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In August 2018, China underwent a periodic review by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the country’s implementation of obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Among the key topics of the Committee’...
Chinese Government’s Follow-up Response to the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination October 8, 2019 中国政府关于联合国消除种族歧视委员会 结论性意见后续行动的答复材料 Source: https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CERD%2fC%2fCHN%2fCO%...
FIDH 40 th Congress – Taipei, Taiwan FIDH Urgent Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in Hong Kong Sponsored by Human Rights in China (HRIC) and the Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR) Delegates gathered at the FIDH 40 th Congress, Recognizing that over the past four months, diverse...
At its congress in Taipei, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), a global federation of 192 human rights member organizations from more than 100 countries, unanimously approved an urgent resolution (full text below) supporting the Hong Kong people’s protests calling for government...
The military parade and celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China have finally ended. As the boss of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping can finally breathe a sigh of relief. He managed to break the “Russell’s curse” that had haunted the CPC,...
As Beijing mounted a tightly choreographed spectacle of tanks, bombers, and missiles, with a march of 15,000 soldiers, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, a police officer in Hong Kong shot a teenage demonstrator in the chest at close range. While...
On September 17, HRIC Executive Director Sharon Hom joined three Hong Kong activists and a U.S.-based security expert in testimony before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China in a high-profile, and widely-reported hearing, “ Hong Kong’s Summer of Discontent and U.S. Policy Responses...
Chairman McGovern, Co-Chairman Rubio, and Members of the Commission, Thank you for this hearing opportunity. It is an honor for me to stand in solidarity with the frontline activists. I want to thank the Commission members for their critical support for the Hong Kong people and leadership on the...
GENEVA (12 September 2019) - UN human rights experts * reacted with alarm to reports of attacks on demonstrators, arrests of activists and human rights defenders, and threats to communications, as protests in Hong Kong entered their third month. The experts welcomed the detailed response to their...
Shi Minglei, wife of the arrested public interest activist Cheng Yuan, has been put under residential surveillance for 50 days already, on suspicion of “subversion of state power.” Without presenting any evidence, to date, to support their criminal allegations against Shi, the authorities have...
Across the People’s Republic of China, human rights violations are a systemic reality. Over the past year, the UN has once again documented legal and policy frameworks that fail to protect against discrimination; stigmatise Islam and stifle freedom of religious belief; undermine a wide range of...
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...
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...
The case of Li Huaiqing, a private entrepreneur in Chongqing who is suspected of “inciting subversion of state power,” will be tried on August 22. After a year and eight months of silence, Li’s wife, Bao Yan, made her first public appeal, directed at relevant government departments: Don't sit back...
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...
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...
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...
On July 22, 2019, Cheng Yuan, Liu Yongze and Xiao Wu, three public interest law advocates of Changsha Funeng Organization, were seized by Changsha Municipal Bureau of State Security on suspicion of “subversion of state power” and have been detained in its detention center. Shi Minglei, Cheng Yuan’s...
Changsha Three Open Letter To: People's Republic of China Delegation to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) Mr. Mingzhu Li, Commissioner, Beijing Ms. Juan Li, Deputy Director, Geneva Mr. Gang Xia, Deputy Director-General, Beijing Mr. Yiyun Hu, Deputy Director, Center for STIs and AIDS,...
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...
On July 17, Lawyer Zhang Peihong ( 张培鸿 ) went to the Chengdu Detention Center to apply to visit his client Wang Yi ( 王怡 ), pastor at the Early Rain Covenant Church. Zhang was told to go see the officers at the Chengdu Procuratorate. There, he learned that investigation of Wang Yi’s case was...
[Translated by Human Rights in China] As one of the first dissidents allowed by the Communist Party of China to leave China for the United States, I learned about the efforts made by Human Rights Watch in softening the attitude of the CPC. Human Rights Watch achieved this by playing its unique role...
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...
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...
Jin Bianling (金变玲), wife of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong (江天勇) ,says in a Twitter post that in recent days, Jiang Tianyong’s family has suffered sharply increased monitoring and harassment by domestic security personnel from the Luoshan County Public Security Bureau, in Xinyang City, Henan...
Liu Tianyan (刘天艳) , wife of dissident Fu Hailu (符海陆) —who is accused of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” for creating a wine bottle label in 2016 to mark the anniversary of June Fourth—posted this essay one day before his trial. She points out that Fu had in fact already been imprisoned for...
Members of the Tiananmen Mothers with photos of their loved ones killed in June Fourth. [English Translation by Human Rights in China] I We are a group of citizens who lost our loved ones in the June Fourth Massacre. Thirty years ago, along Chang'an Avenue in front of the Tiananmen Gate in the...
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 (64tianwang.com), 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...
Huang Qi ’s ( 黄琦 )mother, Pu Wenqing ( 蒲文清 ), speaks out once again to condemn the authorities’ persecution of Huang Qi. She calls on the international community to pay attention to his case and urges the authorities to transfer Huang Qi, who is suffering from various serious diseases, to a...
In her open appeal, Pu Wenqing ( 蒲文清 ) , 85, mother of the detained Sichuan rights activist Huang Qi ( 黄琦 ) , says that she learned from Huang Qi’s lawyer that despite Huang’s serious medical conditions, the authorities have refused to transfer Huang to a hospital for treatment. In a meeting on...
On December 10, 2018, lawyer Liu Zhengqing ( 刘正清 ) visited his client, Sichuan activist Huang Qi ( 黄琦 ), who is detained at the Mianyang Detention Center. He learned from Huang that two prosecutors based at the detention center had met with Huang Qi three times on November 30 and December 3, asking...
