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In the spring of 2010, Human Rights in China launched Citizens’ Square , an online forum where Chinese rights defenders, petitioners, and others can post open letters, statements, court and other official documents, and photographs to publicize their stories.
The story of the struggle between residents of a seaside village and the local government determined to seize the land. The version of the Beihai map to be published next year will quite possibly no longer show the village of Baihutou. In fact, the land of Baihutou Village was expropriated four...
[Translation by HRIC] To the Hangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau: Chinese citizens Wu Yilong, Chen Shuqing, Zhu Yufu, Mao Qingxiang, Zhu Zhengming, and Wang Rongqing submit this application to this honorable bureau [for a permit] for a demonstration to assert rights and call for political...
A former Special Advisor for China in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, recounts the origins of U.S. official legal reform exchanges with China and how the approach has changed. The 1997-98 US-China Summits: From Human Rights to Rule of Law? At the close of...
Catherine Barber and Corinna-Barbara Francis of Amnesty International, Antoine Madelin of the International Federation for Human Rights, Vincent Metten of the International Campaign for Tibet, and Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch appraise the dialogue process. As part of their engagement...
Letter to U.S. President Barack Obama Julie Harms November 17, 2009, Beijing Dear Mr. President, As an American citizen, and a frequent visitor to China, with strong connections to both countries, I fully support your effort to engage China as a strategic partner and ally. I hope that you will take...
Liu Xiaobo 2006 Translation by HRIC, based on a translation by J.
January 13, 2000 Translation by HRIC. Dear Beardie or Baldie: I’ve been reading your My Testimony [unofficial translation of 《证词》, Zhengci ] day and night. Liu Xia read it very fast; I read it much more slowly. Between reading it ten lines at a time and spending time to understand each word, I’m...
HRIC Interview On January 19, 2010, Václav Havel—playwright and former dissident who became the last president of Czechoslovakia and later the first president of the Czech Republic—spoke with HRIC executive director Sharon Hom about Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 , and the difficult process of democratic...

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