Gorges Activist Faces Paralysis after Brutal Assault

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Three Gorges resettlement activist Fu Xiancai is being treated for serious injuries following an assault by an unknown assailant. Sources in China told HRIC that on the morning of June 8, Wang Xiankui, leader of the security squad of the Public...

Zheng Enchong Released Amidst Crackdown on Petitioners

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that jailed lawyer Zheng Enchong was allowed to return directly home following his release on completion of his sentence. However, a number of other Shanghai residents were rounded up for detention and surveillance in the lead up to his release and the...

HRIC Launches Podcast Interviews for June 4th Anniversary

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has launched a podcast series of interviews with participants of the 1989 Tiananmen Square movement. The podcasts, which can be downloaded as audio files from HRIC's Web site, include oral histories of the June 4th Tiananmen Square crackdown never previously made...

Special Procedures Imposed on Zheng Enchong's Release from Prison

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai authorities have imposed special procedures that will delay the return home of jailed lawyer Zheng Enchong. Zheng is scheduled for release on June 5 after serving a three-year prison term on charges of illegally providing state secrets...

Tiananmen Mothers Renew Calls for Justice for June 4th Crackdown

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received an open statement from the Tiananmen Mothers on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the official crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square on June 4th, 1989, setting forth their current position as a rights defenders group, and renewing...

Crackdown on activists leading up to June 4th

HRIC has learned Shanghai authorities have initiated a crackdown on activists leading up to the 17th anniversary of the June 4th crackdown. Shanghai petitioner Mao Hengfeng has again been detained and the father of dissident Xu Zhengqing was summoned by the police after posting an open letter to...

HRIC: UN Secretary General’s China Visit Needs Real Human Rights Focus

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan will make his seventh official visit to China this week, during which he will meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan and other top officials. The visit closely follows China’s election to the new Human...

Break-in at Home of Jailed Lawyer Zheng Enchong

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the Shanghai home of imprisoned lawyer Zheng Enchong was broken into by two unidentified men on May 16 while Zheng’s wife, Jiang Meili, was on her way to visit him in prison. Zheng Enchong represented more than 500 cases of residents evicted in urban...

Trial Date Set for Hangzhou Environmentalist

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that detained environmental activist Tan Kai will go to trial at Hangzhou’s Xihu District Court on May 15 on charges of “illegally obtaining state secrets.” The Hangzhou Public Security Bureau issued summonses to Tan and five other members of an...

China’s Election to the Human Rights Council: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

In the General Assembly elections for the 47-member Human Rights Council today that replaces the Commission on Human Rights, the People’s Republic of China was voted in with 146 out of a possible 191 votes, coming in eighth in the Asian Region. China’s election presents a unique and important...

Concern over Fate of Petitioner Chen Xiaoming, Missing for Three Months

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the whereabouts of Shanghai petitioner Chen Xiaoming remain unknown following his secret detention in February. Sources close to Chen worry that his disappearance is related to his contacts with a U.S. consular official. Sources say Chen was detained...

Yahoo! Cited in Decision Sentencing Internet Dissident Wang Xiaoning to 10 Years

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that dissident Wang Xiaoning was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the basis of essays he distributed through the Internet. Wang was sentenced more than two years ago, but his case has only recently come to light. Wang Xiaoning, born in 1951, was detained...

Villagers Threatened in Forced Land Expropriation

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received reports that officials have colluded with developers in Jinjiang City, Fujian Province to forcibly repossess prime farm land and a gravesite for the construction of a power station. Sources in China told HRIC that the controversy began this past February,...

HRIC Press Conference on April 21, 2006

HRIC will convene a press conference at 11 a.m. on April 21, 2006, at the New York office of Human Rights in China. Coming at the end of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s trip to the U.S., HRIC will provide a preliminary assessment of the trip with a focus on the human rights implications. The press...

HRIC Launches “Where’s Hu Now?” Web Site

Human Rights in China (HRIC) will mark Chinese President Hu Jintao’s first “official” visit to the U.S. by launching a special “Where’s Hu Now?” Web site on April 18, 2006, 10 a.m. EDT. Hu’s visit comes at a time when China is experiencing serious human rights challenges, including the arbitrary...

Open Letter: Submitted to President Bush in advance of meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao

On April 12, 2006, HRIC submitted an open letter and a list of urgent detention cases in China to U.S. President Bush in advance of his meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao. HRIC urges President Bush to raise issues of particular human rights concerns, especially the increasing economic...

Dissident Lu Decheng free; others remain in asylum limbo

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the discharge of dissident Lu Decheng from the custody of Thai authorities and his arrival in Canada, where he has been offered political asylum. His release comes after months of pressure from the international community protesting the possibility of his...

Urgent Detention Cases Submitted to President Bush

HRIC submitted the following list of urgent detention cases in China with an open letter to U.S. President Bush in advance of his meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao in April 2006. Li Zhi, Internet essayist Li Zhi (b. 1970), a graduate of the Xinan Institute of Finance and an Internet...

Dissident Zhao Changqing Back in Solitary Confinement

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that imprisoned dissident Zhao Changqing has again been placed in solitary confinement after refusing to participate in military drills in prison. HRIC previously reported that last December Zhao had been placed in solitary confinement for more than 40 days...

Environmental Activist Sun Xiaodi Detained Again

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Sun Xiaodi, detained for eight months last year after he attempted to petition the central government over uranium contamination in Gansu Province, has been detained again after petitioning Beijing on the issue. Sun Xiaodi, formerly an employee of the...

Dissident’s Family in Financial Crisis Following Unexplained Detention

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the family of Beijing-based dissident Qi Zhiyong has been targeted financially and its survival threatened after Qin's release from arbitrary detention on March 28. A worker during the protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989, Qi was shot when troops...

Mao Hengfeng Abused in Detention; Petitioner Parents Appeal to Xinhua News Agency

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that veteran Shanghai petitioner Mao Hengfeng was subjected to physical and mental abuse while detained for more than a month for her participation in a hunger strike. Mao took part in the nationwide hunger strike in support of lawyer Gao Zhisheng and other...

Rural Land Activists Detained after Petitioning over Corruption

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that two rural land rights activists have been detained for more than a month in apparent retaliation for their efforts against local corruption and unlawful land seizures. Liu Hua was formerly village head of Zhangliangbao Village, Honglingbao Township, in...

Dissident Ren Ziyuan Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shandong-based dissident Ren Ziyuan was sentenced to 10 years in prison for “subversion of state power” on the basis of an article posted on the Internet. The verdict and sentence were delivered on the morning of March 17, Beijing time. Background of...

Tiananmen Veteran Li Jianping Indicted for Internet Articles

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shandong-based dissident Li Jianping has been formally indicted on charges of “incitement to subvert state power.” Li Jianping, 40, participated in the 1989 Democracy Movement as a founder of the Independent Federation of Shanghai Universities. In...

Imprisoned Labor Leader’s Wife and Daughter Petition Beijing

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the wife of and daughter of imprisoned labor activist Yao Fuxin have gone to Beijing to petition delegates of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on during their annual sessions. Yao...

Tiananmen Mothers Call for Release of Donated Funds

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received an open letter from the Tiananmen Mothers calling on the Chinese authorities to release humanitarian donations that have been frozen in an account for eight years. The Tiananmen Mothers, a group of 126 family members of those killed or injured during the...

Roundup of Shanghai Rights Activists on Eve of NPC Session

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai authorities have been rounding up petitioners and other dissenters in an apparent move to impose order on major urban areas on the eve of the new sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People’s Political Consultative...

Journalist Li Yuanlong Indicted for Subversion

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that journalist Li Yuanlong has been formally indicted on charges of “incitement to subvert state power.” Sources in China told HRIC that Li, formerly a reporter with Bijie Daily in Guizhou Province, was originally detained on September 9, 2005, and was...

Hunger Strike Detentions Continue in Shanghai

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned of a further string of detentions in Shanghai apparently related to participation in lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s hunger strike against official repression and violence. Gao Zhisheng’s hunger strike, begun earlier this month, has apparently raised increasing alarm...

Shanghai Petitioner Fu Yuxia Detained

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that public security police detained Shanghai petitioner Fu Yuxia on the afternoon of February 15. Sources in China told HRIC that Fu Yuxia was at the home of her brother, Fu Honghui, when a dozen police officers from Shanghai’s Luwan District Public...

Dissident Zhao Changqing Abused in Prison

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that veteran dissident Zhao Changqing has been repeatedly subjected to abusive treatment in prison, including solitary confinement, most recently because he objected to singing the political anthem, "Socialism is Good." Sources in China told HRIC that Zhao...

House Church Leader's Sentence Wrongfully Prolonged

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the health of house church leader Liu Fenggang is deteriorating in prison due to lack of treatment for his heart condition. In addition, it appears that another imprisoned house church leader, Xu Yonghai, has been held well beyond his proper release...

Woman and Teenager Forcibly Detained in World’s Fair Clearance

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that a woman and her 14-year-old son were forcibly removed from their home and detained for several hours in the course of a large-scale clearance operation for Shanghai’s hosting of the World’s Fair in 2010. Sources in China told HRIC that on the morning...

Petitioner Liu Xinjuan Sent to Psychiatric Hospital, Petitioner Xu Zhengqing Loses Appeal on 3-Year Sentence

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai petitioner Liu Xinjuan has been forcibly admitted to a psychiatric hospital after being detained in a roundup of petitioners while Shanghai’s People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference were in session. Sources in...

Press Advisory: Shanghai Rounds Up Petitioners for Party Plenums

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai authorities detained a large number of petitioners in advance of the current sessions of Shanghai’s People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which began on January 14. Sources in China told HRIC that beginning...

Further Crackdown on Petitioner Mao Hengfeng and Others in Beijing and Shanghai

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that a number of Shanghai petitioners have been detained in Beijing and Shanghai, with several being beaten and mistreated. According to HRIC sources, on the afternoon of December 28, veteran petitioner Mao Hengfeng and several dozen other petitioners were...

Dissident receives sentence of 12 years

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that on December 23, political dissident Xu Wanping was convicted of "incitement to subvert state power" and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and four years deprivation of political rights. According to Xu Wanping's wife, Chen Xianying, Xu Wanping has not...

Press Advisory: Petitioner Xu Zhengqing Appeal Set for January

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai petitioner Xu Zhengqing, recently sentenced to three years in prison on charges of “creating a public disturbance,” has been granted an appeal set for January. Sources in China told HRIC that the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court...

Press Advisory: Imprisoned Lawyer Zheng Enchong Receives Human Rights Award from German Judges

HRIC has learned that Shanghai rights defender Zheng Enchong has been awarded a “Human Rights Award” from the German Judges Association in a reception attended by the German President Horst Koehler. Because Zheng Enchong is currently imprisoned, and his wife Jiang Meili was restricted from leaving...

Shanghai Police Create Hostile Climate at Complaint Hearing

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai Public Security Bureau (PSB) police occupied a Huangpu District courtroom, creating a hostile climate at an administrative complaint hearing in which the PSB itself was a defendant. Sources in China told HRIC that a hearing was scheduled at...

HRIC Mourns Death of Liu Binyan

HRIC mourns the loss of Mr. Liu Binyan, who passed away on Dec. 5, 2005, and extends its sincere condolences to his family. Mr. Liu joined the Chinese Communist Party in the 1940s. Although he suffered from persecution and was expelled from the CCP many times, he exposed and critiqued social...

HRIC Urges Action on Torture

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the statement and recommendations for criminal justice reforms issued by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak in Beijing earlier today. This was the first inspection visit to China by a Special Rapporteur on Torture, the result of ten years of...

Press Advisory: Petition Circulated for Detained Environmental Activists

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received an open letter circulated by several activists on behalf of detained environmental activist Tan Kai. The Hangzhou Public Security Bureau issued summonses to Tan and five other members of an environmental civil society group “Green Watch” (lüse guancha) on...

Petitioners detained in Shanghai and Beijing during Bush Visit

New Release from HRIC Several Shanghai petitioners and rights defenders remain missing after having been monitored and detained during President Bush’s visit to China and the commemoration of former leader Hu Yaobang’s birth. Sources told HRIC that Shanghai police have kept Xu Zhengqing’s father,...

Press Advisory: Open Letter to President Bush on Behalf of Xu Zhengqing

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received an open letter requesting that President George W. Bush take advantage of his upcoming visit to China to bring up the case of Xu Zhengqing, who was recently sentenced to three years in prison as a result of his attempt to commemorate deceased former leader...

Press Advisory: Open Letter Received Urging President Bush to Raise Case of Jailed Democracy Activist

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a copy of an open letter requesting that President George W. Bush take advantage of his upcoming visit to China to bring up the case of Wang Sen, a democracy and Internet activist reportedly in critical health following his conviction on state security...

