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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. Beijing Municipal People's Procuratorate...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the news of the release of Dr. Gao Zhan, a U.S.-based scholar, who was granted medical parole on Thursday. Dr. Gao will arrive in Washington D.C. today at 4 pm. "This is an example of China's hostage strategy. Secretary of State Colin Powell is on his way to...
China’s journalists battle local interests and censorship to get the news out Packed full of murder and mayhem, gossip and sport, the Chinese media increasingly reflect an addiction to sensational news similar to that of media in more democratic parts of the world. But the virtual absence of real...
To: The Honorable Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Your Excellency , My name is Gao Qinrong. I am a member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and a former correspondent of Shanxi Youth Daily. I worked as a correspondent for the Journalist Observer magazine of Xinhua News...
Hong Kong’s record on race discrimination under review In arguing for comprehensive legislation outlawing racial discrimination in Hong Kong, a UN committee blundered into the sensitive territory of the division of responsibility between the Hong Kong government and Beijing under one country, two...
The following organizations from Hong Kong attended the CERD hearing to present a contrasting picture of the situation in the territory to that of the government. HONG KONG HUMAN RIGHTS MONITOR The Monitor, one of the territory’s major human rights groups, submitted an in-depth report to the CERD...
China’s record on racial discrimination under review This summer, the record of the People’s Republic of China on combating racial discrimination was reviewed by the United Nations. B□TRICE LAROCHE , who attended the meeting, describes the wide range of issues that were discussed at the CERD...
This essay, penned for the 12th anniversary of June Fourth, reflects on three people who died unjust deaths at different moments in the course of the last 50 years. Its author, Ding Zilin , is the coordinator of the Tiananmen Mothers group that is campaigning for a proper accounting for the 1989...
Racial discrimination in the PRC Here we present a summary and excerpts of some sections of a HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA (HRIC) report submitted to the United Nations to assist in a review of the PRC’s record on racial discrimination. The original report also included a major section on discrimination...
An undated photo of Lin Zhao, born in 1932, pen-name of Peng Lingzhao. Lin was labeled a “rightist” in 1957 when she was 25 after she made remarks publicly showing sympathy towards “rightist” schoolmates. Later she wrote articles for an unofficial publication and sent a long petition to Mao Zedong...
Since the launch of this global effort to give solidarity to the Tiananmen Mothers’ struggle for accountability in May 2000, his campaign has become a key focus of activities to remember the events of 1989 in Hong Kong. In the past year, the campaign has concentrated on human rights education,...
Fourteen activists from Shandong Province have signed an open letter to the National People's Congress demanding the immediate release of Yan Peng, a pro-democracy activist. Yan has been detained since July 11 on charges of illegal emigration. The signatories include Yan's wife Zhong Xianye, Mu...
MOTHERS OFFER CONDOLENCES
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 Labor activist Li Wangyang , 51, has just been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a court in his native Shaoyang, Hunan Province, for...
Li Wangyang , a veteran labor rights activist from Hunan Province, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for “incitement to subvert state power” by the People’s Intermediate Court of Shaoyang on September 20, 2001. Li was accused of subversion for demanding that the government pay for treatment of...
Still recovering from an unexpected ordeal On July 14, one day after Beijing was selected as the host of the 2008 Olympic Games, Dr. Li Shaomin was tried on charges of espionage. The result, announced the same day, was a forgone conclusion: guilty as charged. However, Li was not sentenced to prison...
Li Shaomin, Gao Zhan & Qin Guangguang have been released due to pressure from the United States, but Qu Wei, convicted in the same spying case, is serving a 13-year prison term. Below is some information about him. Qu Wei was born in 1954 into an official family. At the age of 17, he joined the...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) voiced concerns today that the selection of Beijing as the host city for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games presents significant challenges both to Chinese authorities and to the international community. “The Chinese government must not repeat its past approach to hosting...
To commemorate the twelfth anniversary of the bloody June Fourth, 1989 Massacre, Tiananmen Mothers call upon all people of conscience to continue the demand for accountability of the tragic event. Human Rights in China firmly supports the Tiananmen Mothers, a group of families of victims headed by...
