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On April 4, 2018, the 999th day of the incommunicado detention of rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang (王全璋), his wife, Li Wenzu (李文足, in red coat), began a protest march from their hometown Beijing to Tianjin, where he is believed to be held. Wang was disappeared in July 2015 and indicted in February 2017 on charges of “subversion of state power.” He is the remaining detainee among some 300 lawyers and defenders targeted in the 709 Crackdown. He has never been granted access to lawyers or family visits. Photo source: @709liwenzu (Twitter).
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Pu Wenqing ( 蒲文清 ), mother of detained Sichuan rights activist Huang Qi ( 黄琦) , recently sent an appeal to request the Central Inspection Team to instruct relevant authorities in Sichuan Province and Mianyang Municipality to openly and fairly handle Huang Qi’s case in accordance with the law, and...
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Open Letter To President Xi Jinping RE: Immediate and unconditional release of Tibetan language advocate, Tashi Wangchuk Our organisations are committed to freedom of expression, freedom of the press and human rights in Tibet and China. We are writing today, on World Press Freedom Day, to express...
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[PDF version] Dear Secretary-General, In advance of the preparation of your upcoming second biennial report on “the status of the human rights treaty body system and the progress achieved by the UN human rights treaty bodies in realizing greater efficiency and effectiveness in their work” as set...
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[PDF version] Your Excellency, We write prior to the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to urge your delegation to send a clear message to China denouncing its rollback in respect for human rights. Since President Xi Jinping assumed power in March 2013, Chinese authorities have...
Below is a translation of a message from Li Wenzu ( 李文足 ) , wife of disappeared lawyer Wang Quanzhang ( 王全璋 ) , who has been put under house arrest in Beijing. The message was tweeted out on April 11 by Cai Chu ( 蔡楚 ) , chief editor of the minzhuzhongguo.org and canyu.org websites. On April 4, 2018...
On April 4, 2018, the 999th day of her husband’s disappearance, Li Wenzu , wife of lawyer Wang Quanzhang who was arrested in the 709 Crackdown, started her march, from the Supreme People’s Court in Beijing to the Tianjin No.2 Intermediate People's Court to search for her husband. On April 9, 2018,...
Lois Wheeler Snow died on April 3, 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland. The actress and author was an outspoken critic of human rights abuses in China. Born in 1920 in Stockton, California, Ms. Snow was the widow of journalist Edgar Snow, whose 1937 book on the Communist revolution, Red Star Over China ,...
In a parallel report submitted to the Human Rights Council, HRIC cautions that China has been mounting a systematic campaign at the United Nations to undermine the existing human rights system with consequences for Chinese people and for the effectiveness of human rights protections for all people...
In an appeal submitted last week, Liu Yao ( 刘尧 ) , a well-known former rights defense lawyer sentenced to 20 years in prison and a fine of RMB 1.4 million ($221,000) for “extortion,” “fraud,” and “buying trafficked children,” asks the Guangdong Provincial Procuratorate to vacate his conviction. Liu...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] 1 The Chinese Spring Festival in 2018 came late. February 15 was the anniversary of Mr. Edgar Snow's death, also Lunar New Year’s Eve. This happened to be a time of long holidays, when people were either busy preparing meals for family reunions at home or out...
In a near-unanimous vote on March 11, the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, passed the proposed 21 amendments to the Chinese constitution. Among the most consequential are the removal of the two-term limit on the presidency and vice-presidency (Art. 79), and the relocation of the...
In his essay, “Sino-U.S. Relations: Engagement or Hostility?” Gao Wenqian, HRIC’s Senior Policy Advisor, questions key assumptions by Western observers about President Xi Jinping’s grip on power and highlights an important opportunity—and the imperative—for the U.S. to stand firm on human rights in...
[Delivered at a rally jointly organized by the U.S. Tibet Committee, Dokham Chushi Gangdruk of New York and New Jersey, Regional Tibetan Youth Association of New York and New Jersey, and Students for a Free Tibet, NYC] Human Rights in China protests and condemns the prolonged-detention and...
Nearly a year ago, on November 28, 2016, Sichuan rights activist Huang Qi (黄琦) was detained by police in Chengdu and formally arrested the following month on suspicion of “illegally providing state secrets abroad.” Huang, a founder of 64 Tianwang Human Rights Center, has been in custody without a...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] I haven’t seen Huang Qi for three months. Originally, I had planned to see him after reviewing the case files. But after all this waiting, the permission to review the files never came. Although I haven’t been able to read the files, I still have to inform...
A day before the Hong Kong Final Court of Appeal’s hearing on whether it would allow pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law to appeal their prison sentences, two UN experts urge the court to consider their cases “in accordance with Hong Kong’s obligations under international human...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Chinese original was published by Radio Free Asia. On August 18, two videos of Liu Xia ( 刘霞 ) , the widow of Liu Xiaobo ( 刘晓波 ) , began circulating online. These clips appear to have been made and released by Chinese authorities with the purpose of letting the...
"Upfront," Aljazeera, April 6, 2018

