COVID-19 and Human Rights in China

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COVID-19 and Human Rights in China

Database of Cases

CHRD has documented 897 cases involving Chinese Internet users penalized by police for their online speech or information sharing about coronavirus between January 1 and March 26, 2020. The full bilingual Chinese and English list can be found here.


China: Stop Using COVID-19 for Unnecessary Restrictions on Detainees’ Visitation Rights, June 22, 2020, CHRD

China Must End Discrimination against Hubei Residents and African Migrants in the Context of Containing Pandemic, April 21, 2020, CHRD (简体中文)

“A Healthy Society Should Not Have Just One Voice” – China Must End Crackdown on Online Speech in Response to COVID-19, April 1, 2020, CHRD (updated October 21, 2020) (中文版本)

China: Protect Human Rights While Combatting Coronavirus Outbreak, January 31, 2020, CHRD (简体中文)


Publisher Formally Arrested After Speaking Out in Support of Government Critics, October 26, 2020, CHRD

Prominent Businessman Handed Heavy 18-Year Prison Sentence for Criticising Xi Jinping, October 5, 2020, CHRD

Outspoken Publisher Detained After Raising Awareness of Arbitrary Detentions, September 14, 2020, CHRD

Outspoken Businessman Put on Trial After Criticizing Xi Jinping’s COVID-19 Response, September 14, 2020, CHRD

Fear Over Hong Kong: National Security Law Boosts Abuses of Human Rights, August 25, 2020, CHRD

COVID-19 Quarantine Again Used to Illegally Detain Activist, July 15, 2020, CHRD

Police Take Away Journalist Jiang Xue After Her Article Mourning Dr. Li Wenliang, May 18, 2020, CHRD

Police Detain Citizen Journalist Zhang Zhan, Who Reported on COVID-19 in Wuhan, May 18, 2020, CHRD

Former Prisoner of Conscience Criminally Detained in Hunan for Online Comments about Dissident & COVID Detentions, May 4, 2020, CHRD

Chinese Authorities Threaten COVID-19 Victims & Families Seeking Compensation, April 30, 2020, CHRD

Retired Professor Arrested for Calling COVID-19 “CCP Virus”, April 28, 2020, CHRD

China Detains Three Youths for Documenting Censored Information about COVID-19, April 27, 2020, CHRD

Hubei Woman Arrested After Neighborhood Protest Against Price Hikes in Lockdown, April 22, 2020, CHRD

Released Prisoners of Conscience Forced into “Quarantine”, April 22, 2020, CHRD

Submissions to the United Nations

Communiqué Alleging Arbitrary Detention of Three Citizen Journalists for Documenting the COVID-19 Pandemic – November 6, 2020, CHRD

Chinese government response to 8 UN Special Procedures communication (AL CHN 8/2020), July 6, 2020

Communication from 8 UN Special Procedures to the Chinese Government, AL CHN 8/2020, 7 May 2020

Communiqué Alleging Arbitrary Detention of Xu Zhiyong – March 9, 2020, CHRD

Portraits of Defenders

Citizen Journalist Zhang Zhan (continously updated), CHRD

Scholar Chen Zhaozhi (continously updated), CHRD

Legal scholar Xu Zhiyong (continously updated), CHRD

Commentary Articles

How to Combat CCP Disinformation on COVID-19, December 9, 2020, Frances Eve, CHRD

Grant a Dying Mother’s Wish, May 6, 2020, Frances Eve, CHRD

China’s reaction to the coronavirus outbreak violates human rights, February 12, 2020, Frances Eve, The Guardian

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