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Correction: In 2003, HRIC erroneously reported that Jin Haike, Xu Wei, Yang Zili and Zhang Honghai were charged with “inciting subversion of state power.” The actual charge was “subversion of state power.” The correction has been made in this press release. Beijing Municipal People's Procuratorate...

June Fourth refers to the June 3-4, 1989 government military crackdown that ended the large-scale, peaceful protests in Beijing and other cities that spring and early summer. Despite persistent citizen demands for the truth and an accounting of the bloodshed, the authorities have offered nothing beyond their characterization that the protests were “counterrevolutionary riots”—a  label they later changed to “political disturbance” (政治风波)—which “the Party and state suppressed by using decisive measures.” (党和国家采取果断措施平息).

I’ve read about a dozen China prison memoirs over the years, and nothing has affected me the way Liao Yiwu’s prison diary has, with its detailed and graphic descriptions of prison life. I attribute the impact of this book to Liao’s skills as a poet, his writer’s nose for detail, and his willingness...
Jiang Tianyong (江天勇) , a Beijing-based lawyer, told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that on February 16 he was detained and beaten by police inside a police station. According to Jiang, around 3:00 p.m. he was taken to the Yangfangdian police substation in Haidian District immediately after he and a...

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Beginning in late summer of 2014, many mainland Chinese used social media to express their views about Hong Kongers’ fight for a democratic future. HRIC has collected some samples of these messages of solidarity posted online by mainlanders. Many of them reflect the writers’ deeply-felt conviction that the future path of Hong Kong has profound implications for that of mainland China.

HRIC is deeply concerned about the statement by the spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) during a briefing on November 19, 2019, that castigated the “extreme violence” committed by young protesters in Hong Kong, “including against the police force.” While...
Human Rights in China’s Incorporating Responsibility 2008 Take Action Campaign ( http://www.ir2008.org ) highlights individuals in detention and systemic human rights challenges. Each month, the Take Action Campaign will focus on a selected case, beginning in January with Shi Tao , and identify...
Debating China: The U.S.-China Relationship in Ten Conversations reveals what American and Chinese academics think about both countries’ values and policies. With exceptions, the Chinese insist that whatever is wrong in China stems from foreign exploitation and interference. They see, too, U.S...
Venue: Human Rights Watch Conference Room, New York Ladies and Gentlemen: Standing before you today, I feel very strange, as if in a dream. Only two days ago, I was in a Reeducation Through Labor camp in China. I was extremely sick, and it was very difficult to get a medical examination, and even...

Most special procedures are able to intervene directly with governments through private communications or urgent appeals when they receive allegations of, or information regarding, violations that ffall within their mandates. In such instances, a letter may be sent to the state at the discretion of the mandate holder requesting information and comments. Communications  between a special procedure and a state are strictly confidential.

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