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In this short video, Xu Lin, a writer, poet, songwriter, and structural engineer, describes being taken in for questioning on December 17. He says that the Guangzhou police intercepted him when he was taking his kid to school that morning, and accused him of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble...
President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 We write regarding the state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 24-25, 2015. Our organizations have worked to help promote and defend human rights in China for decades, and are deeply...
An Independent Path (Part 1) [English translation by Human Rights in China] “Shun! Guess where I am now?” These were the first words that burst out of my mom after her “long distance” phone call finally got through. I could hear the great excitement in her voice, but I didn’t realize she was...
“Shun” (舜) is a legendary leader of ancient China—one of the “Five Emperors”—who lived in 23rd-22nd century B.C.; it is also my name. Actually, my parents originally named me “Xin,” after the protagonist in the Japanese television show, Oshin . They hoped that like the protagonist, I would...
January 7, 2013 [English translation by Human Rights in China]
By the beginning of 2009, the Chinese authorities had worked out a comprehensive content monitoring system for the Internet.
The following is a list of Chinese and English-language resources related to technology, the Internet, human rights, and China. These resources include digital and print materials developed by governments, NGOs, and academics.
Many Internet users are aware that they ought to look for a padlock icon in their web browsers when doing something important online. Some users understand that the padlock is supposed to indicate that their communications are “secure”—confidential and in some sense authentic.
Compiled by HRIC 101 (error 101, HTTP 101): A standard error message indicating that the web browser was unable to communicate with the server. 403 (error 403, HTTP 403) : A standard error message indicating that the server will not allow a user to access the resource requested. 404 (error 404,...

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