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About the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is the groundbreaking foundational document of the modern human rights regime. In 1948, it set out for the first time a set of fundamental, universal human rights to which all human beings are entitled. Starting as an aspirational treatise, it is now considered the part of the “International Bill of Human Rights” and it has shaped and informed almost every area of international law.

Record of Meeting [By Lawyer Liu Zhengqing of his meeting with Huang Qi] [English translation by HRIC] Time: Afternoon, October 23, 2018 Location: Meeting Room #18 at the Mianyang Municipal Detention Center Interviewer: Lawyer Liu Zhengqing Interviewee: Huang Qi Question (Liu Zhengqing): Please...
In this update, the students and recent graduates of Peking University who initiated the public statement on July 29 to support the detained Jasic workers in Shenzhen report that their statement has garnered more than 1,600 signatures in just one day—despite the statement having been deleted from...
On January 13, 2018, 40 June Fourth victims’ family members joined a New Year gathering in Beijing organized by the Tiananmen Mothers. The participants observed a moment of silence to pay tribute to the 50 victims’ family members who have passed away, and reiterated their three unwavering demands...
On the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Wang Xiuying, a woman in her 80s from Beijing, published an open letter to Xi Jinping arguing that “continuing the Party’s absolute leadership over the army is paradoxical.” The open letter states that the army’s...
Reports continue to expose the serious human rights violations committed against lawyers and activists arrested in the 709 Crackdown. In addition to attorneys Xie Yang, Li Heping, Li Chunfu, as well as activist Wu Gan, many rights defenders caught up in the crackdown are reported to have been...
Ding Zilin, mother of Jiang Jielian, who was shot and killed, at age 17, on the night of June 3, 1989, is a founder of the Tiananmen Mothers group. Mrs. Lois Snow is the widow of the late Edgar Snow, American journalist and author of Red Star Over China (1937), widely regarded as one of the most...
During the elections for deputies to the Jinan district and township level People's Congresses, Sun Wenguang, an independent candidate and retired professor of Shandong University, was imprisoned in his home for several days under round-the-clock watch by public security officers. In the article...
In February 2016, 80-year-old Beijing resident Wang Xiuying applied to the National Audit Office for “Open Information on the Exit Audit Report of Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, legal representative of China Investment Corporation and Central Huijin Investment Company Ltd.” The National Audit Office...
Dear Mr. Xi Jinping: Hello! I am an old woman from Beijing, more than 80 years old. My name is Wang Xiuying. On the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party China (CPC), I would like to discuss the issue of the CPC’s legitimacy. As everyone knows, the CPC was established under the...

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