Environmental Activists Detained in Hangzhou

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the Hangzhou Public Security Bureau issued summonses to six members of an environmental civil society group, “Green Watch” (lüse guancha), on October 19. Sources in China say that one of the activists, Tan Kai, has been placed in criminal detention,...

Dissident Nears Trial Without Legal Representation

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that political dissident Xu Wanping, who has been in custody for half a year with no access to a lawyer, may soon go to trial on charges of subversion. Xu Wanping, a key political activist based in Chongqing, was detained by Public Security Police who...

Three Years in Prison for “Disrupting Public Order”

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai petitioner Xu Zhengqing has been sentenced to three years in prison on a charge of “disrupting public order.” Xu Zhengqing is a long-time petitioner who has been subjected to constant persecution by the authorities as a result of his outspoken...

Massive Petitioner Sweep for China’s National Day

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Beijing authorities have rounded up more than 100 petitioners, apparently in preparation for China’s National Day observances on October 1. Among the detainees is the elderly father of Xu Zhengqing, a petitioner currently on trial in Shanghai for...

Petition on Behalf of Mainland Activist Stranded in Taiwan

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a copy of an open letter on behalf of Yan Peng, a democracy activist who was held in detention for eight months in Taiwan after fleeing there from the mainland in June 2004. Yan is seeking political asylum, but because of procedural delays he has remained...

China Blocks Open Discussion at WSIS with Procedural Maneuvering

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organization, Human Rights in China (HRIC), denounce the decision of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), a process that claims to include the broadest possible participation, to block open discussion on supporting...

Petitioner Round-up Brings Threat of Psychiatric Incarceration

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai authorities have staged a major round-up of long-term petitioners, detaining at least 100 people since September 14. Sources say some of the detainees have been threatened with forcible psychiatric treatment. Sources in China told HRIC that...

Witnesses Dispute Charges against Petitioner Xu Zhengqing in Trial

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that witnesses testifying for the defense in the trial of petitioner Xu Zhengqing on September 13 in Shanghai have refuted evidence produced by the prosecution against Xu on charges of “disturbing public order” under Article 293 of the PRC Criminal Law. Xu...

Clinton Urged to Raise Shi Tao Case at China Internet Summit

Human Rights in China (HRIC) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) today issued an open letter to former president Bill Clinton, urging him to raise the case of jailed journalist Shi Tao and encourage Internet companies, especially Yahoo!, to implement their human rights obligations. President...

Open Letter to President Clinton

Dear President Clinton: We, the undersigned organizations, urge you, as the keynote speaker of the 2005 China Internet Summit at West Lake in Hangzhou, China, to call for the release of Shi Tao, a journalist and Internet activist serving a 10-year sentence for divulging state secrets. This Summit...

Beijing Petitioned on Behalf of Missing Activist Sun Xiaodi

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that more than a hundred people have signed a petition calling on the Chinese authorities to release Sun Xiaodi, an activist petitioning authorities over nuclear contamination from the Gansu No. 792 Uranium Mine, who disappeared more than 130 days ago. A...

HRIC Statement on UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Visit to China

Near the conclusion of her visit to China, Louise Arbour, the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights today signed a “Memorandum of Understanding between the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UNHCHR Concerning the Agreement to Cooperate on the Formulation and Establishment of a Technical...

Petitioner Wang Qiaojuan Sentenced to RTL

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai petitioner Wang Qiaojuan has been sentenced to one year of Reeducation Through Labor (RTL) on a charge of “obstructing the execution of public duty.” Sources in China told HRIC that Wang was one of more than 30 petitioners that were attacked...

Dissident Writer Shi Tao Files for Review of Appeal Decision

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a copy of an application for a trial supervision review filed on behalf of imprisoned dissident writer Shi Tao by his mother, Gao Qinsheng. Supported by a legal brief written by defense attorney Mo Shaoping, Gao is applying on the grounds of “serious...

Activist Disappears after Reporting Nuclear Contamination

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that a Gansu uranium mine employee has been missing for 110 days after being detained by public security police following his attempts to petition officials over severe radiation poisoning affecting local residents. Sources in China told HRIC that Sun...

Three Gorges Petitioners Impeded, Harassed

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that several activists protesting resettlement terms from the Three Gorges Dam project were prevented from petitioning the central government in Beijing, and that one activist has been seriously harassed since being interviewed by an American journalist in...

Retaliatory Detentions of Shanghai Petitioners

Sources in China previously reported to HRIC that on the evening of June 24, more than 30 petitioners had been attacked by dozens of police officers as they prepared to depart for Beijing from Shanghai’s west train station for the purpose of protesting against China’s revised regulations on...

Local Officials Employ Coercive Tactics in Shaanxi Oilfield Controversy

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that local officials in Shaanxi Province have been arranging coercive private meetings with prominent individuals to weaken public support for shareholders in the drawn-out Shaanxi oilfields controversy. Shareholders in a collection of privately operated...

HRIC Press Statement

Human Rights in China (HRIC) would like to respond to false allegations attributed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in an Associated Press (AP) story published on July 4. The AP story, entitled “U.S. Protests American Detained in China,” quoted a statement by...

Petitioners Protest Attempted Prosecution

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai petitioners have issued an open letter on behalf of fellow petitioner Xu Zhengqing, who may soon be formally indicted on charges of "disturbing social order." Sources in China told HRIC that the Public Security Bureau (PSB) on April 22 filed a...

Petitioners Assaulted as Police Discourage Beijing Influx

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that more than 30 petitioners from Shanghai were injured in clashes with police as they attempted to board a train for Beijing. Sources in China told HRIC that on the night of June 24, petitioners Wang Qiaojuan, Wang Minqing, Yang Weiming and more than 30...

Dissident Writer Zhang Lin to be Tried Next Week

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the words of a punk rock song are part of the evidence to be raised against dissident writer Zhang Lin when he is tried next week on charges of incitement to subvert state power. Sources in China told HRIC that Zhang Lin will be brought before the...

June 4th Families Charge Double Standard Re Nanking Massacre

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a copy of an open letter written by Ding Zilin and more than 100 other family members of those killed and injured in June 1989, calling for the Chinese government to recognize the same need for accountability and redress regarding June 4th as it is...

Appeal Documents Expose Injustice in Shi Tao Case

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received copies of appeal documents written by dissident writer Shi Tao, who on April 30 was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of “illegally revealing state secrets abroad.” The documents, including an appeal petition dated May 4 and a defense statement...

Official Pique Deprives 250 Families of Livelihood

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from sources in China that 250 stall-holders in Hangzhou’s Cuiyuan night market face the loss of their livelihoods after officials issued a notice to close the market down. Cuiyuan Market has become a notable tourist attraction since it was opened in the...

HRIC Urges the PRC Government to Act on UN Committee’s Recommendations

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the comprehensive and concrete recommendations issued by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights following its review of the People's Republic of China's (PRC) government progress report. HRIC urges the PRC government to implement...

Peasant Advocates Hospitalized in Clash with Officials

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Liu Zhengyou and four other representatives of landless peasants from Zigong City, Sichuan Province, were assaulted and detained while appealing to the city’s new mayor for redress on April 20. Sources in China told HRIC that more than 2,000 residents...

Roundup of Dissidents in Anti-Japanese Protests

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that a number of Chinese political dissidents have been detained for their participation in anti-Japanese protests. Sources in China told HRIC that Xu Wanping, a key political activist based in Chongqing, was detained by Public Security Police who came to...

Petitioners Detained in Advance of New Law

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received reports of a nationwide crackdown against petitioners as the date approaches for implementation of China’s new petitions regulations, which coincides with the long holiday weekend marking Labor Day on May 1. Sources in China told HRIC that hundreds of...

Dissidents Thwarted in Opening Human Rights Consultancy

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from sources in China that Beijing police forced the closure of a citizens’ rights center established by political activists Liu Jingsheng and Li Weiping. Sources told HRIC that Beijing police officers acting on “instructions from higher levels” ordered the...

China: Religious Repression of Uighur Muslims Architecture of Xinjiang Suppression Detailed

For Immediate Release For more information, please contact: In London, Nicolas Becquelin (English, French, Mandarin): +852 9805 9120 In New York: Sharon Hom (English, Mandarin): +212 239 4495 (New York, April 12, 2005) -- The Chinese government is directing a crushing campaign of religious...

Violence and Harassment in Xi’an Clearance

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that a National People’s Congress delegate, Ma Wenbao, is suffering official harassment after speaking out on behalf of Xi’an residents brutalized in a forced relocation scheme. Sources in China told HRIC that local officials mobilized a municipal and...

Retribution Feared in Shijiazhuang Case

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from sources in China that Chinese authorities have ordered an investigation into the sources of reports of the deaths of five young female workers in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province. HRIC reported on March 2 that the young workers, ranging in age from 14 to 17...

Petitioner Roundup as NPC Meets

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that a number of prominent petitioners have been detained or placed under house arrest in an apparent attempt to limit their activities during the National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) sessions, which...

Cover-up of Child Labor Deaths in Hebei

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has been informed by a source in China of a cover-up in the workplace deaths of five child and juvenile workers. According to sources in China, a man named Wang Wei, the owner of a private company in Luancheng County, Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, illegally...

Tiananmen Families Renew Calls for Redress as EU Considers Lifting Arms Embargo

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a copy of an open letter written to the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference by Ding Zilin and more than 100 other family members of people killed or injured in the official crackdown on pro-democracy...

Petitioner Detained Before U.S. Consulate Visit

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from sources in China that police detained a Shanghai resident, Chen Xiaoming, who was on his way to an appointment at the U.S. Consulate to speak with a consular official about the case of detained petitioner Mao Hengfeng. According to HRIC’s sources, Chen...

Shanghai Petitioner Wang Mingqing Detained

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Wang Mingqing, a Shanghai resident who has been petitioning the Chinese authorities over the destruction of his home in an urban redevelopment project, was placed under administrative detention on February 16. Wang’s sister, Wang Minglan, on February 17...

China fails to exclude HRIC from the UN World Summit on the Information Society

Despite China’s efforts to exclude HRIC from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) PrepCom II that opened in Geneva yesterday, HRIC participated as an affiliate NGO member of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).  HRIC presented on critical human rights issues in China...

HRIC Board Statement

In light of the recent resignations of a number of HRIC’s board members and the public controversy that has been sparked by their release of an open letter explaining why they left the organization, the current HRIC board members wish to make the following brief public response. We – the members of...

Zhao Mourner Charged

For Immediate Release DATE: January 31, 2005 Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that a Shanghai resident, Xu Zhengqing, has been formally arrested after attempting to mourn the death of ousted Party Secretary Zhao Ziyang in Beijing. According to HRIC’s sources, Xu Zhengqing was among 22...

Purported Zhao Ziyang Interview Warns Against Neglect of Reform

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has obtained a copy of an article purporting to record a conversation with purged Party Secretary Zhao Ziyang shortly before his death, in which Zhao is quoted as urging China to move toward democracy in order to avoid the violent tragedy of a new revolution. HRIC...

Fake Hong Kong Company Behind Corrupt Redevelopment Scheme

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai tycoon Zhou Zhengyi used a non-existent company as a vehicle for the urban redevelopment project that displaced hundreds of local residents. HRIC has obtained a copy of a letter sent to Chinese president Hu Jintao and premier Wen Jiabao by Shen...

Press Advisory on New York Memorial for Zhao Zhiyang

As a participant in arranging memorial activities for the late Zhao Zhiyang in New York, Human Rights in China (HRIC) would like to provide the following information relating to the memorial service planned for Saturday, January 22. Many members of New York City’s overseas dissident community are...

New York Memorial Service for Zhao Ziyang

DATE: January 20, 2004 A memorial service will be held in New York on Saturday, January 22, for former Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang, who died at 7 a.m., January 17, 2005 (Beijing Time).  All who are concerned about the future of China are welcome to pay their respects from 1-3 P.M. at the Sheraton...

Police Monitor Public Mourning for Zhao Ziyang

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that police were deployed to monitor hundreds of petitioners who gathered to mourn around the home of former Party General Secretary Zhao Ziyang, who died on January 17. According to HRIC’s sources in China, around 9 a.m. on January 18, four to five hundred...

Family Planning Opponent’s Sentence Extended

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from sources in China that a long-term campaigner against China’s coercive family planning policies, Mao Hengfeng, has had her custodial sentence at a Reeducation Through Labor (RTL) Camp in Shanghai increased by three months. Mao has been protesting and...

Political Prisoner Hada Suffers Torture in Prison

New Account Sheds Light on Degrading Conditions at Inner Mongolia’s Chifeng Prison. Human Rights in China (HRIC) called today for the urgent release of prominent Inner-Mongolian prisoner of conscience Hada. Deemed to be “resisting reform,” Hada is reported to be routinely subjected to torture and...