Today in Geneva UN member states decided to exclude HRIC from the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR), to be held in South Africa from August 31 to September 7. After the Chinese government strongly opposed HRIC’s request to participate, and in spite of the Conference Secretariat’s favorable...
Asia-Pacific and international NGOs are urging all member states attending the Second Preparatory Committee of the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) to allow participation to the Conference of: Human Rights in China (HRIC), International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and Tibetan Centre for Human...
Article 4 of the 1982 Constitution of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) states that “any act which undermines the unity of the nationalities or instigates division is prohibited.” This is cited in the Chinese government’s report on its implementation of the International Convention on the...
UN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Deconstructing the received wisdom that China is home to a homogenous ethnic group with common origins and a shared history, Frank Dikötter argues that an ethnically integrated China is, in fact, a modern invention linked to the rise of nationalism at the end of the nineteenth century.
Racial discrimination in Hong Kong Interviews with Hong Kong residents show that racist attitudes and practices are common in the territory, write Christine Loh and Kelley Loper . But the Hong Kong government has consistently refused to consider enacting legislation banning racial discrimination...
The unexplained disappearance of Leung Wah Soon after the news broke about the arrest of a number of academics, the murder of Hong Kong democracy activist Leung Wah in Shenzhen shocked Hong Kong, playing on the worst fears about China and the power of the police there to detain people without...
Interviews with exiles from Tibet
One woman’s struggle to help the victims of Henan’s HIV epidemic
Democracy or nationalism? The anti-Western nationalism fanned by the Chinese authorities as a way of uniting the country at a time of difficult economic and social changes will not help to resolve social conflicts in the long run, argues Carl Gershman .
When the news broke in March that US-based Chinese scholar Gao Zhan had been detained on spying charges, it quickly led to the release of information about other similar cases of academics who had been arrested by State Security authorities.
MORE ARRESTS OF CHINESE-BORN OVERSEAS RESIDENTS As news emerged of more arrests of people originally from mainland China now resident overseas, the US State Department issued a travel advisory for all Chinese-born US citizens who plan to travel to China. Over the last six months, the Ministry of...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) deplores the failure of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to uphold its mandate and address human rights violations in all parts of the world by holding China accountable for its egregious violations of human rights.
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. This summer, action to combat racial discrimination will be high on the global agenda . The preparations for the World Conference Against Racism, to be held...
Hada was sentenced to a 15-year prison term on November 11, 1996, for “separatism” and “espionage”. He is being held in Inner Mongolia’s No. 4 Prison, and suffers from pneumonia and intestinal problems.
Domestic & international appeals gain release of retiree
Xiao Qiang, Executive Director of Human Rights in China (HRIC), addressed the United Nations Commission on Human Rights today, urging member states to adopt a resolution censuring China for its gross and systematic human rights abuses. Xiao Qiang delivered the following statement on behalf of the...
Human Rights in China today called upon President George W. Bush to intercede on behalf of a U.S.-based Chinese scholar who disappeared into detention without charge on February 11. President Bush will be meeting this week with Vice Premier Qian Qichen in Washington.
Last week, Human Rights in China (HRIC) sent [*] the attached letter to members of the National People’s Congress (NPC) urging them to put reform of the criminal justice system at the top of the agenda for the assembly’s current session, focusing in particular on further revisions of the Criminal...
On Monday February 26, the first activity in a program of technical cooperation between the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Chinese government on human rights will begin in Beijing, in the form of a workshop on the “punishment of minor crimes.” On the occasion of this...
The US District Court for the Southern District of New York will hold a conference on the Li Peng lawsuit regarding the US State Department’s refusal to comply with plaintiffs’ discovery requests. To date, Defendant Li Peng has not entered an appearance in the case. However, the US State Department...
Over the last two decades, a handful of cases in which individuals have been incarcerated in psychiatric institutions for their political views have become known outside China. It was generally assumed that these were aberrations, where local officials were exceeding their powers, and that China...
REPORTS
Psychiatric detention of dissidents and the rise of the Ankang system Although in recent years a handful of cases in which individuals were incarcerated in psychiatric institutions for their political activism have become known, it was thought that China had not systematically adopted the...
A textbook example of “political lunacy” The following case study appeared in a 1994 textbook on criminal psychiatric work, Consultative Questions and Answers for Forensic-Psychiatric Medical Evaluations (Sifa Jingshen Yixue Jianding Zixun Jieda) edited by Long Qingchun, a leading official at the...
