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In an essay mourning those killed in June Fourth, the Tiananmen Mothers—a group of families of June Fourth victims—renew their unwavering call for “truth, accountability, and compensation” on the 30th Anniversary of the brutal military crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement, where untold numbers of unarmed civilians were killed. The group quotes former German Chancellor Willy Brandt, who in 1970 knelt before the monument to Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and apologized for the crimes of Nazi Germany: “He who forgets or seeks to forget will become sick in his soul.”
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Thirty years ago, on June 3-4, 1989, the Chinese government unleashed massive military force against civilians in Beijing, both participants and observers of an exuberant and peaceful large-scale protest centered in Tiananmen Square which had also spread to other cities. Initiated by students, the...
In advance of the 30th anniversary of the June Fourth crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement, the Tiananmen Mothers—a group of family members of those killed in the crackdown—issued the following essay to commemorate their loved ones and also to press the Chinese authorities for accountability for the killing of unarmed civilians. HRIC is honored to publish the essay—in Chinese original and English translation—at the group’s request.
According to a source inside China, since the Two Congresses started, Pu Wenqing (蒲文清) , the 86-year-old mother of Huang Qi (黄琦) , the detained veteran rights defender and the founder of 64 Tianwang website (64tianwang.com), has been under round-the-clock monitoring by security personnel. She has...
Under intense international anticipation of the release today from prison of prominent rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong ( 江天勇) , who was convicted of the trumped up charge of “inciting subversion of state power,” the Chinese authorities have instead disappeared him. His supporters outside the Henan...
Dear Chairman Xi, We are writing to you on International Mother Language Day, a day to embrace and enjoy cultural and linguistic diversity and multilingualism. Every year since 2000, this day has been marked around the world with the aim of promoting peace and preserving mother tongues, one of the...
During Chinese New Year, Sichuan rights activist Tan Zuoren ( 谭作人) and his wife, Wang Qinghua ( 王庆华 ) visited the families of several fellow Sichuan rights defenders and activists: the mother of the imprisoned rights activist Huang Qi( 黄琦) ; the parents of Wu Guofeng( 吴国锋) , a student who died in...
In an open letter sent to heads of government missions to the UN in Geneva, Human Rights in China joins 39 other NGOs to press for a UN resolution to address the deteriorating human rights situation in China. The NGOs call for governments to use the upcoming session of the Human Rights Council (...
Your Excellency, The past year was marked by vitally important monitoring and review of China’s human rights situation by the United Nations human rights system. The upcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council provides a key opportunity to reinforce the issues raised over the last year, and...
The long awaited trial of the case of veteran Sichuan activist Huang Qi ( 黄琦) began and ended two days ago, on January 14, with little information available to the outside world about its outcome or what transpired. As has been widely reported, supporters and foreign diplomats seeking to attend the...
In a Congressional hearing today, faced with questions from multiple members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee about Google’ s controversial Dragonfly Project—a search engine in development designed to meet the censorship requirements of the Chinese government—Google CEO Sundar Pichai...
HRIC joins 70 NGOs, individuals in an open letter led by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International to urge Google to drop the development of a censored search engine for the Chinese market. OPEN LETTER: RESPONSE TO GOOGLE on PROJECT DRAGONFLY, CHINA AND HUMAN RIGHTS To: Sundar Pichai, Chief...
On November 9 and 11, continuing their attempt to crush the support for a campaign to form an independent union by workers at the factory of Jasic Technology in Shenzhen, authorities seized 18 supporters in five cities—Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Wuhan. The actions included the...
In a statement authenticated by her thumbprint, Pu Wenqing ( 蒲文清) , 85, mother of Huang Qi ( 黄琦) , the Sichuan rights activist in prolonged detention, says that the authorities have deployed large amounts of resources to monitor her as she petitions for justice for her son. She says if she is...
China’s continued repression of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang and Tibet and acts in blatant violation of religious and cultural rights and freedoms protected under international law remained a focus of the concerns raised by many states during the Universal Periodic Review of China at the UN Human...

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For the 30th anniversary of June Fourth, HRIC presents the “Unforgotten” project—a series of profiles of those killed by the Chinese martial law troops. Based on the information accumulated by the Tiananmen Mothers over nearly three decades, “Unforgotten” seeks to honor the lives of the fallen by telling their stories, and generate international support for the Tiananmen Mothers in their three demands from the Chinese government: the truth of what happened, accountability for the killing of unarmed civilians, and compensation to survivors and families of those killed. To this first group of 30 profiles, we will add an additional 40 by early June.

"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.

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