Chinese Democracy Activist Endangered in Thailand

HRIC has received an urgent appeal from sources in Thailand regarding Chinese democracy activist Lu Decheng. The sources told HRIC that Lu Decheng will be repatriated by the Thai government tomorrow, December 14, 2004.  According to HRIC sources, the Thai authorities arrested Lu Decheng on December...

EU/China Summit: EU must get serious about human rights

Paris – New York, 6 December 2004: On December 8 in The Hague the EU/China Summit, an annual high-level meeting, will take place.  The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Human Rights in China (HRIC) urge the EU Ministers to put human rights concerns on the agenda in a meaningful...

Imprisoned Labor Activist Threatened with End to Family Visits if Abuse is Revealed

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that labor activist Yao Fuxin has been threatened with a curtailment of family visits while he continues to suffer severe abuse in prison. Steel worker Yao Fuxin was detained in March 2002 along with other participants in a strike protesting corruption at...

Appeal for Mainland Asylum Seekers Languishing in Detention in Taiwan

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Han Dongfang, Wang Dan and other dissidents overseas and in China have signed a joint letter requesting that Taiwanese authorities release two democracy activists, Yan Peng and Chen Rongli, who have been detained in Taiwan since fleeing from the...

Family Planning Opponent Subjected to Further Abuse

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from sources in China that a long-term campaigner against China’s coercive family planning policies, Mao Hengfeng, has been subjected to cruel and unusual punishment in custody at a Reeducation Through Labor (RTL) Camp in Shanghai. Mao has been protesting...

Dissident Liu Jingsheng’s Release Imminent

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that dissident Liu Jingsheng will be released from prison on November 27, two and a half years prior to completion of his original sentence, in what is seen as a conciliatory gesture toward the dissident community by the Hu Jintao-Wen Jiabao government. Liu...

Imprisoned Lawyer Dragged from Family Visit

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from sources in China that imprisoned Shanghai public interest lawyer Zheng Enchong has been subjected to unfair treatment because of his refusal to admit wrongdoing. Zheng Enchong’s wife, Jiang Meili, accompanied other family members to visit Zheng in...

Imprisoned Dissident Reported in Critical Health

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Hu Shigen, who has spent 13 years in prison on counterrevolutionary charges, is in such poor health that friends fear he will not live to see his release, scheduled for 2012. According to sources familiar with the situation, Hu Shigen, who is not yet 50...

Dissident Artist Trumps PSB in Court

Human Rights in China/> (HRIC) has learned that court proceedings in dissident artist Yan Zhengxue’s lawsuit against a Public Security Substation were adjourned after Yan produced evidence that the bureau had manufactured evidence in its defense. Yan Zhengxue has been embroiled in a legal...

Human Rights Update: Tibetan Writer Persecuted for Praising Dalai Lama

Human Rights in China/> (HRIC) has learned that a Tibetan writer, Wei Se (also known as Oser), has lost her job, home and freedom of movement because Chinese officials consider her writings overly favorable to the Dalai Lama. Sources in China/> told HRIC that China/>/>’s United Front...

Three Gorges Villagers in International Appeal

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received an urgent appeal from 650 people resettled as a result of the Three Gorges Dam project. The group, led by Fu Xiancai, has asked HRIC to deliver a petition to the relevant United Nations bodies in hopes that the international community will assist them in...

Trial Adjourned as Plaintiffs Barred from Court

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that plaintiffs in a court case alleging corruption in an urban clearance were barred from attending the trial, only to have their case adjourned due to their absence. According to HRIC’s sources in China, the Shanghai Luwan District Court had set the...

Pressure Mounts for Release of Zhao Ziyang

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that a concerted campaign is mounting in China for the release of former Party General Secretary Zhao Ziyang, who was purged from his position and has been living under house arrest since the official crackdown against the Chinese Democracy Movement in June...

Send a birthday greeting to Zhao Ziyang

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that a concerted campaign is mounting in China for the release of former Party General Secretary Zhao Ziyang, who was purged from his position and has been living under house arrest since the official crackdown against the Chinese Democracy Movement in June...

Children Reported among Victims of Chinese Government’s Persecution of Falun Gong

A recent report by the Global Mission to Rescue Persecuted Falun Gong Practitioners provides the details of the deaths of at least five children ranging in age from eight months to 17 years who have died as a result of persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual group in China. The report also...

Not “Another Time” for June 4th

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) is extremely concerned over remarks made by French President Jacques Chirac. According to news accounts on October 7, President Chirac called for a speedy end to the European Union ban on arms sales to China on the basis that the violent 1989...

One-Child Policy Opponent Tortured

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received an appeal for help on behalf of a Shanghainese woman, Mao Hengfeng, who has reportedly been subjected to torture and abusive treatment because of her public protests against China’s official one-child policy. According to HRIC’s sources, Mao Hengfeng was...

Update on Zhao Yan Case

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received information providing further details on the background of the arrest of journalist Zhao Yan, which exemplifies the pernicious effect of Chinese State Secrets Law as applied to journalists and civil society actors. At the time of his arrest, Zhao Yan was...

Background on Zhao Yan’s arrest

Sources in China have told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that journalist Zhao Yan may have been detained to prevent his carrying out a hunger strike for the release of peasant activist Zhang Youren. Zhao Yan was arrested in Shanghai on September 16. At the time, he was working as a researcher for...

Dissidents Sentenced in Unrelated Murder Trial

Sources in China have told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that two Chinese democracy activists, Kong Youping and Ning Xianhua, have been imprisoned in relation to a murder in which they had no involvement. Informed sources told HRIC that the principal defendants in the case were Fan Zhenwen and Lü...

China Detains Prominent Artist and Dissident

In the lead up to the meeting of the Central Party Committee of the 16th Party Congress, Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Yan Zhengxue, a well-known artist and dissident has been secretly detained by police from the State Security Department. According to HRIC sources, at 2:35 in the...

Protesting Peasants Under Siege in Wanli Village

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that police and officials have once again brought in convicted criminals to suppress protests by peasants of Wanli Village in Cangshan Town, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province. The peasants of Wanli Village have been engaged in an extended protest against...

Massive Crackdown on Petitioners in Beijing

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that tens of thousands of petitioners from all over China have recently been detained in Beijing, with many suffering abusive conditions in custody. According to HRIC’s sources in China, police detained more than 36,000 petitioners in the first few days of...

Police and Thugs Suppress Fujian Peasant Protest

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a copy of an open letter by a group of peasants in Fujian appealing for China’s central government to intervene on a case in which police brought in hired thugs to suppress a village protest. The open letter by peasants from Wanli Village in Cangshan Town...

Strange Justice Alleged in Village Case

July 30, 2004 Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received information suggesting that a young woman was wrongly convicted of a crime because of her father’s efforts to clamp down on a massive corruption ring in their home village. The Intermediate People’s Court of Tangshan City, Hebei Province is...

Journalist Pursued for Aiding Peasants

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that police have pressured peasant advocate Wu Zhongkai to frame Zhao Yan, a journalist who has written articles on the Tangshan peasant controversy. Zhao has already lost his job and his father as a result of official harassment, and...

Tangshan Peasant Protest Leader Detained in Advance of Wen Visit

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Public Security police have detained Zhang Youren, the leader of a group of farmers in Tangshan, Hebei Province, who have been protesting the terms of their forced relocation. The detention comes as the city prepares for a visit...

Tangshan Petitioners Persecuted

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Zhang Youren, the leader of a group of displaced farmers in Hebei province, has been subjected to severe official persecution. Zhang was forcibly confined to a hospital and is now under house arrest after more than 11,000 people signed a petition...

Sichuan Peasants Accuse Official in Land Grab

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that 4,000 peasants from villages surrounding Zigong City, Sichuan Province, have submitted a petition to the central government alleging wrongdoing by the deputy secretary of the disciplinary inspection committee of Sichuan Province, Liu Youlin, in relation...

Postponement of Torture Mission "Disappointing"

Human Rights in China (HRIC) expresses its deep disappointment and concern over the PRC government’s announcement that it has postponed the planned mission by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Theo Van Boven, which was expected to take place this month. The previous Special...

Jiang Yanyong Refused U.S. Visit

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Dr. Jiang Yanyong, who gained respect inside and outside of China for exposing China’s SARS crisis and calling for an official reassessment of the 1989 Democracy Movement, has been refused permission to leave China to visit his...

Refugee Land Confiscation Leaves Thousands Homeless

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the government of Ningde City, Fujian Province has forcibly confiscated land originally set aside for overseas Chinese seeking refuge in China, rendering thousands of these refugees homeless. A source in China has provided HRIC with a report by Chinese...

Forced Psychiatric Treatment Threatened for AIDS Activist Hu Jia

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that well-known AIDS activist Hu Jia is facing the prospect of China’s dreaded “judicial psychiatry,” a means of persecuting dissidents and removing them from public circulation, sometimes permanently. According to HRIC’s sources in China, Beijing Public...

June 4th “Hooligan” Update

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has obtained information regarding the current situations of a number of Chinese citizens sentenced to long terms for various crimes of so-called “hooliganism” during the brutal crackdown on protesters in June 1989. Ren Hongze was sentenced to 14...

Retrial Demanded for China Tiananmen Student

Reuters ...``We learned that Zhang Ming was subjected to considerable physical and mental abuse, including being tied to a bed for 113 hours without toilet access,'' the nine said in their letter, a copy of which was provided to reporters by the New York-based Human Rights in China group. ``We...

Tiananmen’s “Most Wanted” Call for Retrial for Zhang Ming

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received an open letter signed by several of the student protesters that the Chinese government put on its “Most Wanted” list after the crackdown on the Democracy Movement in June 1989. The open letter calls for Chinese authorities to grant a speedy, fair and open...

June 4th Memorial Vigil

Human Rights in China (HRIC), as a member of the June 4th Memorial Global Coalition, will be participating in a candlelight vigil on June 4th in front of the Chinese Consulate in New York City from 7:00-10:00 p.m. HRIC invites members of the public to join in calling for accountability from the...

Mass House Arrests Before June 4th

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that members of the Tiananmen Mothers and other dissidents have been placed under virtual or actual house arrest in a pre-June 4th crackdown. According to sources in China, Tiananmen Mothers Ding Zilin, Zhang Xianling and Yin Min had been planning to...

Tiananmen Mothers Appeal for Public Pressure on the Chinese Authorities

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Ding Zilin, now under effective house arrest, has been officially notified that “Under the present regime there will be no resolution of the June 4th question.” Ding is leader of the Tiananmen Mothers, a group of family members of people killed or...

June 4th Activist Li Hai to be Released from Prison

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Li Hai, a political activist who participated in the 1989 democracy movement, will be released from prison on May 30 upon completion of his nine-year sentence. According to sources in China, many of Li’s friends in the dissident community have made...

Hope of Retrial for Tiananmen Veteran Zhang Ming

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that imprisoned dissident Zhang Ming, who has been on hunger strike for several months, may be granted retrial. According to sources in China, China’s Supreme People’s Court has approved Zhang’s application for an appeal, and has notified the Shanghai...

June 4th Photographic Exhibition to be Launched

Issued on behalf of the June 4th Memorial Global Coalition More than 26 cities in 17 countries will mount an exhibition of 100 photographs commemorating the 15th anniversary of the violent crackdown against the 1989 Democracy Movement in China. The exhibition is aimed not only at refreshing...

Internet Activist Du Daobin Goes to Trial

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Internet activist Du Daobin will go to trial on May 18 in closed proceedings, and without the benefit of his chosen defense counsel. According to sources in China, although Du Daobin’s lawyer, Mo Shaoping, had presented the court with his schedule of...

Tiananmen Prisoner Zhang Ming on Hunger Strike

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Tiananmen veteran Zhang Ming is in critical condition after embarking on a hunger strike in his Shanghai prison to protest his harsh sentence on what he claims are bogus charges. Zhang Ming was one of 21 student leaders of the 1989 pro-democracy...

Petitioner Sentenced for Internet Postings

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that petitioner Ma Yalian has been sentenced to one and a half years of Reeducation Through Labor (RTL) because of articles she posted on the Internet exposing the dark side of China’s petitioning system. Ma’s harsh treatment is an example of the recent...

HRIC Condemns Arrest of Ding Zilin and Others

Human Rights in China (HRIC) strongly protests the recent arrest of “Tiananmen Mothers” Ding Zilin, Zhang Xianling and Huang Jinping, and is raising their cases with governments and UN human rights bodies. According to sources in China, Ding Zilin, Zhang Xianling and Huang Jinping were each...

Internet Dissident Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Internet dissident Ouyang Yi was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of “incitement to subvert state power.” Ouyang was tried in secret at the Chengdu Intermediate People’s Court on March 16 without any prior notice given to his family or even...

