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A 2018 murder in Taiwan committed by a Hong Kong man was used by the Hong Kong SAR government as a pretext to introduce amendments to two ordinances to allow extradition of criminal suspects to countries with which the government does not have extradition arrangements, including mainland China. The proposed amendments—with profound implications for fundamental freedoms of all people living in or visiting Hong Kong—triggered massive and vocal opposition from the people of Hong Kong and condemnations from foreign governments and international bodies. In June 2019, Hong Kong people took to the streets in a series of demonstrations, including a march of an estimated two million people on June 16, the largest in Hong Kong’s history. “We vow to be free Hong Kongers,” says one placard (the one with a tank in the photo above) in the June 16 march. HRIC has compiled a brief timeline of the developments and protests surrounding the extradition amendments.
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In a September 2, 2019 Twitter post titled, " Being Summoned for the Second Time ,"* Cheng Hao, the brother of detained Changsha activist Cheng Yuan, provides an account of his being summoned again by the Zhonghuamen police station in Nanjing. According to his account, three police officers came to...
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The almost three-month-long struggle of the people of Hong Kong has become the biggest crisis that Xi Jinping has faced since he took office. Since the beginning of the year, the highest authorities in Beijing have been aware that China's overall situation is far from favorable, as a multitude of...

A brief timeline of the developments surrounding the extradition amendments introduced by the Hong Kong SAR government, which triggered a series of mass demonstrations, including a march of an estimated two million people on June 16, 2019, the largest in Hong Kong’s history.

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Over the past eleven weeks, the international community has watched with alarm the escalation of violence by the Hong Kong police force against a diverse swath of Hong Kong people engaged in peaceful demonstrations against an extradition bill introduced by Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of the...
On August 12, Cheng Hao, brother of Cheng Yuan, the detained Changsha legal advocate, posted a statement (see below) on Twitter about his interrogation by the police of Zhonghuamen police station in Nanjing on August 8, on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” (寻衅滋事). Cheng Hao was...
In a case that has shaken anti-discrimination rights defense circles inside China and overseas, state security detained on July 22 three disability rights legal advocates working in Changsha— Cheng Yuan ( 程渊) , Liu Yongze ( 刘永泽) , and Wu Gejianxiong ( 吴葛健雄) —on suspicion of “subversion of state...
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The Mianyang Intermediate People’s Court on July 29, 2019, found veteran Sichuan activist Huang Qi ( 黄琦) guilty of “illegally providing state secrets abroad” and “intentionally leaking state secrets.” He was sentenced to 12 years in prison, deprived of political rights for four years, and fined RMB...
In a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, Human Rights in China urges her to speak out publicly, strongly, and unequivocally to support the people of Hong Kong in their demand for the full withdrawal of an extradition bill that has triggered, over recent weeks,...
The hearing was convened by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC), and hosted by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, June 4, 2019.
United States June 1 , San Francisco: Seminar on the Tiananmen Massacre , 2-5pm, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall (旧金山国父纪念馆), 2121, 836 Stockton Street, 94108. June 1 , San Francisco; Candlelight Vigil , 7pm, Chinatown Portsmouth Square (旧金山中国城花园角). June 1 , Washington D.C.: Candlelight Vigil, 6:30-9:...
In the 30 years that have passed since the bloody June Fourth crackdown, many events have faded from my memory. But the two killing scenes I witnessed on June 4, 1989 have been etched in my mind, impossible to erase. I am writing to share my experience to mark June Fourth, the day of national...
A CECC hearing (livestream)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

The hearing will be livestreamed on the CECC’s YouTube page.

Witnesses:

  • Joshua Wong: Secretary-General, Demosistō and “Umbrella Movement” Leader
  • Denise Ho: Pro-democracy Activist and Cantopop Singer and Actress
  • Sunny Cheung: Spokesperson, Hong Kong Higher Education International Affairs Delegation (HKIAD)
  • Sharon Hom: Executive Director, Human Rights in China and Professor of Law Emerita, City University of New York
  • Dan Garrett, PhD: Author, Counter-hegemonic Resistance in China’s Hong Kong: Visualizing Protest in the City (2014)
BBC Newshour, August 30, 2019

(Hom segment starts at 05:55)

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For the 30th anniversary of June Fourth, HRIC presents the “Unforgotten” project—a series of profiles of those killed by the Chinese martial law troops. Based on the information accumulated by the Tiananmen Mothers over nearly three decades, “Unforgotten” seeks to honor the lives of the fallen by telling their stories, and generate international support for the Tiananmen Mothers in their three demands from the Chinese government: the truth of what happened, accountability for the killing of unarmed civilians, and compensation to survivors and families of those killed. More profiles will be added to this first group of 30.

In Memoriam

Robert L. Bernstein

1923-2019

Chair emeritus and beloved supporter of
Human Rights in China

With gratitude and in friendship
The staff of HRIC

 

  • Liu Qing, Remarks for the Celebration of the Life of Robert L. Bernstein, July 3, 2019 (EN, CH)
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