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At the request of the Tiananmen Mothers, HRIC issues the group’s open letter to Xi Jinping (below) regarding Liu Xiaobo. Letter to President Xi Jinping from Tiananmen Mothers Regarding Liu Xiaobo Chairman Xi Jinping: We were shocked by the devastating news that in prison, Mr. Liu Xiaobo became...

About the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is the groundbreaking foundational document of the modern human rights regime. In 1948, it set out for the first time a set of fundamental, universal human rights to which all human beings are entitled. Starting as an aspirational treatise, it is now considered the part of the “International Bill of Human Rights” and it has shaped and informed almost every area of international law.

Transcribed by HRIC of oral statements delivered in English or interpreted. Archived video of the review is available here . This transcription includes statements by: Australia Austria Brazil Canada Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Iceland Ireland Japan Kazakhstan...

China has enjoyed marked progress in its legal system since beginning economic reforms and opening up in the late-1970s. Training of judges, prosecutors, police, and defense lawyers has also contributed to gradual improvement of the civil and criminal justice systems. Despite these advances, legal reform continues to face serious challenges.

In her appeal below, Chu Ling ( 楚玲 ), the wife of the imprisoned political cartoonist and rights activist Jiang Yefei ( 姜野飞 ) , urges the Canadian government, the United Nations, and international human rights organizations to intervene in her husband’s case. Chu calls on them to pressure the...
Massive violations exposed The prisoners of Hunan Red Mountain Prison speak bitterness
When I heard the news about Jiaxi being arrested, it was as if I had been struck by lightning. I learned about it on the evening of April 17, when I opened my email inbox. Suddenly, several frightening words leapt out at me: “If I lose my freedom...” The email was from Zhao Changqing, a long-time...
In a draconian decision on March 17, 2009, the Haidian District Bureau of Justice in Beijing ordered a six-month shutdown of Yitong, the Beijing law firm well known for handling controversial and sensitive cases. In addition, the Bureau ordered the firm to turn in the licenses of all their lawyers...

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