HRIC executive director Sharon Hom and Qinduo Xu, senior fellow at the Pangoal Institution in Beijing, debate the end of term limits for Chinese President Xi Jinping on Aljazeera’s Upfront. [Segment starts at 14:35]

November 2018
  • Stakeholder submission by Human Rights In China (EN, CH)

Submitted to the Human Rights Council in Advance of the Third Universal Periodic Review of the People’s Republic of China, March 2018

A message from Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
October 30, 2017

See more on the 19th Party Congress by Gao Wenqian: EN.

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HRIC Daily Brief
Wang Qiaoling Accepts Franco-German Prize for Human Rights

Wang Qiaoling, wife of human rights lawyer Li Heping, speaks at awards ceremony while accepting a human rights prize from France and Germany, December 2016 (in Chinese).
See articles by Wang Qiaoling in HRIC's "Courageous Voices."

NGO Statement at Human Rights Council
Geneva, March 15, 2017

Delivered by HRIC as member league of the FIDH on human rights violations in China and Turkey. (At 00:46:51 or video 29 on UN Web TV.)

Reconsidering the Role of Human Rights in U.S.-China Relations

Wilson Center Kissinger Inst. on China & the U.S.

“Either/or ways of framing policy choices limit our strategic imagination. . . . We need to move away from traditional binary computing thinking and into the quantum space where both particle and wave can exist simultaneously and the possibilities are infinite.”

—Sharon Hom, HRIC Executive Director

[English Text, 中文译稿Video, English PDF]

HRIC Highlights
  • Mi Ling Tsui speaking at rally on the 57th Anniversary of the "Tibetan National Uprising Day." Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York City, March 10, 2016. Credit: HRIC photo.
  • Keith Harper, U.S. Ambassador to the Human Rights Council, delivering a joint statement by 12 governments on the human rights deterioration in China since 2015. Geneva, Switzerland, March 10, 2016. Credit: Screen capture of webtv.un.org video.
  • Panel discussion HRIC participated in at Fordham Law School. New York City, March 7, 2016.
  • HRIC Executive Director, Sharon Hom, speaking at  “Cybersecurity from China’s Perspective,” panel organized by The Christian Science Monitor. Boston, February 4, 2016. Credit: Screen capture from Christian Science Monitor’s YouTube channel.
  • HRIC staff with NGO colleagues during China’s fifth review by the Committee Against Torture. Geneva, Switzerland, November 18, 2015. Credit: HRIC photo.
  • Sharon Hom presenting at the “Internet Freedom Technology Showcase: The Future of Human Rights Online,” coordinated by the U.S. Department of State. City University of New York, September 26, 2015.
  • Sharon Hom participating in “Tenzin Delek Lives: A Memorial and Tribute.” Foley Square, New York City, August 30, 2015. Credit: HRIC photo.
  • June Fourth candlelight vigil in Victoria Park, Hong Kong, 2015. Photo Credit: HRIC photo.
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