The leaked documents published in January 2001 as The Tiananmen Papers comprise a set of highly-classified materials detailing the deliberations of China’s key decision-makers during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, and the evolution of those events. Jeremy Paltiel examines what the documents...
Heterodox thought on human rights & political reform during the Cultural Revolution
China’s modern history and its cultural traditions are often evoked to justify the country’s current authoritarian system of government. But Jeffrey Wasserstrom argues that looking back into the past can also be useful in advocating for greater respect for rights and freedoms. This essay’s main...
Jiang Qisheng’s defense Last December, more than a year after his trial, Jiang Qisheng was finally informed of his sentence, four years in prison for issuing an open letter suggesting peaceful ways for people to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 1989 June Fourth massacre. He is currently...
The Chinese regime’s use of repression and the evolution of its targets In this article, Marie Holzman examines the evolution and nature of the current political regime in the People’s Republic of China, arguing that while the scope of repression may have diminished, it remains a principal policy...
Formalistic cooperation masks rejection of key labor rights
A critique of the American labor movement’s stance Last year, one of the principal activities of the main US union federation, the AFL-CIO, was a high-profile campaign against the United States granting Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status to China. Kent Wong and Elaine Bernard argue that...
The Chinese working class, the ACTFU & engagement While sharing some of the concerns raised by Kent Wong and Elaine Bernard about US organized labor’s “China Campaign,” the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) and China Labour Bulletin (CLB) argue against their proposal for...
Mr. Kofi Annan Secretary-General United Nations, New York Re: Visit to China January 18, 2001 Respected Secretary-General Annan, We trust that human rights will rank high on your agenda during your visit to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Human Rights in China (HRIC) would like to share with...
SCHOLARS DETAINED, ONE CHARGED WITH SPYING
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. SPEAK OUT FOR INDEPENDENT ACTIVISTS
Now serving a four-year prison sentence for “incitement to subvert state power” for setting up an independent corruption monitoring group, An Jun is being held in Henan Province No. 1 Prison in Kaifeng City, and has a heart condition for which he is not receiving proper treatment.
The key to rights for China’s workers Bitter personal experience and wide observations of the conditions of Chinese workers led Li Qiang , a 28-year-old worker from Zigong, Sichuan, to become an advocate for independent unions. Li’s activism eventually forced him to flee his country. He now resides...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the publication of The Tiananmen Papers, calling them a perfect catalyst for genuine accountability for the June 4, 1989 massacre and crackdown. "This glimpse into the inner workings of China’s senior decision-making process allows us to assign responsibility...
Cooperation with UN, wording and substance call into question China’s commitment to improving human rights
The idea that the rights to subsistence and development are the first priority for people in China is a familiar one by now, since representatives of the Chinese government constantly repeat it at international events where human rights are on the agenda. The implication is that individual...
LAWSUIT FILED HRIC initiated the filing of a lawsuit against the former Premier of China, Li Peng. The lawsuit was filed at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Zhang Liming, who lost his sister in the Beijing massacre, and Zhou Fengsuo, Liu...
Chinese authorities embrace the Unification Church’s teaching on sexuality
Two unforgettable summer weeks in a Beijing prison Chinese writers face harder times. While China rushes towards an ever more market-oriented economic system, President Jiang Zemin has made it clear that he intends no change in ideology. Several scholars and outspoken journalists have lost their...
The story behind the New Culture Forum Web site
China sets low level for terms of agreement with UN High Commissioner On November 20, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Chinese government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to initiate human rights cooperation programs in China. B□trice Laroche looks at the significance of...
The Li Peng lawsuit & universal jurisdiction over violations of rights
The China Democracy Party (CDP), which made waves two years ago, has now been effectively crushed, writes Jan van der Made . This article examines the genesis, the suppression and the fall of the CDP.
Tong Shidong & Liao Shihua
The East is East, silly EAST MEETS WEST Democracy and Human Rights in Asia Daniel A. Bell, Princeton University Press 2000, 369 pp
CDP PERSECUTION CONTINUES
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. SPEAK OUT FOR CDP MEMBERS

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