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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...
Tiananmen Moon: Inside the Chinese Student Uprising of 1989

“His book, written with the dual perspective of a participant in the movement and as a freelancer working with the international press, is the first and last word on that historic and horrific moment in the rise of modern China.”— Gay Talese, author of A Writer's Life

Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights: The Impact of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

This HRIC whitepaper analyzes the counterterrorism policies and practices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional group comprising six states with deeply troubling human rights records: China, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It argues that these policies and practices undermine the effectiveness and integrity of the international counterterrorism framework, and enable SCO member states to target their own populations through repressive measures that compromise internationally recognized human rights.

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Empty Promises: Human Rights Protections and China's Criminal Procedure Law

This study evaluates the effect of the 1996 amendment of China’s Criminal Procedure Law (CPL, enacted in 1979) and shows that the Chinese authorities have circumvented the CPL’s rights safeguards by exploiting loopholes, watering down existing provisions, and blatantly violating the law. In some areas, the revisions have actually resulted in greater limitations on rights. Includes HRIC’s recommendations on steps that China and the international community can take to improve respect for international human rights norms in China’s criminal justice system.

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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.

Please see below for links to some of the more frequently referred to laws and  regulations on our website, grouped by topic.

(For a full list of the laws that are available on our website, please see here, and for a full topical index, please see here).

From Al Jazeera, “ China added to list of 10 most censored countries ” Gao Wenqian, a policy adviser with the international advocacy group Human Rights in China, explained that any formidable change would have come from within China. “The person who ties a knot is the only person who can untie that...
Institutionalized Exclusion: The tenuous legal status of internal migrants in China’s major cities

The focus of this report is the legal status of internal migrants in four of China's major cities, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. It describes the discriminatory laws and policies that make internal migrants second class citizens, essentially leaving 10 to 20 percent of the poorest residents of these cities virtually without rights. Since the poorest and most vulnerable among the rural-to-urban migrants are least able to circumvent the mechanisms of control, due to their lack of money and influence, and are most likely to be subject to official and popular discrimination, their experience is the report's principal subject matter.

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