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“Lawyer Xia Lin: Such Is Our Country, and All We Can Do Now Is Fill Up Our Glasses” Guo Yushan, September 20, 2016 [HRIC Note: On September 22, 2016, Xia Lin ( 夏霖) , a well-known criminal defense lawyer of the Beijing Huayi Law Firm was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment and three years’...
Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, released a statement today in Beijing saying that while China’s achievements in alleviating extreme poverty in recent years have been “extraordinary,” that progress has been accompanied by “very high levels of inequality...
In the first week of August 2016, the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People's Court tried and convicted one rights lawyer and three activists of “subversion of state power.” They were Zhai Yanmin ( 翟岩民) , a law firm employee; Hu Shigen ( 胡石根) , a democracy and religious freedom activist; Zhou Shifeng...
On May 9, 2016, imprisoned and ailing rights activist Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) (penname of Yang Maodong, ( 杨茂东 ) ) began a hunger strike to protest degrading treatment in prison that included the video recording of a forced physical exam, which prison authorities threatened to post online. Guo’s...
For nearly three decades the Chinese government authorities have continued to attempt to suppress the historical truth of June Fourth. They have ignored the appeals for truth, accountability, and compensation for the killings of unarmed citizens and jailed those who wish to commemorate the victims...
The following is an open letter by Zhang Qing ( 张青 ) , wife of imprisoned rights advocate Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) (also known as Yang Maodong ( 杨茂东 ) ), urging the UN Human Rights Council to conduct an investigation into Guo’s condition in Yangchun Prison in Guangdong Province. On April 26, Guo’s...
Yang Maoping ( 杨茂 平) , sister of imprisoned rights activist Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄) (also known as Yang Maodong ( 杨茂东) ), circulated online the below account about Guo’s ill health after she visited him in Yangchun Prison, Guangdong (广东阳春监狱) this morning. Yang said that she repeated a request she first...
Labor activist Liu Shaoming ( 刘少明 ) was tried today at a court in Guangzhou for “inciting subversion of state power,” in a case that is almost entirely based on Liu’s writings published online. The trial ended without a verdict. Liu, a former worker who supported the 1989 Democracy Movement and has...
Next Tuesday and Wednesday, November 17 and 18, in Geneva, the UN Committee Against Torture will review China on its implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), which it ratified in 1988. This review is taking place in a year...
In advance of the upcoming UN Committee Against Torture’s review of China, Chinese authorities recently submitted their responses to the list of issues raised by the Committee in June 2015. Scheduled to take place on November 17 and 18 in Geneva, this will be the Committee’s fifth review of China...

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