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BEIJING -- One hundred ninety-two Chinese political dissidents from 17 provinces and cities around China urged delegates to the 16th Communist Party Congress which opens on Friday to allow reforms including greater democracy and the release of prisoners of conscience. The petition also called for...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a copy of an open letter to the 16th Party Congress signed by 192 opposition activists from 17 provinces and cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. In the largest nationwide political action in recent years, the signatories make six...
Lin Mu , an independent intellectual and former secretary to Hu Yaobang , has released an open letter through Human Rights in China (HRIC) calling on the PRC’s upcoming 16th Party Congress to take significant measures to improve relations between the Party and the people. In a tense pre-Congress...
In its efforts to further muffle opposition voices prior to the 16th Party Congress, Chinese authorities have initiated a new round of arrests, with at least two dissidents, Fang Jue and Xu Wanping , reportedly detained. Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from a reliable source that Fang Jue...
BEIJING - Human rights groups urged President Bush Tuesday to press Chinese President Jiang Zemin to free political prisoners and curb abuses against a Muslim ethnic group when the leaders meet in Texas this week. A group of followers of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, banned in China since 1999...
BEIJING -- An elementary school in western China collapsed onto more than 50 students, killing at least five and injuring dozens more, authorities and a human rights group said Thursday. The rights group blamed shoddy building materials and accused police of covering up the accident.
One major issue for anyone using the Internet in states which tightly control and police online access is not getting caught surfing forbidden sites or downloading denied data. Some American hackers have released a program that allows surfers to hide their tracks. Ian Hardy filed this report on the...
A prominent New York-based Chinese rights group Saturday welcomed the release of detained Chinese AIDS activist Wan Yanhai , while urging checks on the "arbitrary power" of China's police. " Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the release of public health and AIDS activist Dr. Wan Yanhai," the...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the release of public health and AIDS activist Dr. Wan Yanhai . This release following a relatively short period of detention is a victory for the international AIDS activist and human rights communities, Dr. Wan’s friends, family, colleagues, and supporters...
For more information, CONTACT SharonAnn Lynch: 646-645-5225 Laurie Wen 917-443-4121 Kate Krauss 215-731-1844 China's #1 AIDS Activist Detained While China Seeks $90 Million from the UN for AIDS
China has sentenced two veteran pro-democracy activists to prison as part of a general crackdown on government critics before a key Communist Party congress, a human rights group said today. A court in the eastern city of Qingdao sentenced Mu Chuanheng to three years in prison and Yan Peng to 1 1/2...
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One of China's most prominent AIDS activists Wan Yanhai has been arrested for allegedly revealing state secrets, his wife said as a series of human rights groups called for his immediate release. Wan, who founded and ran the AIDS Action Project, a private group pushing for the rights of China's...
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By Carrie Kirby Internet protesters suggest government is cutting off access China's 46 million Internet users are unable to access popular search engine Google, and most believe that the Chinese government is blocking the site as part of a crackdown on the Internet in preparation for a politically...
An outspoken Chinese AIDS activist who publicised the plight of large numbers of farmers infected after selling blood is missing and feared detained by Chinese police, his wife and a rights group said. Wan Yanhai , who founded and ran the AIDS Action Project, a private non-profit group which...
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By XIAO QIANG and SOPHIE BEACH Xiao Qiang, a 2001 MacArthur Fellow, is executive director of Human Rights in China, a monitoring and advocacy organization based in New York and Hong Kong. Sophie Beach is Asia research associate at the Committee to Protect Journalists. NEW YORK-- Last month, the...
August 6 - August 18, 2002 FALUNGONG
Press release issued by: RIPTIDE - Communications for Change CONTACT: DAVID LERNER 212.260.5000 CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA WIN DECISION TO PROCEED IN LI PENG CASE District Court Judge Upholds Service of Human Rights Lawsuit on Former Chinese Premier on Behalf of...
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July 23 - August 5, 2002 HUMAN RIGHTS DIALOGUE Since 1997, Japan “started a human rights dialogue with the PRC in return for Japan’s agreement not to cosponsor an anti-China resolution at the UN Human Rights Commission,” said a Japanese senior official at the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian...
July 8-22, 2002 INTERNET
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HUMAN RIGHTS STRATEGY REPORT In April 2001, HRIC convened a two-day consultation to explore more effective human rights strategies for China. Building upon discussions with participants, including former government officials, scholars, activists, business people and journalists, in November 2001...
