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In 2001, the International Olympics Committee voted to award the 2008 Olympics to China, despite its human rights record and the fact that Beijing achieved a top rating in only one out of ten selection categories. In the nearly decade and a half since, not only has China failed to improved its...
Thomas Bach President International Olympic Committee Château de Vidy Case postale 356 1001 Lausanne Switzerland VIA Fax: +41 21 621 62 16 (Lausanne) VIA Email & Fax: +60 32 333 28 82 (Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre) Open Letter to IOC President Thomas Bach [ see response ] July 28, 2015 Dear...
HRIC strongly condemns the seven-year prison sentence for Gao Yu ( 高瑜) , the 71-year-old independent journalist convicted of “illegally providing state secrets abroad.” Gao is also subject to one year of post-release deprivation of political rights. The sentence was announced by the Beijing...
On the one-year anniversary of her death, Human Rights in China remembers and honors Cao Shunli ( 曹顺利) , a tireless advocate of government transparency and greater citizen participation in China’s human rights processes. Cao died in a Beijing hospital in March 2014 after six months in detention for...
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 “...
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...
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...
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...

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