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Open Government Information requests submitted by human rights defender Cao Shunli ’s lawyer, Wang Yu (王宇) and another lawyer, Liu Weiguo (刘卫国) . In the requests, the lawyers press the Chaoyang District Detention Center in Beijing to disclose information concerning its handling of Cao's medical...
Editor’s note: Xu Zhiyong , a key advocate of the New Citizens Movement, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment on January 26 for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” Xu was originally detained in July 2013 after being subjected to four months of house arrest in connection...
From The Daily Telegraph, “ China denies dead dissident refused medical treatment ”: “China was elected to the Human Rights Council on voluntary pledges that it will protect its citizen’s rights, especially the right to supervise, criticise and participate in the human rights process. That is...
From Radio Free Asia, “ Chinese Rights Activist Cao Shunli Dies after Being Denied Medical Care ”: Cao went into detention in ill health, and told her lawyer in October that she was not receiving medical treatment, according to Human Rights in China (HRIC), a Chinese non-governmental organization...
The Impact of Transnational Corporations on the Right to Freedom of Expression in the People's Republic of China In advance of the Special Representative's interim report to the UN Commission on Human Rights, HRIC would like to make the following submission, highlighting the role of transnational...
Return to table of contents International Law International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination , G.A. res. 2106 (XX), Annex, 20 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 14) at 47, U.N. Doc. A/6014 (1966), 660 U.N.T.S. 195, entered into force Jan. 4, 1969. Shanghai Convention on...
Annexes Annex 1 : Previous requests by the Committee and other treaty bodies for disaggregated statistical information Annex 2 : Relevant state secret classifications and previous requests by the Committee for disaggregated statistical information Annex 3 : Select hukou reforms Annex 1 Previous...
Progress under Specific Articles of the Convention Article 1 Failure to adopt a definition of racial discrimination Failure to incorporate descent-based discrimination into legislative, judicial, administrative or other measures to end racial discrimination Article 2 Detailed and disaggregated...
A Parallel NGO Report by Human Rights in China June 2009 Submitted to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in advance of its review of the thirteenth periodic report of the People’s Republic of China on implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial...
A Parallel NGO Report by Human Rights in China, submitted on April 14, 2005 to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in advance of its review of the First Periodic Report of the People's Republic of China on Implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and...
A Parallel NGO Report by Human Rights in China, submitted on August 2, 2005 to the Committee on Rights of the Child in advance of its review of the Second Periodic Report of the People's Republic of China on Implementation of the International Convention of the Rights of the Child. Full Report with...
A parallel NGO report by Human Rights in China (HRIC), submitted to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in advance of its review of the combined fifth and sixth periodic reports of the People’s Republic of China on implementation of the Convention on the...
China Rights Forum , Summer 1996 This is a summary of a 37-page report issued by Human Rights in China in April 1996 and submitted to the Committee Against Torture, which reviewed China's second periodic report on implementation of the U.N. Convention Against Torture on May 2, 1996. The full report...
A parallel NGO report by Human Rights in China(HRIC), submitted to the Committee Against Torture in advance of its review of the combined Fourth and Fifth Periodic Reports of the People’s Republic of China on implementation of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading...
Oral intervention of Human Rights in China to the Committee Against Torture Consideration of China, November 6, 2008 Sharon Hom Executive Director, HRIC Distinguished experts of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity to contribute to the Committee’s review of the Government of the People’s...
Since the Chinese government began its crackdown on the New Citizens Movement in March 2013, dozens of citizens who have actively promoted or participated in the movement have been arrested. To remember these activists who are behind bars for their common pursuit of democracy and freedom in China,...
Prior to the start of the 12th National People's Congress, the lawyers of Xu Zhiyong, Ding Jiaxi, Zhao Changqing , and other activists—who have been prosecuted for their participation in the New Citizens Movement—as well as domestic intellectuals, business people, and journalists, jointly issued an...
On March 1, the Regulations on the Implementation of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets will go into effect. When first announced on February 2, the Xinhua News Agency presented them as “an effort to boost government transparency.” However, the regulations, read...
Rights activist Liu Xiaofang ( 刘晓芳) who visited Cao Shunli ( 曹顺利) at the 309 Military Hospital told HRIC that a Dr. Su there said that Cao is on life support and her condition is terminal. Liu said that Cao did not respond when she called out to her loudly through a glass window. According to Liu,...
Rights activist Hu Jia tweeted the following message at 10:47pm Beijing time: “Today, February 28, a doctor from the tuberculosis institute at the 309 Military Hospital notified Cao Shunli ’s family that Cao’s vital signs are being supported by a ventilator; her many organs are gradually failing. A...
In an open letter to members of China’s legislature and political advisory body, the Tiananmen Mothers urge them to break the 25-year government silence on the June 4, 1989 military crackdown on the Democracy Movement that year, and begin discussion on a resolution. The letter calls on the deputies...
