On Sunday evening, Beijing concluded the 29th Olympiad that had opened 16 days ago with a ceremony that awed and mesmerized spectators and television viewers around the world. Under the spotlight of the international media, the Chinese government presented exalted images of China's history and...
In 2003, HRIC launched a five-year campaign, "Incorporating Responsibility 2008" (IR2008). The campaign leveraged the international and domestic opportunities arising out of the 2008 Beijing Olympics’ commitments to promote equitable development, freedom of expression, and other human rights. The campaign’s specific goals were to: support domestic activists, expand China’s independent civil society space, and promote the Chinese government’s compliance with its Olympics promises and international human rights obligations.
On February 9, 2009, China underwent its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. During the review, 60 member states of the UN engaged in an interactive dialogue with the Chinese delegation about the implementation of its international human rights obligations.
On October 22, 2013, China underwent its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. During the review, 137 member states of the UN engaged in an interactive dialogue with the Chinese delegation. The review examined China's implementation of the recommendations it had accepted following its first UPR in 2009, as well as new developments or outstanding issues in the fulfillment of its human rights obligations and commitments.
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.