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...
Record of Meeting [By Lawyer Liu Zhengqing of his meeting with Huang Qi] [English translation by HRIC] Time: Afternoon, October 23, 2018 Location: Meeting Room #18 at the Mianyang Municipal Detention Center Interviewer: Lawyer Liu Zhengqing Interviewee: Huang Qi Question (Liu Zhengqing): Please...
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...
In the afternoon of November 12, 2018, lawyer Liu Zhengqing(刘正清) visited his client, Sichuan activist Huang Qi(黄琦) , who is detained at the Mianyang Detention Center. Huang told his lawyer that in the morning that day, three doctors at the Mianyang Central Hospital came to the detention center to...
In 1993, Liu writes, his wife, Huang Ping (黄萍), was carried away by a sudden surge at the waterfall at the Huangguoshu Scenic Area in ​Guizhou Province. Liu says that his investigation showed that the deluge was created by officials of the Huangguoshu Scenic Area Management Office who, without...
Transcribed by HRIC of oral statements delivered in English or interpreted. Archived video of the review is available here . This transcription includes statements by: Australia Austria Brazil Canada Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Iceland Ireland Japan Kazakhstan...
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...
This is a compilation of the advance questions posed by UN member states to China, in the lead up to China’s UPR on November 6, 2018. The questions are originally posted on the OHCHR webpage on China’s UPR under “Questions submitted in advance.” ADVANCE QUESTIONS TO CHINA (FIRST BATCH) – REV...
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...
More than 100 scholars inside and outside China have joined a growing domestic campaign to call for the release of workers at the Jasic factory in Shenzhen, who have been detained for demanding to form their own labor union to protect their rights. On July 27, seven of the workers, and 23...
On October 8, 2018, lawyer Li Jinglin( 李静林 ) visited his client, Sichuan activist Huang Qi( 黄琦 ) , who is detained at the Mianyang Detention Center. Huang issues a statement through his lawyer maintaining that he was framed and accused of the so-called crime of illegally providing state secrets...
In her open letter, Pu Wenqing ( 蒲文清) , mother of the detained Sichuan rights activist Huang Qi ( 黄琦) , strongly urges the director of the Mianyang Public Security Bureau to hand over to Huang Qi the complete set of documents related to his blood test, and arrange for monthly thorough checkup of...
On September 26, 2018, the Hubei Provincial High People’s Court upheld a lower court’s ruling on veteran rights activist Qin Yongmin’s case: conviction of subversion of state power, a 13-year prison term, and three years of post-release deprivation of political rights. Qin was detained on March 30...
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 a September 20 post online, lawyer Sui Muqing says that his wife, lawyer Sun Shihua, was beaten and illegally detained by the police at Hualin police substation, Liwan District in Guangzhou. She had gone to the substation at about 3 PM to speak with the police officer in charge of her client’s...
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...
Detained since November 2016, Sichuan rights activist Huang Qi was indicted in January 2018 on charges of “illegally providing state secrets abroad.” But the authorities have not yet brought him to trial. The charge was based on Huang’s publication on the Internet of a document by the Political and...
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...
Wang Quanzhang, a rights lawyer, finally met with a lawyer after having been disappeared for more than three years. The lawyer, Liu Weiguo, reported that that Wang told him that he has suffered “no hard violence.” In the article below, Wang’s wife Li Wenzu reminds us what “no hard violence” means...
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...
Students from 12 colleges across the country have joined the campaign initiated by the students of Peking University to call for the release of Jasic workers detained for demanding to form a labor union. On July 27, seven of the workers, and 23 supporters were taken into custody and have been...
Lawyer Wang Quanzhang was disappeared in July 2015, in the beginning stage of the 709 crackdown in which more than 300 lawyers and activists were affected—disappeared, detained, or questioned. Subsequently, all of the detainees were either prosecuted and sentenced or released—except lawyer Wang...
More than 100 scholars inside and outside China have joined a growing domestic campaign to call for the release of workers at the Jasic factory in Shenzhen, who have been detained for demanding to form their own labor union to protect their rights. On July 27, seven of the workers, and 23...
In this account, the writers, who are workers at Jasic Technology Co., Ltd. in Shenzhen, describe the seizure of fellow workers and their relatives. On the afternoon of July 27, when seven workers who are among the workers demanding to form a labor union came to the factory to work as usual, they...
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...
On July 10, 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.” The court’s ruling details the government’s accusations against Qin Yongmin: writing a large...
In this account, the authors, workers at Jasic Technology Co., Ltd. In Shenzhen state that the company has treated employees badly for a long time, and that, as a result, workers demand to establish a labor union as a way to protect their rights and to protest the maltreatment. But, according to...
This account describes the experience of the writer and other rights defenders from different areas in the country who intended to going to Wuhan to apply to attend the trial of Qin Yongmin. Some activists were intercepted in their local areas, and the others who arrived at the court were...
Three years have passed since the 709 Crackdown, but the Chinese authorities’ repression of human rights lawyers in China continues. The 709 Crackdown not only marked the beginning of a downturn of China’s political environment, but also has far-reaching negative implications for China’s judicial...
Dear President Tusk and President Juncker, Several of our organizations last wrote to you in May 2017, ahead of the June 2017 European Union (EU)-China summit in Brussels, regarding the growing human rights crisis in China and the response of the EU. Since that time, the situation in China has...
“Although the June Fourth tragedy has become history, the catastrophe it brought has not yet come to an end, and it is difficult for the wounds to heal.” — Tiananmen Mothers , June 1, 2018 It has been 29 years since the Chinese authorities unleashed a bloody crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement...

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