China Rights Review ‘Shrouded in Secrecy,’ Activists Pressured

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China has launched a nationwide crackdown on rights activists clamoring for transparency and participation in the government’s closed-door preparations for a once-in-four years U.N. review of the country’s human rights record, according to a rights group. Chinese rights campaigners who called on the government both to disclose materials about the (read more…)

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People’s Republic of China: Ongoing “residential surveillance” of human rights defender Zhu Chengzhi

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The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention on the following situation in the People’s Republic of China.

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China: Ill-treatment of Mr. Hu Jia during interrogation

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Originally published in OMCT on March 20, 2013 URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORY CHN 002 / 0313 / OBS 026 Arbitrary arrest / Ill-treatment / Harassment People’s Republic of China March 20, 2013 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against (read more…)

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CHRD: human rights situation in China not improving

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Originally published in Asianews.it on March 18, 2013 Chinese Human Rights Defenders released its annual report on human rights violations in mainland China last year. Forced labour cases are down but the number of people taking their own life because of the authorities’ refusal to listen to their grievances is (read more…)

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Security steps up for petitioners as China parliament meets

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Originally published in South China Morning Post on March 11, 2013 Agence France-Presse in Beijing A few miles from China’s National People’s Congress in Beijing, citizens who have travelled from across the country to tell the government about their problems face tight controls on this age-old right. China’s centuries-old petition (read more…)

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Petitioners seek rights as China parliament meets

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Originally published in Bangkok Post on March 11, 2013 A few miles from China’s National People’s Congress in Beijing, citizens who have travelled from across the country to tell the government about their problems face tight controls on this age-old right. China’s centuries-old petition system, developed under imperial rule, is (read more…)

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People’s Republic of China: Mr. Zhu Chengzhi at risk of enforced disappearance

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The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), requests your urgent intervention on the following situation in the People’s Republic of China.

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Opposition to Labor Camps Widens in China

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BEIJING — It is hard to say exactly which “subversive” sentiments drew the police to Ren Jianyu, who posted them on his microblog last year, although “down with dictatorship” and “long live democracy” stand out.

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China denies removing man over deaths of five homeless children

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The man who revealed the deaths of five homeless children in a bin this week, sparking soul-searching across China, has been taken away by officials, his supporters have said. The boys, who were found dead in the south-western province of Guizhou, were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, apparently after lighting (read more…)

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Chinese petitioners put their lives on the line

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Security measures were tight during China’s recent communist party congress. Petitioners were targeted and at least two of them died for unknown reasons while in custody. […]According to the activist group “Chinese Human Rights Defenders,” Zhang and several other petitioners were arrested by the Beijing police and handed over to (read more…)

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China activists dead in custody: rights groups

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BEIJING — At least two activists died in custody before or during China’s Communist Party congress and tens of thousands had their movements restricted, rights groups said Monday.

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Xi Jinping: the ‘big personality’ taking charge in China

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Originally published in The Guardian on November 15, 2012 Xi Jinping, who has been confirmed as the man who will lead China for the next decade, cuts a contrasting figure to his predecessor, Hu Jintao. While Hu is determinedly anonymous, Xi is “a big personality”, according to those who have met (read more…)

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