Cao Shunli ’s ( 曹顺利 ) lawyer Wang Yu ( 王 宇 ) and other lawyers and activists issued an urgent appeal to the Beijing police to make public information on Cao Shunli’s condition and undertake an investigation for liability. The appeal alleges that authorities at the Chaoyang District Detention Center...
Beijing rights defender Wang Ling ( 王玲 ) told Human Rights in China that she and more than 20 other rights defenders attempted to visit Cao Shunli this afternoon, February 21, at the 309 Military Hospital in the Haidian District of Beijing but were prevented from entering the intensive care unit to...
Human Rights in China received information that rights activist Cao Shunli ( 曹顺利) , who has been in custody since September 2013 and suffering from various medical conditions, was in intensive care at the Beijing Qinghe 999 Hospital earlier today. She was later transferred to the 309 Military...
Rights defender, Guo Feixiong , was detained on August 8, 2013, and formally arrested on September 14 on suspicion of “gathering crowds to disrupt order in public places.” Guo’s lawyer, Zhang Xuezhong, argues that through reviewing the case file and a meeting with Guo, not only are the Guangzhou...
The New School for Democracy and Editorial Board of Anthology of June 4th Poetry have organized a poetry film contest to commemorate June Fourth. The contest aims to broaden artistic creativity and perspectives on freedom by giving participants the opportunity to reflect on and share memories about...
The Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People's Court sentenced Xu Zhiyong (许志永) , leading advocate of the New Citizens Movement, to four years’ imprisonment for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place,” one year short of the maximum penalty for the charge. The court issued the...
From Rebecca Valli with Voice of America, “ New Chinese Regulations on State Secrets Criticized for Lack of Transparency ”: But the problem, according to observers, is the new rules do not clarify or clearly define what information should be made public. Sharon Hom , Executive Director of Human...
On January 29, 2014, after Xue Fushun (薛福顺) , father of China Democracy Party member Xue Mingkai (薛明凯) , had fled to the Qufu Municipal Procuratorate seeking protection, domestic security officials informed his wife, Wang Shuqing (王书清 ) , that he had “committed suicide by jumping to his death.”...
Liu Nianchun: Road Wang Yu: Reminiscing (Chinese only) Wang Yu: Where Are You? (Chinese only) Liu Nianchun: The Price of Freedom Meng Lang: In Our Bodies Liu Nianchun: Memory Liu Nianchun: Tree-rings Meng Lang: Don’t Let Grief Out Xiao Qiang: Stars Xiao Qiang: Big Guy Yuan Hongbing: Altar Liu...
In anticipation of the second session of the 12th National People’s Congress, due to convene on March 5, 2014, Hangzhou lawyer Wang Cheng launches an online signature campaign for an appeal, called “A Civil Rights Proposal,” to the current NPC Standing Committee to immediately ratify the...
Chen Xiaoya (陈小雅) Analysis of the Defacement of Mao Zedong's Portrait with Eggs (“蛋击毛像”事件辨析) (Chinese only) Chun Ren (春仁) Conversation with Former Peking University Professor Chen Yuguo (与原北大青年教师陈育国的对谈――六四百人谈(一)) (Chinese only) Li Jinjin (李进进) Pondering 20 Years -- Notes from Prison (二十年的思绪–狱中札记) (...
Number 1 Name Jiang Jielian Sex M Age 17 Home Location Beijing Municipality Work Unit / School Second year student of Class 4 of the High School of China People's University Circumstances of Death Jiang left home at around 10:30 p.m. on June 3,1989. At about 11:00 p.m. behind the long flower bed in...
Three People Deeply Imprinted on My Memory Hardship years of Tiananmen mothers An encounter with a long-admired foreign visitor - a mother meeting with Lois Snow Legal document - request for a thorough official investigation of the June 4 Massacre What is impunity? Reflections from a friend of...
On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, just hours after Xue Fushun ( 薛福顺 ) , 52, the father of China Democracy Party member Xue Mingkai ( 薛明凯 ) , sought protection at the Qufu Municipal Procuratorate, Shandong Province, domestic security officials informed his wife, Wang Shuqing ( 王书清 ), that he had “...
From Sui-Lee Wee, John Ruwitch, and Michael Perry with Reuters, “ Detained China dissident Cao Shunli near death: Close friend ”: She went missing in mid-September after authorities prevented her from flying to Geneva for a human rights training programme. She was formally arrested in October on...
From Agence France-Presse, “ China dissident's father dies in disputed suicide: Human Rights in China ”: According to a statement released by Human Rights in China on Monday, and confirmed by a family friend, both Xue's father and mother, Wang Shuqing, were taken away by police in Qufu in eastern...
