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Liu Xia, the widow of Liu Xiaobo, 2010 Nobel Peace laureate, at the Helsinki International Airport, Finland, en route to Germany, on July 10, 2018. She was first put under unlawful house arrest in October 2010, following the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize for her husband—For nearly eight years, the authorities severely restricted her contact with the outside world. Appeals for her release by the international community intensified following reports of her worsening depression since Liu Xiaobo’s death in July 2017. (File photo: Facebook/Chow Po-chung)
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In a report issued today, a UN committee of independent experts detail numerous concerns over the adequacy of the Chinese government’s efforts in implementing its treaty obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) to respect and...
This week, international media reported with some alarm the news that Google is building a version of its search engine for mobile users in China that is designed to restrict information flow by filtering out search terms including human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest...
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 July 27, 30 of workers and their supporters at Jasic Technology Co., Ltd. in Shenzhen, who were demanding to form a labor union, were detained by the police. On July 29, Yue Xin ( 岳昕 ), a recent graduate of Peking University’s School of Foreign Languages, initiated a signature campaign for a...
Three years have passed since the 709 Crackdown, but the Chinese authorities’ repression of human rights lawyers in China continues. The 709 Crackdown not only marked the beginning of a downturn of China’s political environment, but also has far-reaching negative implications for China’s judicial...
Dear President Tusk and President Juncker, Several of our organizations last wrote to you in May 2017, ahead of the June 2017 European Union (EU)-China summit in Brussels, regarding the growing human rights crisis in China and the response of the EU. Since that time, the situation in China has...
“Although the June Fourth tragedy has become history, the catastrophe it brought has not yet come to an end, and it is difficult for the wounds to heal.” — Tiananmen Mothers , June 1, 2018 It has been 29 years since the Chinese authorities unleashed a bloody crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement...
On the occasion of the 29th anniversary of June Fourth, the Tiananmen Mothers authorize Human Rights in China to publish this open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping. The full text of the open letter is as follows. [Translation by Human Rights in China] Dear President Xi Jinping: This year...
Pu Wenqing ( 蒲文清 ), mother of detained Sichuan rights activist Huang Qi ( 黄琦) , recently sent an appeal to request the Central Inspection Team to instruct relevant authorities in Sichuan Province and Mianyang Municipality to openly and fairly handle Huang Qi’s case in accordance with the law, and...
Open Letter To President Xi Jinping RE: Immediate and unconditional release of Tibetan language advocate, Tashi Wangchuk Our organisations are committed to freedom of expression, freedom of the press and human rights in Tibet and China. We are writing today, on World Press Freedom Day, to express...
[PDF version] Dear Secretary-General, In advance of the preparation of your upcoming second biennial report on “the status of the human rights treaty body system and the progress achieved by the UN human rights treaty bodies in realizing greater efficiency and effectiveness in their work” as set...
[PDF version] Your Excellency, We write prior to the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to urge your delegation to send a clear message to China denouncing its rollback in respect for human rights. Since President Xi Jinping assumed power in March 2013, Chinese authorities have...
Below is a translation of a message from Li Wenzu ( 李文足 ) , wife of disappeared lawyer Wang Quanzhang ( 王全璋 ) , who has been put under house arrest in Beijing. The message was tweeted out on April 11 by Cai Chu ( 蔡楚 ) , chief editor of the and websites. On April 4, 2018...
On April 4, 2018, the 999th day of her husband’s disappearance, Li Wenzu , wife of lawyer Wang Quanzhang who was arrested in the 709 Crackdown, started her march, from the Supreme People’s Court in Beijing to the Tianjin No.2 Intermediate People's Court to search for her husband. On April 9, 2018,...
Lois Wheeler Snow died on April 3, 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland. The actress and author was an outspoken critic of human rights abuses in China. Born in 1920 in Stockton, California, Ms. Snow was the widow of journalist Edgar Snow, whose 1937 book on the Communist revolution, Red Star Over China ,...
In a parallel report submitted to the Human Rights Council, HRIC cautions that China has been mounting a systematic campaign at the United Nations to undermine the existing human rights system with consequences for Chinese people and for the effectiveness of human rights protections for all people...
In an appeal submitted last week, Liu Yao ( 刘尧 ) , a well-known former rights defense lawyer sentenced to 20 years in prison and a fine of RMB 1.4 million ($221,000) for “extortion,” “fraud,” and “buying trafficked children,” asks the Guangdong Provincial Procuratorate to vacate his conviction. Liu...
UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination Review of China
Human Rights Council, August 10, 13, 2018

Videos available on UN website :
Day 1, August 10 EN, CH
Day 2, August 13 EN, CH

Video: Opening of 96th Session Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination, August 6 2018

HRIC Resources on CERD
PRC report: EN, CH
HRIC parallel report: EN

The Guardian, July 11, 2018

On July 11, Qin Yongmin, 64, veteran democracy activist, a cofounder of the China Democracy Party and founder of China Human Rights Watch, is sentenced to 13 years in prison for “subversion of state power.” This sentence, on top of the 22 years he had previously served, will make him one of the longest-serving political prisoners in China.

See more on Qin Yongmin.

"Upfront," Aljazeera, April 6, 2018

HRIC executive director Sharon Hom and Qinduo Xu, senior fellow at the Pangoal Institution in Beijing, debate the end of term limits for Chinese President Xi Jinping on Aljazeera’s Upfront. [Segment starts at 14:35]

  • 2018 Universal Periodic Review of China (EN, CH)

Submitted to the Human Rights Council in Advance of the Third Universal Periodic Review of the People’s Republic of China, March 2018

  • Ensuring Safe & Sustainable Civil Society Space Within UN Human Rights Bodies: Challenges & Recommendations (ENCH)

Submitted as input into the report by the High Commissioner on the procedures and practices of civil society involvement with regional and international organizations requested under the Human Rights Council (HRC) Resolution 32/31.

A message from Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
October 30, 2017

See more on the 19th Party Congress by Gao Wenqian: EN.

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  • Mi Ling Tsui speaking at rally on the 57th Anniversary of the "Tibetan National Uprising Day." Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York City, March 10, 2016. Credit: HRIC photo.
  • Keith Harper, U.S. Ambassador to the Human Rights Council, delivering a joint statement by 12 governments on the human rights deterioration in China since 2015. Geneva, Switzerland, March 10, 2016. Credit: Screen capture of video.
  • Panel discussion HRIC participated in at Fordham Law School. New York City, March 7, 2016.
  • HRIC Executive Director, Sharon Hom, speaking at  “Cybersecurity from China’s Perspective,” panel organized by The Christian Science Monitor. Boston, February 4, 2016. Credit: Screen capture from Christian Science Monitor’s YouTube channel.
  • HRIC staff with NGO colleagues during China’s fifth review by the Committee Against Torture. Geneva, Switzerland, November 18, 2015. Credit: HRIC photo.
  • Sharon Hom presenting at the “Internet Freedom Technology Showcase: The Future of Human Rights Online,” coordinated by the U.S. Department of State. City University of New York, September 26, 2015.
  • Sharon Hom participating in “Tenzin Delek Lives: A Memorial and Tribute.” Foley Square, New York City, August 30, 2015. Credit: HRIC photo.
  • June Fourth candlelight vigil in Victoria Park, Hong Kong, 2015. Photo Credit: HRIC photo.
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