Draft Intelligence Law Portends Further Squeeze on China’s Civil Society

Draft Intelligence Law Portends Further Squeeze on China’s Civil Society

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Provisions in China’s new draft intelligence law, if adopted in their current form, would further tighten control over civil society organizations, both domestic and international, and which already are under assault as “hostile forces” that threaten “national security.”

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China Must Drop All Charges Against Lawyer Xie Yang

China Must Drop All Charges Against Lawyer Xie Yang

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CHRD calls on the Chinese government to drop all charges against human rights lawyer Xie Yang. He has reportedly been released on bail following a May 8 show trial. The rights violations against Xie, from his alleged torture in detention to interferences to his access to lawyers of his own (read more…)

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[CHRB] China Punishes Human Rights Defenders and Dissidents with Unfair Trials and Prison Terms (4/23-25/17)

[CHRB] China Punishes Human Rights Defenders and Dissidents with Unfair Trials and Prison Terms (4/23-25/17)

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Chinese authorities put several human rights defenders on trial over phony charges in retaliation for their defense or exercise of human rights. These cases involve two human rights lawyers, one citizen journalist, one migrant labor rights activist, four activists who had exposed local illegal detention facilities, and five members of (read more…)

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Earth Day: China Must Protect Human Rights To Effectively Protect the Environment

Earth Day: China Must Protect Human Rights To Effectively Protect the Environment

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The Chinese government must protect human rights to make meaningful progress in environmental protection. Basic rights like freedom of expression, assembly, association and press are fundamental to any genuine attempt to effectively respond to serious threats to the environment and public health, CHRD said today, to mark this year’s Earth (read more…)

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Alert: Trial & Verdict Announcements in 4 Cases at End of March

Alert: Trial & Verdict Announcements in 4 Cases at End of March

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Human rights defenders Su Changlan, Chen Qitang, Chen Yunfei, and Xia Lin face court hearings on March 30-31 as authorities continue the government’s political persecution of rights activists and lawyers.

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CHRD Releases “They Target My Human Rights Work as a Crime”: Annual Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in China (2016)

CHRD Releases “They Target My Human Rights Work as a Crime”: Annual Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in China (2016)

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Promoting and protecting human rights remained a high-risk activity in 2016, says CHRD in its annual report released today on the situation of human rights defenders in China, They Target My Human Rights Work as a Crime. The Chinese government intensified crackdowns on human rights defenders (HRDs) and criminalized rights (read more…)

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China: Investigate Torture Allegations of Detained Lawyer Xie Yang, Hold Torturers Accountable

China: Investigate Torture Allegations of Detained Lawyer Xie Yang, Hold Torturers Accountable

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CHRD calls on the Chinese government to promptly and impartially investigate torture allegations made by detained human rights lawyer Xie Yang (谢阳), and reiterates our persistent demand for the unconditional and immediate release of all incarcerated rights lawyers.

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China: Release Activist Chen Yunfei, End Persecution of Free Expression

China: Release Activist Chen Yunfei, End Persecution of Free Expression

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China must immediately and unconditionally release human rights defender Chen Yunfei (陈云飞) instead of putting Chen on trial, which is scheduled for December 26 at the Wuhou District Court in Chengdu. The court notified his lawyer, Liu Zhengqing (刘正清), that Chen will stand trial on the charge of “picking quarrels (read more…)

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China: Free Rights Lawyer Jiang Tianyong, Investigate His Enforced Disappearance and Torture

China: Free Rights Lawyer Jiang Tianyong, Investigate His Enforced Disappearance and Torture

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After forcibly disappearing the human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong for 25 days, Chinese authorities finally confirmed that he is in police custody under “compulsory criminal measures.” CHRD asks the Chinese government to immediately release Jiang Tianyong, on the grounds that his detention is clearly arbitrary.

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China Must Release Jiang Tianyong, Liu Feiyue & Huang Qi, Honor Commitment Made at UN to Protect Rights

China Must Release Jiang Tianyong, Liu Feiyue & Huang Qi, Honor Commitment Made at UN to Protect Rights

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CHRD urges the Chinese government to release three prominent civil society leaders whose cases of deprived liberty further signal the escalation of President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on human rights activism.

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A Mid-term Assessment of China’s Implementation of 2013 UPR Recommendations

A Mid-term Assessment of China’s Implementation of 2013 UPR Recommendations

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Three years after the October 2013 UPR review of China, Chinese NGOs have released a report assessing China’s implementation of the recommendations put forward by UN Member States. The report finds large discrepancies between the government’s promises and its actions. Human rights conditions and safeguards in China have slightly improved (read more…)

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[CHRB] Women’s Rights Activist Sentenced, New Cases of Disappearance & Torture (10/4-6, 2016)

[CHRB] Women’s Rights Activist Sentenced, New Cases of Disappearance & Torture (10/4-6, 2016)

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A Chinese court has sentenced women’s rights activist Shan Lihua to 27 months in prison, while cases of deprived liberty have been reported or seen developments in Fujian, Hubei, Jiangsu, Shandong, and Zhejiang.

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