Legal Expert Cao Siyuan May Face Arrest for Subversion

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Beijing-based legal expert Cao Siyuan may be arrested for subversion upon his return to China after a visit to the United States. According to sources in China, Cao Siyuan, who gained fame after proposing and drafting China’s first bankruptcy law, has...

Christian Face Long Sentences in Secret Trial

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that house church leaders Liu Fenggang, Xu Yonghai and Zhang Shengqi were tried in secret on the morning of March 16 at the Intermediate People’s Court of Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province. Originally charged with “inciting the gathering of state secrets,” the...

Gangster Tactics Employed Against Petitioner

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai authorities have begun using gangster tactics to dissuade Hong Kong resident Shen Ting from her campaign on behalf of jailed lawyer Zheng Enchong and Shanghai residents displaced by urban redevelopment schemes. According to HRIC’s sources in...

Dissidents Detained and Beaten as NPC Opens

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Beijing police have continued their wide scale crackdown against activists in preparation for the National People’s Congress. Dissidents, house church leaders and petitioners have been deprived of their liberty, with some subjected to severe physical...

Further Harassment of Zheng Enchong’s Wife

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Jiang Meili, the wife of jailed lawyer Zheng Enchong, was arrested once again while on the way to visit her husband in prison. According to sources in China, Shanghai’s Tilanqiao Prison sets aside the third and fourth of every month for family visits....

Lawyer's Wife Illegally Detained Again

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Jiang Meili, the wife of jailed Shanghai lawyer Zheng Enchong, has recently been released from three days’ unlawful detention. According to HRIC’s sources, Jiang Meili had gone to Beijing on February 28 to petition the National People’s Congress on...

Petitioner Shen Ting Denied Entry to Mainland

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Hong Kong resident Shen Ting was detained by Chinese Customs officials for more than two hours at the Lowu border on February 26, after which her Home Return Permit (huixiangzheng) was confiscated without explanation. Shen Ting was preparing to fly...

Crackdown on Activists Prior to NPC Meeting

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Beijing authorities have taken suppressive action against more than 200 activists in preparation for the upcoming session of the National People’s Congress. According to sources in Beijing, certain persons identified by the authorities as “unsafe” have...

House Church Leaders Charged

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that house church leaders Liu Fenggang and Xu Yonghai have been formally charged with revealing state secrets. According to sources in China, Liu Fenggang’s wife, Bi Yuxia, was notified by telephone by the Zhejiang Procuratorate on February 23 that Liu had...

Hope for release of Internet dissident Du Daobin

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the case of Internet dissident Du Daobin has been referred back to the Public Security Bureau on the grounds of insufficient evidence, raising hopes that Du will soon be released in the same way as the Internet dissident he defended, Liu Di. Du Daobin...

Lawyer Zheng Enchong’s Wife Petitions Government over Prison Abuse

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Jiang Meili, the wife of imprisoned lawyer Zheng Enchong, has written a letter to Chinese leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao appealing for their intervention in Zheng’s prison conditions. According to HRIC’s sources, Jiang Meili was allowed to visit...

Falungong members Zhang Jun and Li Chiyue on hunger strike, denied access to counsel

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received an appeal for help from relatives of Falungong members Zhang Jun and her 20-year old daughter Li Chiyue, who have been on a hunger strike for over 8 days and may be in critical condition. Zhang and Li are being denied access to their lawyer in violation of...

Open letter demands reform of prescription drug system

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Liu Feiyue, a teacher from Suizhou city in Hubei province, has drafted and circulated an open letter to the Chinese government demanding that it assume responsibility for safeguarding the health and lives of the Chinese people and calling for reform of...

Dissident Sang Jiancheng Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from sources in China that on January 6, Shanghai-based political activist Sang Jiancheng was sentenced by the Shanghai Intermediate People’s Court to three years in prison on charges of incitement to subvert state power. Local activists such as Li Guotao...

Jailed Labor Activists Refused Medical Parole

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that prison officials have refused a request by the families of jailed Liaoyang labor activists Yao Fuxin and Xiao Yunliang to grant Yao and Xiao medical parole for severe health problems. According to sources, family members recently visited the two men in...

Zheng Enchong Appeal Set for December 18, U.S. Consulate Officials Invited to Attend

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the Shanghai Supreme People’s Court will deliver its ruling in the appeal of lawyer Zheng Enchong on December 18 at 10:00 a.m. According to sources in China, the court informed Zheng’s wife, Jiang Meili, through his lawyers that three family members...

No Open Trial for Zheng Enchong Appeal

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that there will be no public court hearing for the appeal of Shanghai lawyer Zheng Enchong. Observers in China believe the lack of public access is an attempt by Chinese authorities to diffuse growing public support for Zheng, who on October 28 was sentenced...

New China Internet Study Ignores Internet Crackdown Markle/CASS Report Methodology “Misleading”

(New York, November 25, 2003) -- A new study of Internet use and its impact in China fails to address the Chinese government’s ongoing campaign against web users who express views Beijing doesn’t like, Human Rights in China said today. The new report Surveying Internet Usage and Impact in Twelve...

Rights Group Charges China Prosecutes Internet Activist

... on trial in Beijing. The New York-based Human Rights in China group says Jiang Lijun was arrested a year ago. The group's Nicolas ... To view full article, please visit: http://www.iwar.org.uk/news-archive/2003/11-04-2.

HRIC’s Statement on the Conviction of Zheng Enchong

On October 28 the Shanghai Second Intermediate People’s Court sentenced lawyer Zheng Enchong to three years in prison on charges of “illegally providing state secrets to entities outside of China.” The news media have reported that the judgment mentioned Human Rights in China (HRIC). HRIC has now...

Internet Activist Jiang Lijun to be Tried for Subversion

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Internet activist Jiang Lijun will be tried on November 4 on charges of “incitement to subvert state power.” According to HRIC’s sources, Jiang Lijun will be tried in a closed court session at the Beijing Intermediate Court. Jiang was detained on...

Petitioner Appeals for Help from the Hong Kong Government

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Hong Kong resident Shen Ting, who has been involved in protests by Shanghai residents displaced by redevelopment schemes, has sent out an emergency appeal for assistance from the Hong Kong government. HRIC has obtained a copy of Shen Ting’s letter,...

Abuse of Process Alleged in Fujian Sedition Trial

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Li Jianfeng and seven others will go on trial in the Intermediate People’s Court in Sanming City, Fujian Province, on October 30 on charges of incitement to subvert state power. At the same time, Li Jianfeng has with his co-defendants accused the...

Chinese dissident set for early release from prison

ABC Radio Australia A leading Chinese dissident who spent more than a decade in prison is reportedly set to be released before completing his full sentence. Human Rights in China says 38-year-old Kang Yuchun, is to be freed more than five years before the end of his original 17-year sentence in...

Dissident Kang Yuchun Released

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Kang Yuchun will be released from prison on October 28, more than five years before his original anticipated release date of May 28, 2009. Arrested on May 29, 1992, Kang was tried with Hu Shigen and others on accusations of “counter-revolutionary...

Internet Activist Yan Jun Tried for Subversion

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned of the secret arraignment of Shaanxi-based Internet activist Yan Jun on charges of “incitement to subvert state power.” According to sources in China, Yan was charged with subversion in closed proceedings at the Intermediate People’s Court in Xi’an at 9:30...

October 28 Verdict Set for Lawyer Zheng Enchong

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the Shanghai Intermediate People’s Court will hand down its verdict on the trial of lawyer Zheng Enchong on October 28. Zheng Enchong went on trial on August 28 on charges of “illegally providing state secrets to entities outside of China.” According...

Shanghai Redevelopment Petitioners Face “Reeducation”

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from sources in China that more than ten people involved in repeated protests against Shanghai’s redevelopment and relocation scheme will soon be sentenced to Reeducation Through Labor (RTL) on charges of “illegal assembly.” The dozen or so protesters were...

Activist Liu Fenggang Detained

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Beijing-based religious activist Liu Fenggang was detained in Hangzhou on October 13, 2003 on accusations of “revealing state secrets,” while his residence in Beijing was searched by public security officials. Liu Fenggang is a religious activist who...

Shanghai Redevelopment Protesters Abused in Detention

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Chinese officials are employing abusive tactics against a large group of people involved in protests against urban redevelopment programs in Shanghai. Around 85 protesters were arrested on September 30 while visiting Beijing for purposes of petitioning...

Crackdown on Dissidents for National Day

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Chinese authorities have carried out a wide-scale crackdown on dissidents during the political sensitive period surrounding China’s national day. HRIC has learned of the following actions against dissidents: 1) On the morning of September 30 Beijing...

Detained Shanghai Petitioners in Hunger Strike

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that petitioners from Shanghai rounded up in a massive police raid in Beijing on September 30 have begun a hunger strike to protest abusive treatment in detention. A large group of petitioners had traveled from Shanghai to Beijing to petition the central...

Shanghai Petitioners Detained in National Day Roundup

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that in the early hours of September 30 Public Security officials carried out a large-scale roundup of at least 85 people in Beijing. According to HRIC’s sources, many of those arrested were people who had come from Shanghai to petition the authorities on...

Internet Activist Li Zhi Arrested for Subversion

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the Chinese government has continued its crackdown on free expression on the Internet with the arrest of Internet activist Li Zhi. According to sources in China, on September 3 Sichuan Province State Security Police formally arrested Li Zhi on charges...

HRIC Pays Tribute to Arthur C. Helton

HRIC notes with sadness the death of board member Arthur C. Helton. Mr. Helton, the director of peace and conflict studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and senior fellow for refugee studies and preventative action, was killed in August 2003 by a bomb blast at the United Nations headquarters...

HRIC Excluded From World Summit On the Information Society

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has been denied accreditation to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) scheduled for Geneva in December. The failure to include HRIC in the upcoming WSIS raises serious concerns about the transparency and legitimacy of this multilateral process and any...

China and the WTO Roundtable

Wednesday, September 10, 2003 3:30-5:30PM Hotel Sierra, Cancun Room 4 Convened by: Human Rights in China (HRIC) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) This roundtable will examine issues presented by China’s first year implementation of WTO obligations and its impact on human...

Protesters Arrested as Zheng Enchong goes on Trial

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai lawyer Zheng Enchong was tried behind closed doors on August 28 on charges of “illegally providing state secrets to entities outside of China.” More than three hundred people to whom Zheng Enchong had been providing legal advice gathered to...

Dissident Lawyer’s Trial Date Set

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai lawyer Zheng Enchong will be tried in secret on August 28 on charges of “illegally providing state secrets to entities outside of China.” Sources in China say Zheng’s case will be heard before the Shanghai Second Intermediate People’s Court...

Public Proceedings Initiated against Jailed Lawyer

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that a formal public prosecution has commenced against Shanghai lawyer Zheng Enchong on charges of illegally obtaining state secrets. Zheng Enchong was originally detained on June 6 after assisting displaced families in more than 500 cases relating to...

Dissident Zhao Changqing Jailed for 5 Years

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that on August 4 the Xi’an Intermediate People’s Court sentenced dissident Zhao Changqing to five years in prison following a secret trial on July 10. Zhao had been charged with inciting subversion of state power on June 25 following...

Interventions Made on Behalf of Jailed Lawyer

For Immediate Release July 30, 2003 Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a copy of an open letter sent to Chinese president Hu Jintao and premier Wen Jiabao by Jiang Meili, the wife of detained lawyer Zheng Enchong. Zheng was originally detained on June 6 on accusations of stealing state...

Protest Planned as Discontent Seethes in Beijing

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that more than 1,000 people plan a public protest in Beijing on the morning of July 17 to voice their concerns about perceived threats to their livelihoods. According to HRIC’s sources in Beijing, these people have stationed...

The Tiananmen Mothers's open letter to comrades in Hong Kong

Our support to your fight against the legislation of Article 23 of Basic Law July 10, 2003 Having known that over 500,000 Hong Kong citizens marched on streets on July 1 protesting against the legislation of the draconian law on implementing Article 23, we again learned from radio news report that...

Daughter of Christian Activist Denied School Place

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that officials have refused to issue a household registration certificate (hukou) to the young daughter of Beijing-based Christian activist Hua Huiqi, resulting in her being deprived of the right to attend school. Sources in China...

Dissident Zhao Changqing Charged With Subversion

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Xi’an-based dissident Zhao Changqing was formally charged with inciting subversion of state power on June 25. Zhao’s lawyer, Dou Peixin, was notified of the charge on June 26. The trial, scheduled for early July, is expected to be...

