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In this timely essay, Chen Jiangang, one of China’s well-known rights defense lawyers, tells the story of the campaign waged by the Chinese authorities over the past decade intended to crush the rights defense legal profession.
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In the late evening of June 30, 2020, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee Standing Committee (NPCSC) unanimously passed The Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (NSL-HK) that went into force the same day...
New York, Paris Taipei, 1 July 2020: FIDH and its member organizations Human Rights in China (HRIC), Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR), and Covenants Watch condemn in the strongest terms China’s unilateral adoption and promulgation of the national security law for Hong Kong.
[Translation by Human Rights in China] At precisely the moment when countries around the world are still focusing their energies on combating the pandemic of the century, and the situation in Hong Kong deteriorates by the hour, the Chinese authorities have seized the opportunity to announce a “Hong...
OPEN LETTER June 16, 2020 To: Li Zhanshu Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) Re: Reject National Security Legislation Dear Chairman Li, We are writing to express our grave concerns regarding the recent adoption by China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) of...
April 28, 2020, Xiaoyan Feng( 丰晓燕 ) , the deputy investigator of the Research Office of the People’s Congress of Linyi City, Shandong Province, distributed democracy leaflets in Wangfujing, Beijing, advocating for democratic reform and the reelection of the Chinese president, and opposing social...
In his article, lawyer Chen Jiangang discusses what he terms as the “Four Breakthroughs” that President Xi Jinping has “achieved” during his administration: 1. Breaking with the principle of abiding by international treaty obligation, (referring to the the 1984 Joint Declaration that the Chinese...
On January 19, 2018, lawyer Yu Wensheng published a "Citizen’s Proposal to Amend the Constitution," with recommendations for deleting the "Preamble” to the Constitution and for other political reforms. He was criminally detained the following day, on suspicion of "obstructing official business" and...
  • June Fourth Victoria Park 2016
For the first time in 30 years, Hong Kong authorities are banning the annual June Fourth candlelight vigil in Victoria Park, which has been peacefully held for decades, drawing tens of thousands, and as many as 150,000 to 200,0000 in some years, to commemorate those who died in the June Fourth...
[English translation by Human Rights in China] This year, 2020, is the 31st anniversary of the June Fourth massacre that took place in Beijing, China, in 1989. We will not forget the tragedy. That year, in peacetime, the Chinese government mobilized our nation’s military force—a force flaunted as "...

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