China’s Ethnic Cleansing Met with US Inaction under Global Magnitsky Law

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By Renee Xia & Frances Eve | The US Administration is squandering an opportunity to hold the Chinese government accountable for its atrocities in the Xinjiang region under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

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Cao Shunli died five years ago. She stood up to China on human rights, and so must we

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By Frances Eve | Originally published in The Guardian | Five years ago today, Chinese activist Cao Shunli died in a Beijing hospital surrounded by police. No state agent has been punished for her death.

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China is committing ethnic cleansing in Xinjiang – it’s time for the world to stand up

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By Frances Eve | Originally published in The Guardian | Now is the time to act on China’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Countries afraid of standing up to China on their own can speak out on 6 November on a UN platform, known as the universal periodic review (UPR).

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The US withdrawal from the UNHRC is perfect for Xi Jinping and China

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By Frances Eve | Originally published in The Guardian | Quitting the UNHRC won’t make it disappear. It opens a leadership vacancy that China is happy to fill. The Trump administration has stepped back to allow China the space to dominate the council unchallenged.

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Human rights issues ignored during BRICS summit in China

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By Frances Eve & Cathal Gilbert | From 3-5 September, the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa met at the ninth BRICS summit. The venue was Xiamen – a gleaming port city which symbolises China’s rise as the new economic and political force in the world. It (read more…)

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China Is Risking the Lives of Political Prisoners by Denying Them Medical Care

China Is Risking the Lives of Political Prisoners by Denying Them Medical Care

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By Frances Eve | Dozens of political detainees and prisoners have reported being deprived of adequate medical treatment. Deliberately depriving prisoners of medical care is a life-threatening form of torture, and appears to be commonly used against political prisoners on China.

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China: Bringing Down The House

China: Bringing Down The House

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By Victor Clemens | China’s central government has made the construction of more affordable urban housing an official goal, but in China and elsewhere, creating affordable housing should not come at the expense of human rights.

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Risky prospects: Engagement of Chinese human rights defenders with the Human Rights Council

Risky prospects: Engagement of Chinese human rights defenders with the Human Rights Council

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By Linda Wang & Alex Beck | For many Chinese human rights defenders and independent non-governmental organizations, difficulties and risks associated with engaging the Human Rights Council, including threat of Chinese government reprisals, outweigh the benefits. But there are meaningful actions the Council can take to improve access and to (read more…)

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Guest Post: The Repression of Human Rights Defenders in China

Guest Post: The Repression of Human Rights Defenders in China

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By Frances Eve | A prominent pro-bono lawyer disappeared into police custody in Beijing last November. The family of Xia Lin, a man known for defending death penalty cases and environmental activists, has received no information about him for more than three months.

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The Plight of China’s Rights Lawyers

The Plight of China’s Rights Lawyers

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By Frances Eve | As 2014 came to a close, at least seven prominent Chinese human rights lawyers rang in the New Year from a jail cell. Under President Xi Jinping, the year was one of the worst in recent memory for China’s embattled civil society.

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The Dark Side of the Boom: As China’s Economy Grows, Evictions and Land Grabs Rise With It

The Dark Side of the Boom: As China’s Economy Grows, Evictions and Land Grabs Rise With It

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By Victor Clemens | The booming construction and development industry in China has brought about a devastating side effect: violent episodes of land appropriation, housing evictions, and demolitions that typically victimize the poorest citizens, especially in urban areas.

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China: Detained to Death

China: Detained to Death

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By Renee Xia & Perry Link | The detention of activists by the Chinese government is well known, but there is relatively little discussion about medical treatment in detention facilities. This issue is crucial for understanding what happened to Cao Shunli, a legal rights activist who died in custody in (read more…)

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