China’s entry into WTO has been presented as a great victory for the Chinese nation, with claims that it will push economic growth to new heights and bring increased prosperity to most people. Based on detailed research about the state of the urban unemployed in China, Dorothy J. Solinger questions...
Inside and outside China, much has been said and written about the impact of WTO entry on the lives of the country’s people. In this essay, Pitman B. Potter raises some questions about its potential to transform China’s legal system.
Wang Ruoshui, a renowned philosopher and journalist, and one of four dissidents who joined the board of Human Rights in China while still living in China, died of lung cancer at the age of 75 on January 9, 2002, in Boston. He was staying in the city while his wife, Feng Yuan, took up a Nieman...
Two new books in English about Chinese workers make important contributions to the growing body of information on the Chinese working class, past and present. Tim Pringle points to some lessons for effective strategies to support China’s labor movement that arise from his reading of these books...
China’s leaders often denounce corruption and an on-going campaign against the widespread bribery and graft which is costing the Communist Party much public support has resulted in a number of executions of prominent officials. But journalists who go beyond the approved targets of the anti-...
Mainland Report section July 1999 Special Anti-Corruption Edition FORMER DAQING MAYOR QIAN DIHUA ARRESTED Richest man in the area kept 29 mistresses By Wen Qingtian [Jiang Weiping’s pen name]
The Chinese Communist Party has proved remarkably successful at restricting what people say and write about the situation in China, writes Perry Link , so much so that invisible pressures for self-censorship extend to people far beyond the borders of the People’s Republic.
Massive violations exposed The prisoners of Hunan Red Mountain Prison speak bitterness
Born in 1954, Zhang Shanguang is one of China’s most outspoken defenders of worker rights. A former teacher and native of Xupu County, Hunan Province, Zhang was a chief organizer of the Hunan Autonomous Workers’ Federation during the 1989 democracy demonstrations. Zhang had been released in 1996...
Gong Liwen , mother of Li Hai, a human rights activist jailed in 1995 for making public a list of individuals sentenced to prison terms for their participation in the 1989 demonstrations, wrote a letter of appeal to US President George Bush on September 23, 2001, asking him to help get Li Hai out...
Corporate complicity in the development of surveillance technology In a path-breaking report issued in November 2001, the Canadian group Rights & Democracy exposed the involvement of Canadian telecoms giant Nortel in helping security agencies in China snoop on phone conversations and Internet...
Punished for providing a public service
The following News Update covers the period from October 2001 - February 2002 SENTENCES
HRIC is frequently asked, “What can I do to make a difference?” This page gives suggestions on what you can do in specific areas of concern. URGENT MEDICAL CONCERN
Ma Wenlin was sentenced to a five-year prison term in November 1999 for “disrupting social order” and “illegally detaining” a county official. Ma, a lawyer from Shaanxi Province, represented 5,000 farmers in a lawsuit against unfair taxes and contributed to efforts petitioning leaders in Beijing to...
Yang Zi remembers Wang Ruowang Writer and dissident Wang Ruowang passed away on December 19, 2001, in New York at the age of 83. Wang Yu spoke to his wife, Yang Zi , about her husband’s lifelong struggle for freedom, democracy and human rights in China, and their life in exile from their native...
Activists watched closely and warned against massacre protests Police continued to keep watch for signs of trouble yesterday and warned activists not to organise activities to mark today's 13th anniversary of the June 4 crackdown. Police in Guangzhou held dissident Li Wensheng for seven hours on...
New York At the invitation of Human Rights in China, Li Xiaoming, a former PLA officer who had taken part in the suppression of the student movement of June Fourth, 1989, will come to New York to participate in June 4 commemorative activities. Li Xiaoming will arrive at JFK Terminal 8 on American...
April 29 - May 12, 2002 MINING ACCIDENTS On May 4, state media reported 34 people were killed and two others feared dead following two deadly explosions on the same day in southwestern and central China. 23 people were killed in a gas explosion at an illegal mine in Weining County, Guizhou Province...
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April 15-28, 2002
April 1-14, 2002
In an open letter released today, 114 relatives of June 4th Massacre victims are demanding that Li Peng, widely believed to have ordered the massacre, be held legally accountable, and that the official verdict on June 4th be overturned. The letter is addressed to the National Peoples Congress (NPC...
