Holiday repression signals dire year for human rights in China in 2022

Holiday repression signals dire year for human rights in China in 2022

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In a series of calculated moves, taking advantage of a lull in international attention during the holiday period between Christmas and New Year, the Chinese authorities rushed through a number of acts in violation of human rights in the areas of freedom of expression, press freedom, and religious freedom. In (read more…)

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Chinese Authorities May Put Prominent Activists Xu Zhiyong and Ding Jiaxi On Trial Around End-of-Year Holidays, PEN America and China Human Rights Defenders Warn

Chinese Authorities May Put Prominent Activists Xu Zhiyong and Ding Jiaxi On Trial Around End-of-Year Holidays, PEN America and China Human Rights Defenders Warn

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Chinese authorities may use the lull around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to subject prominent human rights defenders to unfair trials while much of the international community is distracted, PEN America and China Human Rights Defenders warned today in a joint statement.

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New Wave of Persecution Against Chinese Human Rights Lawyers Must Sound the Alarm

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CHRD calls for urgent international attention to recent developments in persecuting and clamping down on human rights lawyers in China, with criminal trials against three Chinese human rights lawyers – Li Yuhan, Qin Yongpei, and Hao Jingsong — and revocation of the licenses of two veteran lawyers – Liang Xiaojun, (read more…)

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The world cannot rely on Chinese state media to know if Peng Shuai is free

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“Peng Shuai’s latest statement – released through state media – should not be taken at face value. The Chinese government has a long history of arbitrarily detaining people involved in controversial cases, controlling their ability to speak freely, and making them give forced statements. Until Peng Shuai is free, the (read more…)

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China: immediately release #MeToo activist and fellow civil society advocate

China: immediately release #MeToo activist and fellow civil society advocate

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Human Rights Defenders, September 21, 2021) One journalist and one activist have gone missing for two days. Colleagues and friends fear that police took them into custody in Guangzhou. CHRD urges Chinese authorities to investigate their whereabouts and, if confirmed, release them immediately and unconditionally.

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RSF and 44-NGO coalition urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to release Covid-19 reporter on hunger strike

RSF and 44-NGO coalition urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to release Covid-19 reporter on hunger strike

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On September 17th, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and a coalition of 44 human rights NGOs urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to exonerate and release Covid-19 reporter Zhang Zhan, who has been on hunger strike since May 2020, for which she was forced-fed.

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The Chinese government should have investigated a lawyer’s torture allegations, not tortured him again

The Chinese government should have investigated a lawyer’s torture allegations, not tortured him again

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CHRD condemns the Chinese government’s latest alleged torture of Chang Weiping and urges the international community to hold China to account for its blatant disregard of its human rights obligations

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Hong Kong: Drop Charges Against Vigil Organizers

Hong Kong: Drop Charges Against Vigil Organizers

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CHRD joined 61 other groups in calling on the Hong Kong government to drop all charges against leaders of the civic group that had been holding annual mass vigils in Victoria Park commemorating the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre.

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Persecution of the Hong Kong Alliance makes a mockery of NSL promises

Persecution of the Hong Kong Alliance makes a mockery of NSL promises

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CHRD condemns the ongoing persecution against the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of the Patriotic Democratic Movement of China (“the Hong Kong Alliance”), and in particular, the arrest on Thursday of chairman Lee Cheuk-yan, vice-chairs Chow Hang-tung and Albert Ho on the charge of “inciting subversion”, which could carry a (read more…)

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Germany must stop deportation of Chinese Activist Liu Bing

Germany must stop deportation of Chinese Activist Liu Bing

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CHRD urgently urges the German government not to return activist Liu Bing to China, where he is at risk of torture and ill-treatment, as well as detention and unfair trial.

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Chinese Authorities Must Release Three NGO Staff Sentenced by Changsha Intermediate Court, End Crackdown on Rights Advocacy

Chinese Authorities Must Release Three NGO Staff Sentenced by Changsha Intermediate Court, End Crackdown on Rights Advocacy

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CHRD condemns the Changsha Municipal Intermediate Court’s secret sentencing of three mainland Chinese NGO workers Cheng Yuan (程渊), Liu Dazhi (刘大志), and Wu Gejianxiong (吴葛健雄). The verdicts were issued behind closed doors on July 20, according to information pieced together by Cheng Yuan’s wife, Shi Minglei. Concluding a legal process (read more…)

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71 NGOs and Individuals Sign Open Letter: Stop Prosecution of Tiananmen Vigil Organizer Chow Hang-tung

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“We, a group of 71 international non-governmental organizations and individuals, are writing to call on your government to drop the charge of “inciting unauthorized assembly” against Chow Hang-tung (鄒幸彤) and unconditionally release her. Ms. Chow is a barrister and vice president of the civil society group Hong Kong Alliance, which organizes (read more…)

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