Hong Kong Resident Petitions Chinese Leaders over Shanghai Redevelopment Scandal

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a copy of an open letter written by a Hong Kong resident, Shen Ting (Sum Ting) calling for China’s central government to intervene in the ongoing Shanghai redevelopment scandal. In her letter to Chinese president Hu Jintao and...

Appeal Proceedings Commence for Liaoyang Labor Activists

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that appeal proceedings for Liaoyang labor activists Yao Fuxin and Xiao Yunliang will commence on June 27. However, lawyers and family members of the defendants were not notified in advance, and officials have warned fellow activists...

Shanghai Lawyer Zheng Enchong Formally Arrested

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that on June 18 Shanghai authorities formally arrested Zheng Enchong, a lawyer who has been assisting residents fighting redevelopment of their neighborhoods. Zheng was originally detained on June 6 on accusations of stealing state...

Large-Scale Police Action Against Yunnan Christians

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that 12 members of an unauthorized house church in Yunnan Province have been arrested, with eight members facing imprisonment. According to sources in China, the arrested persons, including Wang Qiyou, Huang Yuting, Huang Changshou,...

Christian Prisoner Reported Dangerously Ill

For immediate release Friends and relatives of Christian dissident Gong Shengliang have appealed for help from the international community on reports that Gong is near death as a result of abusive treatment in prison. Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a copy of an open letter signed by 34...

Protest over Internet Crackdown for June 4th

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a copy of an open letter protesting the blocking of a Chinese Web site during the politically sensitive period around the June 4 anniversary. The open letter was sent by Ren Bumei, operator of the Bumei Zhiye Web site (the open...

Shanghai Petitioners in June 4 Crackdown

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that under the tense political atmosphere of the June 4 anniversary authorities are taking repressive measures against people protesting urban clearances in Shanghai. According to sources in Shanghai, a group of more than 100...

Imprisoned Internet Dissident on Hunger Strike

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Xu Wei, an Internet activist sentenced last week to 10 years in prison, has gone on hunger strike to protest ill treatment in custody. Sources close to Xu Wei told HRIC that Xu has refused all food since his May 28 sentencing, and his health is rapidly...

Lawsuit Alleges Corruption in Shanghai Redevelopment

For Immediate Release Displaced residents of a redevelopment project in Shanghai have commenced a lawsuit alleging collusion between the developer and government officials. Sources told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that residents waiting outside of the courtroom were kept under close surveillance...

Four Internet Activists Imprisoned for Subversion

Correction: In 2003, HRIC erroneously reported that Jin Haike, Xu Wei, Yang Zili and Zhang Honghai were charged with “inciting subversion of state power.” The actual charge was “subversion of state power.” The correction has been made in this press release. Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned...

Shanghai Clearance Protesters Prevented from Traveling to Beijing

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned of the arrest of a group of more than 150 people attempting to petition central authorities in Beijing over clearance and redevelopment of their Shanghai neighborhoods. The protesters, many of whom have made previous unsuccessful...

Chinese Intellectual Sues China’s State Council

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that a Chinese intellectual, Li Weiping, has brought a lawsuit against China’s State Council demanding repeal of the revised Regulations on Publication Management. HRIC has received a copy of the legal complaint (appended in full to...

Shanghai Clearance Protesters Arrested Under SARS Precautions

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that under tight restrictions to prevent the spread of the SARS epidemic Shanghai authorities have detained 132 protesters from households affected by urban clearance. The protest, which began at 12:30 in the afternoon on May 1 at the...

Liaoyang Activists Warned to Avoid American Delegation

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from a number of sources in China that several labor activists in the northeastern city of Liaoyang were detained by police over the weekend and warned to have no contact with a contingent of American diplomats and foreign reporters...

Shanghai Clearance Petitioners Thwarted Again

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that representatives of households affected by urban clearance in Shanghai have been arrested during an attempt to petition officials in Beijing. Representatives of more than 300 households, including Ai Furong and Wang Huifang, had...

China Human Rights Policy: 10 Years After Vienna

Convened by FIDH and the International Fellowship of Reconciliation Palais des Nations, Room XXIV Monday, March 31, 2003 1:00-3:00 PM Statement by Liu Qing, President of Human Rights in China In recent years, China’s human rights situation has diverged in two different directions. On the one hand...

Internet Activist Jiang Lijun Formally Arrested

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned of the formal arrest of Jiang Lijun, an Internet activist who disappeared in November. According to HRIC’s sources, Jiang is currently being detained in Qincheng Prison. Sources say that Jiang is a close confederate of two other...

Liaoyang Activist Xiao Yunliang’s Health Deteriorates in Prison

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that labor activist Xiao Yunliang is suffering deteriorating health in custody and has begun spitting blood. Xiao’s family and fellow activists have petitioned authorities on his behalf, but so far without effect. Xiao Yunliang...

Relocation Petitioners Rebuffed

For Immediate Release March 13, 2003 Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that a group of 45 people protesting redevelopment of their Shanghai neighborhood were prevented from petitioning Beijing authorities with their grievance. Sources told HRIC that the 45 Shanghai residents, including...

Liaoyang Labor Activists’ Daughters Detained

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from reliable sources that the daughters of Liaoyang labor activists Yao Fuxin and Xiao Yunliang were detained today after attempting to meet lawyer Mo Shaoping in Beijing. Mo Shaoping has been providing legal representation for Yao...

A Dozen People Still Missing Since June 4th, Say Tiananmen Mothers

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a copy of an open letter issued by the Tiananmen Mothers calling on China' s National People' s Congress (NPC) to urge the Chinese government to engage in a dialogue to resolve issues relating to June 4th. The letter is signed by...

Dissident He Depu Formally Arrested

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from reliable sources that He Depu has been formally charged with inciting the overthrow of the state power. Sources say He’s charges stem from official fears of dissident political activity during the meetings of the National People’s...

Liaoyang Authorities in Renewed Crackdown on Worker Protests

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that authorities in the northeastern industrial city of Liaoyang have arrested labor leader Wang Dawei, and have taken suppressive action against further street protests by disgruntled workers. The renewed crackdown follows overtures...

On the Enactment of Article 23 Legislation in Hong Kong

Joint Public Statement We, the undersigned, wish to express our deep concern at the draft legislation on Article 23. As the proposals stand, the outcome of this legislation will be an erosion of “One Country-Two Systems” and a decrease in the protection and promotion of fundamental human rights...

Liaoyang Workers Negotiating for Release of Yao Fuxin

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from reliable sources that worker representatives in the northeastern city of Liaoyang have begun negotiating with municipal authorities for the release of labor activists Yao Fuxin and Xiao Yunliang, currently being held on subversion...

Activist Writer Wang Lixiong Dismissed from Environmental Group

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from reliable sources that writer and activist Wang Lixiong has been forced to leave his position in the Chinese environmental NGO, “Friends of Nature.” Friends of Nature was formed in 1994, the first officially recognized...

Dissident Jia Wei Detained on Escape Fears

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from reliable sources that Jia Wei, a dissident based in Changchun, Jilin Province, was apprehended by a group of men wearing military uniforms while seeking work in Xiamen, Fujian Province, on January 10. According to information, Jia...

HRIC Calls for Reassessment of Article 23 Submissions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Human Rights in China (HRIC) objects to the Hong Kong SAR Security Bureau’s classification of its submission on Article 23 as “unclear” and calls for an objective reassessment of all submissions. HRIC’s views on Article 23 are very clear. HRIC has not taken a stand on...

Suizhou Resident Protests Forced Subscription to Party Newspaper

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that authorities in Suizhou, Hubei Province, have been forcing residents to subscribe to the local party newspaper. A teacher, Liu Feiyue, has published an open letter to the National People’s Congress protesting this attempt at “...

Dissident Fang Jue Expelled from China

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that prominent dissident Fang Jue has been expelled from China. A well-known participant in China’s democracy movement, Fang Jue has been missing since November 4, when it is believed he was detained as part of a general crackdown on...

Scholar Wang Daqi Sentenced to Prison

For Immediate Release January 16, 2003 Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that an elderly scholar, Wang Daqi, has been sentenced to prison for publishing political writings. According to several sources in China, Wang Daqi, aged 70 and formerly a professor at Hefei Industrial University,...

Internet Activist Ouyang Yi Formally Arrested

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that political dissident and Internet activist Ouyang Yi has been formally arrested, making him the latest victim in the Chinese government’s crackdown against political expression on the Internet. Sources in China, including several...

Authorities Arrest more than Twenty Members of Shanghai House Church

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai authorities arrested more than twenty members of an underground church and sentenced the church’s leader, Xu Guoxing, to 18 months of Reeducation Through Labor. HRIC learned of Xu’s arrest and sentencing through an...

Internet Activist Tao Haidong Goes on Trial

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Xinjiang Internet activist Tao Haidong, missing for several months, has been tried and is awaiting sentencing. The trial follows the recent arrests of Internet activists Liu Di and Li Yibin. Informed sources in Urumqi say Tao...

Open Letter Signatory Han Lifa Detained

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned of the secret detention of dissident Han Lifa, one of 192 opposition activists who signed an open letter to China’s 16th Party Congress calling for political reform. According to dissident Cai Guihua and other sources, Shanghai Public...

Harbin Woman Allegedly Persecuted for Exercising Her Right to Petition

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that a woman visiting Beijing to present a petition was detained under suspicious circumstances and is now scheduled to appear in a Beijing court on January 9 in relation to an alleged assault. Zhang Gonglai, a Harbin nursery school...

Beijing Authorities Take Hard Line on Christian Activist Hua Huiqi

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Beijing officials have retaliated against Christian activist Hua Huiqi and his family following their protests against forced removal for redevelopment of their neighborhood. Hua Huiqi and his family, along with members of four...

Christian Activist Hua Huiqi Detained in Protest

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from reliable sources that Christian activist Hua Huiqi and a group of Beijing residents staged a protest march at midnight January 4 Beijing time. The group started out at Hua’s home and intended to march to Tiananmen Square, but...

Crackdown on Dissidents Accompanies Release of Xu Wenli

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from reliable sources that Chinese dissident Zhao Changqing, secretly detained two months ago, has now been officially arrested, and that several other participants in an open letter to China’s 16th Party Congress have been secretly...

Chinese Dissidents in Hunger Strike for Better Prison Conditions

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that a Chinese prisoner of conscience, An Jun, is in critical condition after refusing food for more than three weeks in a protest calling for better prison conditions. Dissident An Jun, aged 47, was sentenced to four years in prison...

HRIC Welcomes Release Of Xu Wenli But Warns Against Complacency

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the Chinese government’s release of dissident Xu Wenli and others. At the same time, HRIC calls on the Chinese government to genuinely improve its human rights situation rather than offer occasional gestures such as the release of...

Human Rights in China calls for extension of consultation on Hong Kong’s Article 23

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China has made a submission to the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region regarding the government’s consultation document outlining its proposals to implement Article 23 of the Basic Law. Article 23 provides for the enactment of laws to...

Internet Activist Li Yibin Detained

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned of the detention of yet another Internet activist following the secret detention of Liu Di, “the Stainless Steel Mouse,” one month ago. Sources in China have told HRIC that Li Yibin, publisher of the online magazine “Democracy and...

Washington expected to take gentle line during human rights dialogue

As the US needs Beijing's support on Iraq and North Korea, analysts say it is unlikely to take a strongly critical approach     On the eve of renewed Sino-US human rights talks, analysts have predicted Washington will not take a tough line for fear of risking Beijing's backing on issues such as...

Chinese intellectuals petition the Chinese government on behalf of condemned Tibetans

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a petition from 24 Chinese intellectuals to the National People’s Congress, the Chinese Supreme People's Court, and the Sichuan Province Supreme People’s Court calling for a fair retrial for Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and his follower Lobsang...

HRIC urges international intervention on death sentence for two Tibetans

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has called for the international community to press for an open retrial in the case of Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and his follower Lobsang Dhondup, who were sentenced to death after a secret trial on December 2. Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and...

Another Open Letter Dissident Arrested

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned of the secret arrest of Dai Xuezhong, one of nearly 200 dissidents who signed an open letter to China’s 16th Party Congress calling for political reform. Dai’s arrest in Shanghai follows the arrest last month of Xi’an-based dissident Zhao Changqing, who...

Dissident Petitioner Detained

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned of the arrest of prominent dissident Zhao Changqing, who earlier this month distributed an open letter to China’s 16th Party Congress signed by nearly 200 opposition activists calling for political reform. Zhao’s younger sister, having...

Human Rights in China Calls for Immediate Release of Labor Activist Yao Fuxin

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has joined with Hong Kong-based China Labour Bulletin (CLB) in calling for the immediate release of labor activist Yao Fuxin after local testimony refutes Chinese officials’ claims that Yao engaged in violent public demonstrations. Yao Fuxin was...