On February 13, 2002, Zhang Hong, wife of prominent dissident Jiang Qisheng, appealed to U.S. President George Bush to seek medical parole for her imprisoned husband during his upcoming visit to Beijing. In addition, Zhang asked President Bush to pressure Chinese officials to deliver a thesis Jiang...
On January 24, 2002, Wang Daqi, 70, professor of construction at Hefei Industrial University, and editor of Ecology magazine, was secretly detained by Chinese authorities. Approximately seven officers from the State Security Bureau confiscated Wang's journal, name cards, telephone book, and other...
Xiao Qiang, Executive Director of Human Rights in China , delivered testimony at the first hearing of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China on February 7, 2002. Chaired by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and Co-chaired by Congressman Doug Bereuter (R-NE), the Commission was established by...
A memorial service for Wang Ruowang (the most senior and first Chinese dissident to die in exile) will be held December 29th, noon-2pm at Central Funeral Home, 136-25 41st Ave., Flushing NY . This will be the largest gathering of Chinese dissidents and activists in exile post-Tiananmen Square, 1989...
In an address to the UN General Assembly today in which he announced his resignation, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Sir Nigel Rodley, described how the Chinese government had frustrated his efforts to undertake a mission to the country after extending an invitation to him in February 1999.
As the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson visits China on November 8-9 for the final workshop in a year-long program of technical cooperation with the Chinese government, Human Rights in China (HRIC) points out that the government has done little to give practical meaning to...
Xiao Qiang, Executive Director of Human Rights in China (HRIC), has been named a recipient of a 2001 MacArthur Fellowship, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today. The MacArthur Fellowship is a stipend paid over five years to talented individuals who have shown...
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Li Wangyang, veteran labor rights activist from Hunan Province, was sentenced to ten years in prison for "incitement to subvert state power" in the People's Intermediate Court of Shaoyang on September 20. Li was charged with the crime after his case attracted international media attention and he...
Li Wangyang, veteran labor rights activist, was convicted of "incitement to subvert state power" in the People's Intermediate Court of Shaoyang, Hunan Province on Sept. 5. Li's brother-in-law, Zhao Baozhu, and many friends were denied access to the proceedings. Li's sister, Li Wanglin has already...
Veteran democracy activists Mu Chuanheng and Yan Peng from Qingdao, Shandong Province, were both formally charged with incitement to subvert state power on August 28th.
Human Rights in China (HRIC) Executive Director Xiao Qiang will report on pervasive discrimination in the PRC at the NGO Forum in South Africa on Wednesday, August 29 at 6:00 PM.
Qingdao police arrested long-time pro-democracy dissident Mu Chuanheng on charges of incitement to overthrow the government on Aug. 13. More than ten officers from Qingdao Public Security Bureau took Mr. Mu from his home along with his computer, written materials and letters. Mr. Mu's arrest...
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) critically reviewed the PRC's 9th periodic report on its implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Sixteen independent experts make up CERD and review state parties' reports and make...
Consider the fates of the two men whose cases are described at the beginning and the end of this issue of China Rights Forum. Li Shaomin , a naturalized US citizen and an academic, is now free, after being convicted of espionage in July and deported from China. He is still confused about why he was...
OLYMPICS While HRIC maintained a neutral stance on whether or not Beijing should host the 2008 Olympic Games, the organization used the opportunity of the debate over this matter to draw attention to potential abuses that could occur in China’s preparation for the Games. Most notably, HRIC urged...
Internet fever, state control and the hunger for free information
The following are some of the individuals known to have been detained or sentenced to prison as a result of posting material on the Internet. SENTENCED Guo Qinghai
Legend , AOL’s partner in China, runs its own Chinese-language “human rights page” on FM365 at http://news.fm365.com/guoji/zhuanti/humanright/ , under the title, “Be concerned about human rights” (guanzhu renquan). At the top in an eyecatching advertisement, the logos of AOL and Legend flash...
Correction: In 2003, HRIC erroneously reported that Jin Haike, Xu Wei, Yang Zili and Zhang Honghai were charged with “inciting subversion of state power.” The actual charge was “subversion of state power.” The correction has been made in this press release. Jin Haike, Xu Wei, Yang Zili and Zhang...

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