Skip to content Skip to navigation


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.
New and Recent

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.

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...
See HRIC’s special website on June Fourth 30th anniversary . Thirty years ago, on June 3-4, 1989, the Chinese government unleashed massive military force against civilians in Beijing, both participants and observers of an exuberant and peaceful large-scale protest centered in Tiananmen Square which...
In advance of the 30th anniversary of the June Fourth crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement, the Tiananmen Mothers—a group of family members of those killed in the crackdown—issued the following essay to commemorate their loved ones and also to press the Chinese authorities for accountability for the killing of unarmed civilians. HRIC is honored to publish the essay—in Chinese original and English translation—at the group’s request.
According to a source inside China, since the Two Congresses started, Pu Wenqing (蒲文清) , the 86-year-old mother of Huang Qi (黄琦) , the detained veteran rights defender and the founder of 64 Tianwang website (, has been under round-the-clock monitoring by security personnel. She has...
Under intense international anticipation of the release today from prison of prominent rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong ( 江天勇) , who was convicted of the trumped up charge of “inciting subversion of state power,” the Chinese authorities have instead disappeared him. His supporters outside the Henan...
Dear Chairman Xi, We are writing to you on International Mother Language Day, a day to embrace and enjoy cultural and linguistic diversity and multilingualism. Every year since 2000, this day has been marked around the world with the aim of promoting peace and preserving mother tongues, one of the...
During Chinese New Year, Sichuan rights activist Tan Zuoren ( 谭作人) and his wife, Wang Qinghua ( 王庆华 ) visited the families of several fellow Sichuan rights defenders and activists: the mother of the imprisoned rights activist Huang Qi( 黄琦) ; the parents of Wu Guofeng( 吴国锋) , a student who died in...
In an open letter sent to heads of government missions to the UN in Geneva, Human Rights in China joins 39 other NGOs to press for a UN resolution to address the deteriorating human rights situation in China. The NGOs call for governments to use the upcoming session of the Human Rights Council (...
Your Excellency, The past year was marked by vitally important monitoring and review of China’s human rights situation by the United Nations human rights system. The upcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council provides a key opportunity to reinforce the issues raised over the last year, and...
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...
“Tiananmen at 30: Examining the Evolution of Repression in China,” June 4, 2019

HRIC testified on the significance of the work of the Tiananmen Mothers in defying state-enforced amnesia about June Fourth.

Text: EN, CH

In Memoriam

Robert L. Bernstein


Chair emeritus and beloved supporter of
Human Rights in China

With gratitude and in friendship
The staff of HRIC


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.

"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.