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 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 (中文版本)

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


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 Xu Zhiyong – March 9, 2020, CHRD

Commentary Articles

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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