Four participants of the New Citizens Movement— Ding Jiaxi ( 丁家喜) , Li Wei ( 李蔚 ), Zhang Baocheng ( 张宝成) , and Yuan Dong ( 袁冬) —were tried in two separate trials on Monday, January 27 at the Beijing Haidian District People’s Court. The proceedings marked the end of a series of trials of citizen...
New Citizens Movement activist Yuan Dong was tried at the Beijing Haidian District People’s Court on January 27, 2014 for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” He was detained, along with other activists, on April 4, 2013 and later formally arrested after unfurling banners and...
Citing procedural violations by the police, procuratorate, and the court, Cheng Hai (程海) , one of the defense lawyers for Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜) , charged with “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” (聚众扰乱公共场所秩序罪), withdrew from the case during Ding’s trial at Beijing’s Haidian District...
In this statement delivered on January 24, 2014 at the Guangdong Municipal Tianhe District People’s Court, Liu Yuandong’s lawyer, Liu Zhengqing, argued that the charges brought against his client have no factual and legal basis. Liu Zhengqing said the prosecution is a political persecution from the...
New Citizens Movement activists Zhang Baocheng and Yuan Dong were detained on April 4, 2013 and formally arrested on May 7, 2013 for unfurling banners and distributing leaflets calling for disclosure of officials’ assets. On December 11, 2013, the Beijing Haidian District People’s Court...
Screenings June 4, 2010 6:00 PM Grand Palais Cours la Reine Perron Alexandre III 75008, Paris April 10, 2010 37th Congress, International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) Yerevan, Armenia December 1, 2009 6:30pm European Parliament Brussels, Belgium August 10, 2009 7:30pm-9pm CET CAC Voltaire...
HRIC Resources Portraits of Loss and the Quest for Justice English and Chinese English version produced by Human Rights in China Shot over a period of five years by the Tiananmen Mothers, a group of family members of the victims of the June Fourth crackdown, the video presents portraits of ordinary...
On 29 May 2003, the victims and the families of the victims of the June Fourth massacre in 1989 issued two open letters addressing to President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and the Supreme People's Procuratorate respectively calling for an open dialogue with the new leadership and pressing for a...
May 29, 2003 Mr. Hu Jinta , President Mr. Wen Jiabao , State Council Premier Mr. Wu Bangguo , Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Mr. Jia Qinglin , Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Your Excellencies: This...
May 29, 2003 The Supreme People's Procuratorate of the People's Republic of China: As people injured in the massacre and family members of those who died in the June Fourth incident, we submitted our petition on May 17, 1999, to the Supreme People's Procuratorate requesting an investigation into...
PETITION DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY SUPPORT THE TIANANMEN MOTHERS Support the Tiananmen Mothers in their struggle for a better future for China in which violators of human rights may be held accountable for their acts, and endorse their demands outlined below. I support the Tiananmen Mothers in their...
The view from Latin America Impunity , in the human rights context, refers to the lack of accountability for human rights violations committed, or condoned, by agents of the state. In the vast majority of countries, when agents of the state - members of the military, police and other armed forces,...
Supplementary petition to the Supreme People's Procuratorate for a thorough investigation of the June Fourth Massacre On May 17, 1999, we, the June Fourth victims and victims' families, submitted to the Supreme People's Procuratorate of the People's Republic of China a petition for a thorough...
Tiananmen mothers operate in ever-more circumscribed space The woman at the forefront of the Tiananmen Mothers against impunity, Ding Zilin , describes the difficulties they face in their work, the reasons behind their focus on humanitarian assistance for victims? families and the internal dynamics...
Compiled by Sun Liyong Support Network for the Persecuted in China May 5, 2009 Sydney, Australia It has been 20 years since June Fourth, but there are still eight so-called “thugs” who are still being held. They are Zhu Gengsheng (朱更生), Li Yujun (李玉君), Chang Jingqiang (常景强), Yang Pu (杨璞), Jiang...
Editor’s note : Gao Wenqian is the author of Zhou Enlai: The Last Perfect Revolutionary . The original Chinese version, 《晚年周恩来》 , was published in 2003, and is banned in China. In October 2013, Li Jie ( 李捷 ), Vice Director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the chief official policy think...
Statement by Xu Zhiyong’s lawyer, Zhang Qingfang, upon receiving his client’s verdict: four years’ imprisonment for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” Xu, a key advocate of the New Citizens Movement, was tried last Wednesday, January 22, at the Beijing Municipal No. 1...
Today the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Xu Zhiyong (许志永), a leading advocate of the New Citizens Movement, to four years’ imprisonment for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place,” one year short of the maximum penalty for the charge. Xu was tried last...
As in the trials of several other activists this week, the trial of Liu Yuandong ( 刘远东) , Guangzhou-based activist and businessman, ended today without a verdict. Liu is charged with “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” (聚众扰乱公共场所秩序) and “false declaration of registered capital” (...