Tiananmen Mothers Petition China’s 16th Party Congress

For Immediate Release The Tiananmen Mothers, a group representing families of protesters killed or injured in Beijing during the violent official crackdown on June 4th, 1989, has issued an open letter to China’s new Politburo Standing Committee calling for justice for the victims and a more...

November 13 EU-China Dialogue: Call to the EU

FIDH and HRIC Joint Press Release Paris – New York – Hong Kong, 12 November 2002: On the eve of the EU/China dialogue, to take place on November 13 in Beijing, the FIDH and HRIC call on the EU to put its acts in line with its declarations of principle. In January 2001, the EU fixed benchmarks to...

Detained Dissident Fang Jue’s Housekeeper Believed Arrested

Following the arrest of Beijing-based political dissident Fang Jue on November 4, Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Fang’s housekeeper, Wang Jinzhi, has also been arrested. According to informed sources, Beijing Public Security police arrested Wang at the same time that they detained...

Surge in Petitions and Arrests Greets 16th Party Congress

China's 16th Party Congress has drawn a number of petitions and open letters from Chinese dissidents calling for political reform and greater openness. At the same time, Chinese authorities have begun arresting some vocal dissidents in order to maintain a “peaceful and stable” atmosphere for the...

House Church Activist Latest Victim in Pre-Congress Crackdown

For Immediate Release An active member of China’s underground Christian church, Hua Huiqi, has become the latest victim of an official crackdown against dissidents prior to the 16th Party Congress. Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from knowledgeable sources that Chinese authorities have...

Chinese authorities employ oppressive measures to systematically exclude poorest workers from major urban centers

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT WITH EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (PDF 1.03 MB) FREE Adobe Acrobat Software to read PDF files FOR RELEASE ON NOVEMBER 6, 2002 For further information, contact: Stacy Mosher (New York) 1-212-239-4495 or Nicolas Becquelin (Hong Kong) 852-2710-8021 In the course of the...

Nearly 200 Dissidents Petition China’s 16th Party Congress with Political Demands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a copy of an open letter to the 16th Party Congress signed by 192 opposition activists from 17 provinces and cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. In the largest nationwide political action in recent years, the signatories make six...

Open Letter on Democracy and Human Rights by Chinese Intellectual Lin Mu

Lin Mu, an independent intellectual and former secretary to Hu Yaobang, has released an open letter through Human Rights in China (HRIC) calling on the PRC’s upcoming 16th Party Congress to take significant measures to improve relations between the Party and the people. In a tense pre-Congress...

Chinese Authorities Arrest Dissidents Fang Jue and Xu Wanping

In its efforts to further muffle opposition voices prior to the 16th Party Congress, Chinese authorities have initiated a new round of arrests, with at least two dissidents, Fang Jue and Xu Wanping, reportedly detained. Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from a reliable source that Fang Jue,...

Beijing Public Security Police Harass and Detain Activist Fang Jue

For Immediate Release As the Chinese government tightens political restrictions in the run-up to the 16th Party Congress, Beijing’s Public Security Bureau has severely restricted the movement of a well-known dissident, Fang Jue, and has subjected him to arbitrary detention. Fang Jue, 47, a...

Human Rights in China Statement on Dr. Wan Yanhai's Release

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the release of public health and AIDS activist Dr. Wan Yanhai. This release following a relatively short period of detention is a victory for the international AIDS activist and human rights communities, Dr. Wan’s friends, family, colleagues, and supporters. Dr...

Dissidents Convicted of Criminal Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Active dissident Yan Peng and democracy theorist Mu Chuanheng were convicted for inciting to overthrow state power. They were also accused of insulting leaders of the Central government. Yan was sentenced to one and a half years and is deprived of political rights for two...

HIV/AIDS Activist Wan Yanhai Detained

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received information that Chinese HIV/AIDS activist Wan Yanhai, who disappeared on August 24, 2002, has been detained. According to Liang Yan, one of the coordinators of the Aizhi (AIDS) Action Project, on September 4 at 1:30 P.M. Beijing time...

HIV/AIDS Activist Wan Yanhai Disappears

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Su Zhaosheng, wife of Aizhi Action Project coordinator Wan Yanhai, informed Human Rights in China (HRIC) that Wan disappeared in Beijing while under close surveillance by plainclothes security police. On August 24 at 2pm, Wan, as a representative of the event committee, went...

District Court Judge Upholds Service of Human Rights Lawsuit on Former Chinese Premier on Behalf of Tiananmen Square Survivors

Press release issued by: RIPTIDE - Communications for Change CONTACT: DAVID LERNER 212.260.5000 CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA WIN DECISION TO PROCEED IN LI PENG CASE District Court Judge Upholds Service of Human Rights Lawsuit on Former Chinese Premier on Behalf of...

Li Xiaorong Denied PRC Visa

For Immediate Release On July 17, 2002, Li Xiaorong, an academic and human rights activist, was denied a visa to China to attend her mother’s funeral. After Li’s mother passed away on July 13, she, her husband and their two children applied for visas at the PRC Embassy in Washington DC to visit Li...

PRC Releases Democracy Activist Fang Jue

For Immediate Release Fang Jue, 47, a representative of the democracy movement and a former urban-planning official, was released on July 22, 2002 after completing his four-year sentence in Liangxiang Prison, Beijing. However, upon release, the police did not return Fang’s Hukou (Household...

Human Rights in China Files Lawsuit Against the Bank of China

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (June 14, 2002) For the first time ever, Human Rights in China (HRIC) filed a suit against the Bank of China (BOC) in federal court in New York City on June 10, 2002, charging that the BOC assisted the government of China in the confiscation of humanitarian funds...

Security tight for June 4 anniversary

Activists watched closely and warned against massacre protests Police continued to keep watch for signs of trouble yesterday and warned activists not to organise activities to mark today's 13th anniversary of the June 4 crackdown. Police in Guangzhou held dissident Li Wensheng for seven hours on...

Human Rights in China Media Alert

New York At the invitation of Human Rights in China, Li Xiaoming, a former PLA officer who had taken part in the suppression of the student movement of June Fourth, 1989, will come to New York to participate in June 4 commemorative activities. Li Xiaoming will arrive at JFK Terminal 8 on American...

Wife of detained democracy activist expelled from China

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fu Xiang, wife of detained democracy activist Yang Jianli, was detained upon arrival in Beijing on May 22 for two hours and then was expelled from the country. Fu Xiang returned to China in an attempt to rescue Yang Jianli and assert her rights as a relative of the detained...

Chinese government policy shuts out poorest migrant children from urban schools, new study shows

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT FOR RELEASE ON MAY 7th, 2002 For further information contact: Nicolas Becquelin +(852) 2710 8021 (office) +(852) 9805 9120 (mobile) Human Rights in China (HRIC) today charges that some of the poorest and most disadvantaged children in China’s major cities...

Families of June 4 victims demand accountability

In an open letter released today, 114 relatives of June 4th Massacre victims are demanding that Li Peng, widely believed to have ordered the massacre, be held legally accountable, and that the official verdict on June 4th be overturned. The letter is addressed to the National Peoples Congress (NPC...

Wife of prominent dissdent Jiang Qisheng appeals to U.S. president George Bush

On February 13, 2002, Zhang Hong, wife of prominent dissident Jiang Qisheng, appealed to U.S. President George Bush to seek medical parole for her imprisoned husband during his upcoming visit to Beijing. In addition, Zhang asked President Bush to pressure Chinese officials to deliver a thesis Jiang...

Authorities secretly detain Professor Wang Daqi

On January 24, 2002, Wang Daqi, 70, professor of construction at Hefei Industrial University, and editor of Ecology magazine, was secretly detained by Chinese authorities. Approximately seven officers from the State Security Bureau confiscated Wang's journal, name cards, telephone book, and other...

Human Rights in China Testifies at Congressional Hearing

Xiao Qiang, Executive Director of Human Rights in China, delivered testimony at the first hearing of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China on February 7, 2002. Chaired by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and Co-chaired by Congressman Doug Bereuter (R-NE), the Commission was established by...

Chinese dissidents gathering at Memorial service for Wang Ruowang in Queens

A memorial service for Wang Ruowang (the most senior and first Chinese dissident to die in exile) will be held December 29th, noon-2pm at Central Funeral Home, 136-25 41st Ave., Flushing NY. This will be the largest gathering of Chinese dissidents and activists in exile post-Tiananmen Square, 1989...

Despite claims to the contrary, China holds UN Torture Rapporteur at arm's length

In an address to the UN General Assembly today in which he announced his resignation, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Sir Nigel Rodley, described how the Chinese government had frustrated his efforts to undertake a mission to the country after extending an invitation to him in February 1999....

As first year of UN-China program on rights concludes, little progress seen

As the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson visits China on November 8-9 for the final workshop in a year-long program of technical cooperation with the Chinese government, Human Rights in China (HRIC) points out that the government has done little to give practical meaning to...

MacArthur Foundation Awards Fellowship to Xiao Qiang

Xiao Qiang, Executive Director of Human Rights in China (HRIC), has been named a recipient of a 2001 MacArthur Fellowship, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today. The MacArthur Fellowship is a stipend paid over five years to talented individuals who have shown...

One-Child Policy Opponent Tortured

For Immediate Release Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received an appeal for help on behalf of a Shanghainese woman, Mao Hengfeng, who has reportedly been subjected to torture and abusive treatment because of her public protests against China’s official one-child policy. According to HRIC’s...

Veteran labor activist Li Wangyang sentenced

Li Wangyang, veteran labor rights activist from Hunan Province, was sentenced to ten years in prison for "incitement to subvert state power" in the People's Intermediate Court of Shaoyang on September 20. Li was charged with the crime after his case attracted international media attention and he...

Veteran labor activist Li Wangyang convicted of subversion

Li Wangyang, veteran labor rights activist, was convicted of "incitement to subvert state power" in the People's Intermediate Court of Shaoyang, Hunan Province on Sept. 5. Li's brother-in-law, Zhao Baozhu, and many friends were denied access to the proceedings. Li's sister, Li Wanglin has already...

Veteran activists Mu Chuanheng and Yan Peng formally charged

Veteran democracy activists Mu Chuanheng and Yan Peng from Qingdao, Shandong Province, were both formally charged with incitement to subvert state power on August 28th. These charges follow by one day International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge's assertion during his recent trip...

HRIC speaks out at UN World Conference Against Racism

Human Rights in China (HRIC) Executive Director Xiao Qiang will report on pervasive discrimination in the PRC at the NGO Forum in South Africa on Wednesday, August 29 at 6:00 PM. Xiao is in Durban as a member of the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) delegation to the United Nations World...

Qingdao dissident Mu Chuanheng arrested

Qingdao police arrested long-time pro-democracy dissident Mu Chuanheng on charges of incitement to overthrow the government on Aug. 13. More than ten officers from Qingdao Public Security Bureau took Mr. Mu from his home along with his computer, written materials and letters. Mr. Mu's arrest...

UN experts review discrimination against ethnic minorities, rural residents and migrants in the PRC

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) critically reviewed the PRC's 9th periodic report on its implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Sixteen independent experts make up CERD and review state parties' reports and make...

Gao Zhan released

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the news of the release of Dr. Gao Zhan, a U.S.-based scholar, who was granted medical parole on Thursday. Dr. Gao will arrive in Washington D.C. today at 4 pm. "This is an example of China's hostage strategy. Secretary of State Colin Powell is on his way to...

Shandong activists petition for release of Yan Peng

Fourteen activists from Shandong Province have signed an open letter to the National People's Congress demanding the immediate release of Yan Peng, a pro-democracy activist. Yan has been detained since July 11 on charges of illegal emigration. The signatories include Yan's wife Zhong Xianye, Mu...

Olympics in Beijing An honor to the Chinese people, not approval of human rights violators

Human Rights in China (HRIC) voiced concerns today that the selection of Beijing as the host city for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games presents significant challenges both to Chinese authorities and to the international community. “The Chinese government must not repeat its past approach to hosting...

Tiananmen Mothers speak on the 12th anniversary of June 4 Massacre

To commemorate the twelfth anniversary of the bloody June Fourth, 1989 Massacre, Tiananmen Mothers call upon all people of conscience to continue the demand for accountability of the tragic event. Human Rights in China firmly supports the Tiananmen Mothers, a group of families of victims headed by...

Human Rights in China excluded from World Conference Against Racism

Today in Geneva UN member states decided to exclude HRIC from the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR), to be held in South Africa from August 31 to September 7. After the Chinese government strongly opposed HRIC’s request to participate, and in spite of the Conference Secretariat’s favorable...

NGOs urge UN member states to grant accreditation to Chinese and Tibetan human rights organizations to World Conference Against Racism

Asia-Pacific and international NGOs are urging all member states attending the Second Preparatory Committee of the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) to allow participation to the Conference of: Human Rights in China (HRIC), International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and Tibetan Centre for Human...

