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HRIC Welcomes New Co-Chairs Andrew Nathan and Christine Loh

October 11, 2006

Human Rights in
China (HRIC) is pleased to announce the election of Professor Andrew Nathan and
Ms. Christine Loh as the organization’s new co-chairs.


Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of
Political Science at Columbia University and a former chairman of its Political Science Department and director of its Weatherhead East Asian Institute. His teaching and research interests include
Chinese politics and foreign policy, the comparative study of political participation and political culture, and human rights. Nathan is also a member of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch, Asia, the board of Freedom House, and the editorial boards of the Journal of
Democracy, The China Quarterly, The Journal of Contemporary China,
and China Information, among others. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Association for Asian Studies, and the American Political Science Association.

Nathan’s
recent publications include The
Tiananmen Papers
, edited with Perry Link
(New York: Public Affairs, 2001); Negotiating Culture and Human Rights: Beyond Universalism and Relativism, co-edited with Lynda S. Bell and Ilan Peleg (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001); China’s New Rulers: The Secret Files, with
Bruce Gilley (New York: New York Review Books, 2002, second edition 2003); and Constructing Human Rights in the Age of Globalization, co-edited with Mahmood Monshipouri, Neil Englehart, and Kavita Philip (Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 2003).


Christine Loh is the founder and CEO of Civic Exchange, an
independent, non-profit policy think tank in Hong Kong.
She was appointed to the Hong Kong Legislative Council in 1992, and ran two
successful elections in 1995 and 1998. She retired from politics in 2000 to
found Civic Exchange, where she applies her long-time experience as an advocate
of democracy, human rights, urban planning and the environment. Ms. Loh spent
14 years in the commercial world, and in April 2006 was elected a director of
the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (the Hong Kong Stock Exchange).
She also sits on the advisory committee of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures
Commission, Asia Society’s International
Advisory Panel, and Tällberg Foundation (Sweden).


Loh recently published a book about her work for
a sustainable, democratic environment in Hong Kong,
Being Here: Shaping a Preferred Future
(July 2006). Her other publications include Getting Heard: A Hong Kong
Citizen’s Handbook
(2002); Building Democracy: Creating Good Government
for Hong Kong
(2003); At the Epicentre
: Hong Kong and the SARS Outbreak (2004) and Functional
Constituencies: A Unique Feature of the Hong Kong Legislative Council
(2006).


After many years of
distinguished Board leadership, Bob Bernstein will continue to contribute his
invaluable guidance, vision and commitment in his new role as Chair
Emeritus.

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