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2015 has seen one of the most draconian crackdowns in China since 1989, marked by detentions, threats and intimidation of defenders, often extending to their families, personal attacks in the official media, and seemingly endless restrictions on their professional and personal lives. HRIC’s looking back on the year highlights and pays tribute to the persistence and resilience of the lawyers, women’s rights activists, and other defenders who, at great personal risk, are working for a stronger China. 

In this brief article (Chinese only), veteran Guangdong-based rights defender Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄) summarizes the points he made in support of Southern Weekly during interviews and exchanges with other participates made at a rally before Southern Weekly Guangzhou offices. The significance of the...
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...

UN Treaty Bodies are committees of experts charged with monitoring the implementation of the nine core international human rights treaties. Each of these international human rights treaties establishes a committee of independent experts, who are nominated and elected by state parties and serve in a personal capacity.

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