UN Commission on Human Rights ignores China’s human rights violations

Human Rights in China (HRIC) deplores the failure of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to uphold its mandate and address human rights violations in all parts of the world by holding China accountable for its egregious violations of human rights. Once again, China has prevented the 53-...

China's rights record criticized at UN Commission

Xiao Qiang, Executive Director of Human Rights in China (HRIC), addressed the United Nations Commission on Human Rights today, urging member states to adopt a resolution censuring China for its gross and systematic human rights abuses. Xiao Qiang delivered the following statement on behalf of the...

US-based Scholar detained in China - HRIC calls on President Bush to intercede during meeting with China's Vice-Premier

Human Rights in China today called upon President George W. Bush to intercede on behalf of a U.S.-based Chinese scholar who disappeared into detention without charge on February 11. President Bush will be meeting this week with Vice Premier Qian Qichen in Washington. Dr. Gao Zhan, a scholar at...

Study finds rights of suspects and defendants routinely violated in criminal justice system NPC urged to act now to reform Criminal Procedure Law

Last week, Human Rights in China (HRIC) sent [*] the attached letter to members of the National People’s Congress (NPC) urging them to put reform of the criminal justice system at the top of the agenda for the assembly’s current session, focusing in particular on further revisions of the Criminal...

As UN workshop opens in Beijing, Human Rights in China (HRIC) calls for the abolition of Reeducation Through Labor

On Monday February 26, the first activity in a program of technical cooperation between the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Chinese government on human rights will begin in Beijing, in the form of a workshop on the “punishment of minor crimes.” On the occasion of this...

New development in Li Peng lawsuit - Court conference set for Friday

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York will hold a conference on the Li Peng lawsuit regarding the US State Department’s refusal to comply with plaintiffs’ discovery requests. To date, Defendant Li Peng has not entered an appearance in the case. However, the US State...

Letter to Kofi Annan

Mr. Kofi Annan Secretary-General United Nations, New York Re: Visit to China January 18, 2001 Respected Secretary-General Annan, We trust that human rights will rank high on your agenda during your visit to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Human Rights in China (HRIC) would like to share...

The Tiannanmen Papers bolster drive for accountability Department of State should let justice be served

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the publication of The Tiananmen Papers, calling them a perfect catalyst for genuine accountability for the June 4, 1989 massacre and crackdown. "This glimpse into the inner workings of China’s senior decision-making process allows us to assign responsibility...

China and UN High Commissioner for human rights sign watered-down MOU

Cooperation with UN, wording and substance call into question China’s commitment to improving human rights Human Rights in China (HRIC) is concerned that the timing and wording of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on technical cooperation by the Chinese government and the High...

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit China for signing of MOU

HRIC issues open letter With the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights set to visit China on November 20-21, Human Rights in China (HRIC) urges her office to maintain vigilance in the public monitoring of China’s rights situation. The primary purpose of the trip, the High Commissioner’s fourth...

Li Peng lawsuit pretrial conference set for Friday Tiananmen Mothers issue statement in support

Led by Ding Zilin, Zhang Xianling and Su Bingxian, a group of 110 June Fourth victims and family members in China has issued a statement entitled, “A Declaration on the U.S. Federal Court’s Acceptance of the Lawsuit Brought by June Fourth Victims Against Li Peng for Crimes Against Humanity.” (Full...

NGOS urge response to grievances over Three Gorges resettlement

As violence grows in the Three Gorges resettlement areas, international NGOs call for immediate action by government and investors to address affected peoples' grievances. Reports from the areas to be flooded by the mammoth Three Gorges Dam tell of an alarming rise in violent incidents sparked by...

Chinese leader sued for gross human rights violations Tiananmen survivor and student leaders demand accountability

Li Peng, the Premier of China at the time of the Tiananmen protests and massacre in 1989 was served this morning with a U.S. federal lawsuit alleging massive human rights violations. The action was brought forward by Liming Zhang, an eyewitness to the bloodshed whose sister was shot dead by martial...

Li Peng should address June 4 Massacre; Tiananmen mothers' petition endorsed by 20,000 worldwide

Upon Li Peng's visit to New York, Human Rights in China (HRIC) amplifies the basic demands of the Tiananmen Mothers, urging accountability for the June 4, 1989 massacre. The Tiananmen Mothers, a network of courageous family members who lost loved ones in the 1989 tragedy, have made repeated...

June Fourth victims demand exclusion of Li Peng

A group of 110 family members of those killed and wounded in the June 4 Massacre have demanded that the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) cancel an invitation to former Chinese Premier Li Peng to participate in the Conference of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments. In an open letter to IPU...

New Culture Forum issues statement

Xin Wenming issued a statement in response to the government shut-down of the New Culture Forum website. (below) The statement denounces the Chinese government for suppressing freedom of expression on the Internet and calls for the end to the nationwide crackdown on websites that engage in...

Democracy activists' website shut down

Chinese state security authorities have shut down the New Culture Forum website for posting "reactionary content." The site, which is the first China-based site started by veteran democracy activists, is run by a group of dissidents in Shandong Province. Authorities have begun a manhunt for the...

Human Rights in China calls on China’s leaders to honor international obligations and protect refugees from North Korea

Journalists and aid workers have documented the plight of escapees from North Korea who have taken shelter in northeastern China. These vulnerable people are increasingly being sent back to the country they fled, where they are believed to face torture, ill-treatment, imprisonment and even...

In involuntary resettlement for China projects, the World Bank ignores its own guidelines

For some years now, the World Bank has been promoting the People’s Republic of China as a model of "best practice" for the developing world in the contested area of involuntary resettlement. This evaluation has been widely repeated, and most recently has been adopted in several papers commissioned...

Tiananmen mothers seek global support for campaign to end impunity

Eleven years after the June Fourth 1989 Massacre (See "Report" session at our website), Ding Zilin and the Tiananmen Mothers are appealing for global support in their campaign for accountability by taking their cause to cyberspace and by allying with regional and international groups against...

Bao Tong files complaint with top public security officials

Former Chinese official Bao Tong, issued a letter of complaint to China’s Ministry of Public Security yesterday, denouncing the escalated harassment that he and his wife have suffered at the hands of a group that shadows them 24 hours a day. The letter, made public today, was also sent to China’s...

Tiananmen families demand an answer to their request for a criminal investigation

On May 24, a letter signed by 108 family members of victims of the June Fourth 1989 Massacre was sent to China’s top prosecutorial body demanding the response to the petition they submitted at this time last year to which they are entitled under Chinese law. The letter, which is translated in full...

China: Impunity for torturers continues - despite changes in the law

Today hearings on the report regarding China’s implementation of the U.N. Convention Against Torture begin at the United Nations in Geneva. The report was submitted by the Chinese government to the Committee that monitors this treaty. In a shadow report to the Committee, Human Rights in China (HRIC...

HRIC deplores Commission's failure to act

Human Rights in China (HRIC) expresses extreme disappointment in the failure of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights to go forward with a resolution criticizing China’s human rights record today. The Commission passed a motion of “no-action” (See related article below) with a final tally of 22 to...

Human Rights Commission must censure China

Human Rights in China (HRIC) urgently calls on the U.N. Commission on Human Rights to pass a resolution criticizing China on its dismal human rights record. This last-ditch call for action comes on the eve of the monitoring body’s vote on the China resolution, and in the midst of the Chinese...

Stop persecution of Ding Zilin and June Fourth mothers

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is outraged by the Chinese government’s continued persecution of Ding Zilin and victims of the June 4, 1989 Beijing Massacre. On April 1, 2000, Lois Wheeler Snow, the 79-year-old widow of noted sinologist Edgar Snow, was barred from visiting Ding Zilin in her Beijing...

China's human rights record criticized at U.N. meeting: Action called for in response to worst human rights violations since 1989 massacre

At yesterday’s session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Xiao Qiang delivered the following statement on behalf of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. Mr. Xiao is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights and Executive...

Focus on China at the U.N. Commission on human rights

Human Rights in China (HRIC) will send a delegation to Geneva for the Commission on Human Rights from March 28 to April 14. HRIC Director Xiao Qiang and U.N. Liaison B?trice Laroche will be available for interviews to discuss the human rights situation in China. They can be reached at: Hotel Mon...

European Union must sponsor China resolution

Joint press release from: Amnesty International, Human Rights In China, Human Rights Watch, Int'l Federation of Human Rights, International Campaign for Tibet, Reporters Sans Fronti?es. As the 56th session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights approaches, we, the undersigned organizations, urge...

Ding Zilin protests block on June Fourth funds

Ding Zilin issues protest letter to Chinese leaders, condemning the persecution of Lu Wenhe and his elderly father. Lu was prevented from delivering over $25,000 in humanitarian assistance funds to Ding and Tiananmen victims, and was forced to sign over the funds to State Security authorities. Lu’s...

State security authorities extort June Fourth funds

During a recent visit to China, Wen-he Lu was forcibly prevented from delivering over $25,000 in humanitarian assistance funds to Ding Zilin and the families of June 4 victims. On his way to Ding Zilin’s home, Lu was pulled over, coercively detained for interrogation and placed under residential...

China's human rights record under international scrutiny

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the decision by the U.S. government to introduce a resolution censuring China’s human rights situation at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in Geneva this March. HRIC praises the U.S. government for recognizing China’s intensified crackdown on dissent,...

Sentencing of Falungong members reveals the true face of China's

Human Rights in China (HRIC) strongly condemns the secret show trials and severe sentencing to up to eighteen years imprisonment of four key members of the Falun Gong spiritual group on December 26. Two of the sentences, for 18 years in one case and 16 years in another, were the harshest sentences...

HRIC welcomes receipt of Defender's Day Award

On Thursday, December 9, Human Rights in China (HRIC) received a Defenders' Day Award from the International League for Human Rights, a non-governmental organization (NGO) devoted to strengthening international human rights institutions. According to the International League for Human Rights, the...

Wang Wanxing: Activist forcibly re-committed to psychiatric facility

Veteran activist Wang Wanxing has been forcibly re-committed to a psychiatric facility. Wang had already spent over seven years confined to Ankang Hospital, a psychiatric institution run by the Beijing Public Security Bureau, after a 1992 attempt to unfurl a banner in Tiananmen Square,...

HRIC elects new co-chairs ushers in new era of activity

Human Rights in China (HRIC) held its annual board meeting on November 5, electing prominent astrophysicist Fang Lizhi and seasoned human rights advocate Robert L. Bernstein as co-chairs of the board of directors. The meeting - which marked HRIC’s first gathering of directors in the organization’s...

Jiang Qisheng: Writer of open letter on the 10th Anniversary of the June Fourth Massacre tried for subversion

On November 1, June Fourth activist Jiang Qisheng was tried for "propagating and instigating subversion." His main "crime" was organizing an open letter to the Chinese public that called for the collective commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the June Fourth Massacre. His lawyer, Mao Shaoping...

Chinese President's tour must put substance before ceremony

Human Rights in China calls on President Jiang Zemin and his foreign counterparts to put human rights at the forefront of bilateral discussions during the Chinese leader’s six-nation tour. Jiang’s visit to the United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Morocco, Algeria and Saudi Arabia provides a valuable...

Nationwide system of arbitrary detention revealed Not welcome at the party: behind the “clean-up” of China’s cities A report on administrative detention under “Custody and Repatriation”

To “prepare” for the National Day celebrations, for some months police in cities across the country have been detaining people in a “clean-up” campaign to clear the streets of those deemed undesirable by urban authorities. The vast majority of detainees are ordinary migrant workers. Other prime...

Fortune: Conference excludes human rights

Fortune magazine’s 1999 Global Forum opened in Shanghai today, with the issue of human rights glaringly absent from the agenda. The omission occurs despite Human Rights in China’s repeated appeals to Fortune editors, Time Warner executives and business leaders who are attending the conference. As...

Big Business must put human rights on the agenda

(Includes HRIC letter to Fortune conference participants and list of urgent cases of political imprisonment.) Two founding board members of Human Rights in China (HRIC) issued an appeal to top executives who will meet in Shanghai at a conference organized by Fortune magazine, calling on them to...

A dark week for human rights: the Chinese government abuses the concept of state security to imprison its critics

In the latest of a series of trials which represent egregious violations of international human rights standards, an abuse of the law and a slap in the face to the international community, the Chinese government sentenced dissident Liu Xianbin to 13 years in prison, the harshest sentence meted out...

Crackdown on Falungong demonstrates clear violations of human rights

Human Rights in China (HRIC) strongly condemns the current crackdown on Falungong practitioners, including the detention of more than 100 group leaders and thousands of followers, apparently solely for engaging in peaceful protests and exercising their rights to freedom of association and freedom...