Indictment issued by the Guangdong Municipal Tianhe District People’s Procuratorate, formally charging Liu Yuandong, key initiator of the Southern Street Movement (南方街头运动), with “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” and “false declaration of registered capital.” Liu’s trial took...
Wed, Jan 22 Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court Xu Zhiyong (许志永) Charged with and convicted of gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place (聚众扰乱公共场所秩序). Sentenced to four years' imprisonment . Thurs, Jan 23 Beijing Municipal Haidian District Court Zhao Changqing (赵常青)...
Hou Xin read her statement to the court during her trial at the Beijing Municipal Haidian District Court on January 23. She is charged with “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place,” in connection with her observing and taking photographs of a street action on March 31, 2013, in Xidan...
At his trial at the Haidian District Court in Beijing today, veteran activist Zhao Changqing ( 赵常青 ) dismissed his two defense lawyers on the ground that serious procedural violations by the prosecution and the court had made it impossible for him to have a fair trial and for his lawyers to mount...
A little more than two hours into his trial at the Haidian District Court in Beijing today, veteran activist Zhao Changqing dismissed his two defense lawyers on the ground that serious procedural violations by the prosecution and the court have made it impossible for him to have a fair trial and...
In this open recommendation to the National People’s Congress, the signers urge Congress to conduct a review of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Assemblies, Processions and Demonstrations and repeal it because they find it in violation of the Constitution. The signers explain that the...
Yao Wentian, editor-in-chief of the Hong Kong-based, Morning Bell Press, was arrested and held in Shenzhen for three months. Authorities accused Yao of carrying contraband, but those familiar with the circumstances believe that his arrest is related to the upcoming publication of a book that...
In a ruling today that has implications for Chinese citizens’ right to hold assemblies or just informal gatherings in public, a court in Guangzhou upholds the police’s punishment of Li Weiguo ( 李维国) , a Guangzhou resident, for inviting people in May 2013 to witness his delivery of applications to...
The trial of Xu Zhiyong ( 许志永) , a key advocate of the New Citizens Movement, ended today without a verdict. Xu, a constitutional law scholar and vocal supporter of education equality and asset transparency, is charged with “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place,” and faces up to...
After Li submitted the applications, police raided Li's home in search of computers and phones, and on May 24, 2013, confiscated Li's USB key and placed him under a 15-day administrative detention as punishment for “inciting illegal assembly.” Li filed a complaint against Guangzhou Municipal Public...
On the afternoon of January 21, 2014, citizens from different parts of the country gathered in front of the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court and Beijing Haidian District People's Court holding banners in support of Xu Zhiyong, Ding Jiaxi, and other rights defenders who are facing trial...
The trial of Xu Zhiyong, New Citizens Movement activist, opened January 22 at 9:00 a.m. at the Beijing No1 Intermediate People's Court, and ended the same day. The court will announce later the date of verdict. Xu was charged with "assembling a crowd to disrupt order in a public place" for his role...
Shanghai petitioner Li Yufang ( 李玉芳 ) was officially arrested on January 2, 2014, on the charge of “obstructing official business,” after being detained on December 19, 2013, by the Yangpu District branch of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau. Li’s was first detained after petitioning for help—by...
When I heard the news about Jiaxi being arrested, it was as if I had been struck by lightning. I learned about it on the evening of April 17, when I opened my email inbox. Suddenly, several frightening words leapt out at me: “If I lose my freedom...” The email was from Zhao Changqing, a long-time...
This reflection was written when the author, Xiao Guozhen, was fasting for one day on January 4, 2014, as part of an international hunger strike relay to commemorate June Fourth victims. The hunger strike relay is part of the Tianxia Weicheng campaign, which was kicked off in the United States on...
In this New Year’s message, the lawyers express their continued dedication to defending citizens' rights and interests, pursuing democracy and rule of law, and aspiring to the implementation of constitutional governance. To accomplish these goals, the lawyers strongly demand that the National...
Shanghai petitioner Li Yufang ( 李玉芳 ) was arrested on January 2, 2014, on the charge of “obstructing official business,” according to her husband, Chen Ruiming ( 陈瑞明 ) . Li was first detained on December 19, 2013, by the Yangpu District branch of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau, following an...
Living through History “How have the core historical events you experienced shaped your outlook on life and your visions for China’s future?” That was the question we recently posed to individuals from different generations in China. What we wanted to know was the impact of history on individual...
“Our motherland is like a garden, and we, the colorful flowers,” the song goes. Dear motherland, I would love to be one of the colors and add to your beauty. But before that, please let me bloom into my own. September 8, 2013, I was on my way home. “2020 already? God, I’m old!” I exclaimed, when I...

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