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On June 16, 2016, Lam Wing-kee, one of the five Causeway Bay booksellers who went missing last fall and later turned up in mainland custody, spoke out publicly and exposed his traumatic eight-month detention by a “Central Special Unit” (中央专案组). During this time, Lam said he was interrogated nearly...
Two days after a closed-door hearing on the appeal by 71-year-old veteran journalist Gao Yu ( 高瑜 ) , the Beijing High People’s Court ruled today to reduce her sentence by two years. In a separate decision, the Beijing Municipal No. 3 Intermediate People’s Court, the court of first instance,...
President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 We write regarding the state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 24-25, 2015. Our organizations have worked to help promote and defend human rights in China for decades, and are deeply...
August 5, 2015 President Xi Jinping General Secretary Office Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Zhongnanhai Ximen Fuyou Street Xicheng District Beijing 100017 People’s Republic of China Mr. Meng Jianzhu Secretary of Central Politics and Law Commission 14 Beichizi Street Dongcheng...
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...
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,...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] In the 1970s, an article in Undergrad —a periodical published by the Student Council of the University of Hong Kong (HKU)—resonated with many people with its description of Hong Kong as a “free yet undemocratic” city. Although people argued over whether Hong...
Yao Wentian, editor-in-chief of the Hong Kong-based, Morning Bell Press, was arrested and held in Shenzhen for three months. Authorities accused Yao of carrying contraband, but those familiar with the circumstances believe that his arrest is related to the upcoming publication of a book that...
In 1983, I spent five weeks traveling around China with my family on our first visit to the country. In those days, less than a decade after the death of Mao Zedong and the end of the Cultural Revolution, people were still wary of speaking to foreigners. Although my young daughter and I attracted...
January 7, 2013 [English translation by Human Rights in China]

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