Victims collect evidence for prosecution of June Fourth crimes launch unprecedented legal action

A group of 105 victims and family members of those killed in the 1989 crackdown have submitted a legal petition to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (China’s prosecutor general) demanding that it conduct a criminal investigation into the June Fourth Massacre and bring prosecutions against those...

U.N. Commission’s silence on China’s rights record “irresponsible,” says HRIC

The U.N. Commission on Human Rights today shied away from condemning the deteriorating human rights situation in China. The Commission ignored reports, both from its own human rights mechanisms and from independent NGOs, that the Chinese government routinely violates its citizens’ most fundamental...

China and Indonesia criticized at UN meeting for use of national security laws to violate human rights

A joint press release from Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center and Human Rights in China At today's session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights presented the following statement on human rights violations in China and...

U.N. Commission to examine China's human rights violations

Human Rights in China welcomes the decision today by the U.S. government to introduce a resolution on China’s human rights situation at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. HRIC praises the U.S. government for following up on its assessment that the Chinese human rights situation has been...

Ten Years after June Fourth massacre, China needs a resolution

Ten years after the June Fourth Massacre, China is experiencing another wave of severe repression of human rights and democracy activists. HRIC and FIDH urge the European Union to implement the resolution adopted today by the European Parliament calling on the E.U. to “make China a priority at the...

Put rights on the agenda: HRIC's proposals to the National People's Congress

To: Delegates of the National People's Congress Re: Proposals for making human rights protections a key focus of the upcoming session As the National People's Congress meets to consider historic revisions to China's 1982 Constitution recognizing a legitimate role for the private economy in the...

China Democracy Party founders hit with harsh sentences

Human Rights in China is outraged with the sentencing of China Democracy Party (CDP) founders Wang Youcai and Xu Wenli to prison terms of 11 and 13 years, respectively. The sentences were handed down after separate one-day trials that were closed to the public. Both Wang Youcai and Xu Wenli were...

Liu Nianchun released as hostage game continues

Liu Nianchun, veteran democracy and labor activist, was released on medical parole today and exiled to the United States. His release comes after more than one year in incommunicado detention, over two years of Reeducation Through Labor, and protracted mistreatment. Human Rights in China welcomes...

Liu Nianchun Statement Press Conference sponsored by Human Rights in China and Human Rights Watch

Venue: Human Rights Watch Conference Room, New York Ladies and Gentlemen: Standing before you today, I feel very strange, as if in a dream. Only two days ago, I was in a Reeducation Through Labor camp in China. I was extremely sick, and it was very difficult to get a medical examination, and even...

“State Security”: A Tool of Repression at the Trials of Wang Youcai and Qin Yongmin

Human Rights in China condemns the Chinese government's resort to the notion of "state security" as a tool of political repression. Thousands of peaceful democracy and religious activists remain behind bars in China today. The repeated use of "state security" as a political weapon to silence...

China muzzles citizens: Cyberspace prisoner on trial

Human Rights in China (HRIC) strongly condemns China's decision to prosecute Lin Hai, a computer company owner who allegedly provided addresses of Chinese Internet users to the U.S.-based on-line magazine Dacankao. HRIC believes the prosecution of Lin Hai to be a blatant violation of the right to...

Continued persecution of protestants

China's persecution of protestants continues as house church leader - Cheng Meiying is beaten unconscious, Li Qingrui is shot, and others are detained and given exorbitant fines. Over 70 protestants remain in detention. Following the October 26 and November 5 crackdowns on Protestants in the Henan...

Bound and gagged: Freedom of association in China further curtailed under new regulations

In the same month as finally signing on to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which enshrines the right to freedom of association,1 the Chinese government has passed laws which aim to enforce even more strictly than before its long-held position that Chinese citizens may not...

A letter of severe protest and urgent appeal

Re: The illegal freezing of June 4 humanitarian assistance funds by the Beijing State Security Bureau To: The Chinese government U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson The leaders and parliamentarians of all countries Amnesty International Human Rights Watch/Asia Human Rights...

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes signing of covenant calls for speedy ratification and practical steps to implement rights

HRIC welcomes China's signing of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) today. This gesture implies a commitment on the part of the government to refrain from actions which violate the rights contained in the ICCPR. We hope that this will be followed quickly by concrete...

Human Rights in China issues two groundbreaking documents: The Declaration on Civil Rights and Freedom and the Declaration on Civil Rights and Social Justice

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE TWO DECLARATIONS Human Rights in China is issuing two important documents from China: the Declaration on Civil Rights and Freedom and the Declaration on Civil Rights and Social Justice. These two documents have unique significance in representing China's human rights and...

Wang Dan's first statement from Henry Ford Hospital Rights Mary Robinson regarding detainment and beating of Chu Hailan

New York, 9 September 1998 High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Mary Robinson Palais des Nations 1211 Geneve 10 To the respected U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson: I am writing to you regarding the recent detention and beating of Ms.Chu Hailan, who strongly hoped to meet...

Human Rights in China sends letter to High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson outlining the current human rights situation in China in preparation for the High Commissioner's upcoming visit

New York, 13 August 1998 High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Mary Robinson Palais des Nations 1211 Geneve 10 Re: Visit to China Dear Ms. High Commissioner, As you prepare for your visit to China, we at Human Rights in China (HRIC) take this opportunity to express our hope that you may be...

China in preparation for the High Commissioner's upcoming visit

A report - From principle to pragmatism: Can dialogue' improve China's human rights situation? by Human Rights in China Nine years after the brutal suppression of the 1989 Democracy Movement, international efforts to press the Chinese government to improve its human rights practices are moving...

Letter to President Clinton

Human Rights in China sends letter to President Clinton urging him to do three things during his upcoming visit to the People's Republic of China: 1) To publicly express his condemnation of the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre and his support for the Chinese human rights and democracy movement; 2) To press...

Wang Dan press conference statement

The Harold M. Proshansky Auditorium The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, April 23, 1998, 11 a.m.Jointly sponsored by Amnesty International, Human Rights in China, Human Rights Watch, and the New York Academy of Sciences Wang Dan's Statement Ladies, gentlemen...

One Release is not enough Human Rights in China welcomes release of Wang Dan, calls for release of other political prisoners

Human Rights in China welcomes the release of Wang Dan, but regrets that Wang is being forced into exile. Human Rights in China calls on the Chinese government to stop using imprisoned dissidents as bargaining chips in a game of hostage politics and begin addressing the serious human rights...

Wang Dan's first statement from Henry Ford Hospital

Human Rights in China's Executive Director Xiao Qiang and Chairman Liu Qing have met with Wang Dan in Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital, where he is undergoing a complete medical evaluation. Wang Dan has also spoken with prominent dissidents Wei Jingsheng and Li Shuxian. Wang Dan is in good spirits and...

Human Rights in China protests deportation of activist and academic Xiaorong Li

Human Rights in China strongly protests the detention and deportation of Xiaorong Li by China's Ministry of Public Security. On April 3, 1998, Ms. Li, who is a U.S. citizen, entered China with a valid visa issued by the Ministry of Public Security's Exit and Entry Processing Division. Less than an...

Human Rights Groups call on the European Union not to sacrifice human rights and press freedom on the altar of economics

An Reporters Sans Fronti?es, Article 19, and Human Rights in China Joint Statement As the European Union and China hold talks in London, as part of the ASEM conference, on 3 and 4 April, Article 19, Reporters Sans Fronti?es and Human Rights in China say:"The European Union must not sacrifice human...

New study forecasts Three Gorges resettlement disaster

An International Rivers Network and Human Rights in China Joint Report As dam-affected people from around the world prepare for Saturday's first International Day of Action Against Dams and for Rivers[*], a study released today documents serious deficiencies in the largest resettlement program in...

Open letter to the National People's Congress from Human Rights in China

Human Rights in China has sent the following open letter to the members of the National People's Congress today: Respected Delegates: As the first annual meeting of the ninth National People's Congress (NPC) opens tomorrow, Human Rights in China calls on you to demonstrate your commitment to...

Letter to Jiang Zemin from the parents of imprisoned dissident Wang Dan

Chairman Jiang Zemin, Salutations. Our son Wang Dan was sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment for the crime of "plotting to subvert the government" by the Beijing Intermediate People's Court in October 1996. The trial proceedings of this case were unjust, lacking the factual basis required by law...

Human Rights in China demands release of further political prisoners

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the release of veteran human rights activist and democracy champion Wei Jingsheng. Credit for securing Wei's release belongs to the years of dedicated effort that his family, international human rights organizations, journalists, governments, and countless...

Rights group welcomes signing of Covenant urges China to release imprisoned human rights activists and implement the rights Covenant contains

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes China's signing of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), a move for which the organization has been lobbying for many years and which is an important step forward for the international monitoring of human rights conditions...

17 prominent Chinese dissidents living in exile in the U.S. - demand the right to return to China

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On the occasion of President Clinton's summit with Chinese President Jiang Zemin, seventeen exiled Chinese scholars, labor organizers and former student activists will join AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA, HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA and HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH at a PRESS CONFERENCE to present...

Tibetan Chadrel Rinpoche held in a secret compound in Chuandong (Eastern Sichuan) No. 3 Prison on hunger strike since July

Human Rights in China (HRIC) and Transnational Radical Party (TRP) are launching a worldwide campaign to support the nomination of Chinese dissidents Wei Jingsheng and Wang Dan for the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize. In 1997, over 1000 members of national assemblies, Nobel laureates and scholars worldwide...

Tibetan Chadrel Rinpoche held in a secret compound in Chuandong (Eastern Sichuan) No. 3 Prison on hunger strike since July

Human Rights in China has learned from multiple independent sources that Chadrel Rinpoche, 58, former abbot of Tashilhunpo monastery and head of the official search team for the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, is being held at Chuandong No.3 Prison in Dazu County, Sichuan. This is the first news...

Large-scale workers demonstration break out after their factories declare bankruptcy

Over 100,000 workers demonstrate in Mianyang City, Sichuan Province, after their factories declare bankruptcy and officials embezzle their unemployment relief money The People's Armed Police suppress the protestors with force, resulting in heavy arrests and injuries Prominent Sichuan dissident Li...

Human Rights in China calls upon the Chinese government to release political prisoners

On the eve of the return of Hong Kong to China, Human Rights in China calls upon the Chinese government to mark this historic occasion by releasing all prisoners of conscience currently being held in China. By releasing Wei Jingsheng, Wang Dan, and others jailed for peacefully advocating the rule...

Anhui dissident Shen Liangqing writes open letter to the National People's Congress appealing for an official reassessment of the June 4, 1989 massacre and compensation for its victims

Human Rights in China co-releases a petition letter from 3,000 people worldwide, including 24 Nobel laureates, calling for the immediate release of June 4 student leader Wang Dan and all political prisoners in China. In a twelve-point open letter to the National People's Congress marking the...

Stand in for Wei Jingsheng

12 May 1997 Amnesty International USA Human Rights in China Human Rights Watch The International Freedom to Publish Committee of the AAP The Lawyers Committee for Human Rights PEN American Center Physicians for Human Rights and Viking Penguin invite you to "Stand in for Wei Jingsheng" An event...

Chinese legal

Recent legal reforms in China related to internal security represent the culmination of a ten-year effort to strengthen authoritarian controls and have ominous implications for Hong Kong, two human rights organizations said today. In a 50-page report, "Whose Security? State Security in China's New...

While China prevents the UN Commission from fulfilling its mandate, the 7th attempt to present a resolution on China continues to produce significant pressure on the Chinese government

Human Rights in China (HRIC) regrets the decision of the UN Commission on Human Rights to adopt a so-called no-action motion, a procedural device misused by China to block a resolution on its human rights record. In spite of this decision, HRIC believes that the attempt to present this resolution...

Han Xiaorong barred from entering China at Shenzhen despite holding valid Chinese passport

Planning on returning to China for a month-long vacation to visit her family in Beijing and Nanjing, Han Xiaorong, 42, a Chinese citizen currently living and working in New York City, arrived in Hong Kong on March 4. On the morning of March 6, after a short stay with friends in Hong Kong, she...

Rights groups urge scrutiny of Chinese

A joint release with Human Rights Watch/Asia The annual session of China's National People's Congress (NPC), which opens tomorrow, is expected to enact extensive revisions to the nation's criminal code including the elimination of the statutes on "counterrevolution," which have in the past been...

In the wake of Deng Xiaoping's passing, Human Rights in China calls on the government of the People's Republic of China to declare a general amnesty for all prisoners of conscience currently being held throughout China

Deng Xiaoping leaves behind not only a legacy of economic liberalization and reform, but of authoritarian repression that has systematically suppressed all demands for human rights and democracy in China. The citizens gunned down on the streets of Beijing in 1989 and the thousands of individuals...

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