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The long awaited trial of the case of veteran Sichuan activist Huang Qi ( 黄琦) began and ended two days ago, on January 14, with little information available to the outside world about its outcome or what transpired. As has been widely reported, supporters and foreign diplomats seeking to attend the...
In a Congressional hearing today, faced with questions from multiple members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee about Google’ s controversial Dragonfly Project—a search engine in development designed to meet the censorship requirements of the Chinese government—Google CEO Sundar Pichai...
HRIC joins 70 NGOs, individuals in an open letter led by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International to urge Google to drop the development of a censored search engine for the Chinese market. OPEN LETTER: RESPONSE TO GOOGLE on PROJECT DRAGONFLY, CHINA AND HUMAN RIGHTS To: Sundar Pichai, Chief...
On November 9 and 11, continuing their attempt to crush the support for a campaign to form an independent union by workers at the factory of Jasic Technology in Shenzhen, authorities seized 18 supporters in five cities—Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Wuhan. The actions included the...
In a statement authenticated by her thumbprint, Pu Wenqing ( 蒲文清) , 85, mother of Huang Qi ( 黄琦) , the Sichuan rights activist in prolonged detention, says that the authorities have deployed large amounts of resources to monitor her as she petitions for justice for her son. She says if she is...
China’s continued repression of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang and Tibet and acts in blatant violation of religious and cultural rights and freedoms protected under international law remained a focus of the concerns raised by many states during the Universal Periodic Review of China at the UN Human...
On November 6, at the United Nations in Geneva, China will undergo the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of its human rights record. The review takes place amid mounting reports of mass internment of ethnic Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), and as China has stepped up...
The following narrative—signed by and in the first-person voice of Huang Qi, the detained Sichuan rights activist—is excerpted from the record made by lawyer Liu Zhengqing of what Huang said to him during their meeting on September 7, 2018. Photos of the original record in Chinese, credited to Wu...
In her appeal below, Chu Ling ( 楚玲 ), the wife of the imprisoned political cartoonist and rights activist Jiang Yefei ( 姜野飞 ) , urges the Canadian government, the United Nations, and international human rights organizations to intervene in her husband’s case. Chu calls on them to pressure the...
In a report issued today, a UN committee of independent experts detail numerous concerns over the adequacy of the Chinese government’s efforts in implementing its treaty obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) to respect and...
This week, international media reported with some alarm the news that Google is building a version of its search engine for mobile users in China that is designed to restrict information flow by filtering out search terms including human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest...
In this update, the students and recent graduates of Peking University who initiated the public statement on July 29 to support the detained Jasic workers in Shenzhen report that their statement has garnered more than 1,600 signatures in just one day—despite the statement having been deleted from...
On July 27, 30 of workers and their supporters at Jasic Technology Co., Ltd. in Shenzhen, who were demanding to form a labor union, were detained by the police. On July 29, Yue Xin ( 岳昕 ), a recent graduate of Peking University’s School of Foreign Languages, initiated a signature campaign for a...
The Guardian, July 11, 2018

On July 10, 2018, Qin Yongmin, 64, veteran democracy activist, a cofounder of the China Democracy Party and founder of China Human Rights Watch, is sentenced to 13 years in prison for “subversion of state power.” This sentence, on top of the 22 years he had previously served, will make him one of the longest-serving political prisoners in China.

See more on Qin Yongmin.

"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]

  • 2018 Universal Periodic Review of 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

  • Ensuring Safe & Sustainable Civil Society Space Within UN Human Rights Bodies: Challenges & Recommendations (ENCH)

Submitted as input into the report by the High Commissioner on the procedures and practices of civil society involvement with regional and international organizations requested under the Human Rights Council (HRC) Resolution 32/31.

October 30, 2017

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

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  • 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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