Joint Letter to US Secretary of State on His Visit to China

Joint Letter to US Secretary of State on His Visit to China

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Dear Secretary Blinken, We write on behalf of 42 nongovernmental organizations that report on and advocate for human rights in China, Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang regarding your forthcoming trip to Beijing starting on June 18.  At a time when the Chinese government is committing widespread and grave human rights (read more…)

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Verdict against Chang Weiping Epitomizes China’s Torture Problem

Verdict against Chang Weiping Epitomizes China’s Torture Problem

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The Chinese government’s mishandling of Chang Weiping’s case so far has epitomized the government’s multiple failures to abide by its treaty party obligations under the international Convention against Torture and demonstrated an unwillingness to end its systematic torture in China. 

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34th anniversary of June 4th: Chinese State Bolsters Enforced Amnesia

34th anniversary of June 4th: Chinese State Bolsters Enforced Amnesia

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CHRD reiterates its calls on the Chinese government to allow independent investigation of the massacre, seeking truth and justice for victims and their surviving family members, and holding criminally accountable those responsible for opening fire on unarmed civilians.

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China has warned of decoupling and “de-risking”. But its recent actions may get just that.

China has warned of decoupling and “de-risking”. But its recent actions may get just that.

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A confluence of factors could cause havoc and create new risk for companies trying to operate businesses in China, William Nee writes.

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Closure of LGBT NGO Signals Disappearing Civic Space in China

Closure of LGBT NGO Signals Disappearing Civic Space in China

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CHRD urges the Chinese government to take seriously its human rights obligations under international law to eliminate discrimination against LGBTIQ+ individuals and protect NGOs working to promote LGBTIQ+ rights in China.

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China:  Immediately release detained journalists on World Press Freedom Day

China:  Immediately release detained journalists on World Press Freedom Day

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Ahead of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, and as a new wave of detentions of media workers has emerged, CHRD calls for the immediate release of journalists and publishers.

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Ji Xiaolong (季孝龙)

Ji Xiaolong (季孝龙)

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Ji Xiaolong was detained shortly after criticizing Shanghai’s Party Secretary, Li Qiang, and calling on him to step down and take accountability for that lockdown, and the “humanitarian disaster” it caused.

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Chinese Ambassador’s Comments Reveal China’s Willful Misreading of Soviet History

Chinese Ambassador’s Comments Reveal China’s Willful Misreading of Soviet History

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Lu Shaye, China’s controversial ambassador to France, caused a diplomatic uproar over the weekend, as he implied that post-Soviet countries did not really have a right to exist in international law.

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CHRD urges the EU and EU member states to speak out for Yu Wensheng and Xu Yan

CHRD urges the EU and EU member states to speak out for Yu Wensheng and Xu Yan

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CHRD calls on the Chinese government to immediately release human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng and his wife Xu Yan, who have been criminally detained and denied access to lawyers of their choice.

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A UN review shows the limits of China’s loud microphone communications strategy

A UN review shows the limits of China’s loud microphone communications strategy

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In a press conference on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress on March 7, 2023, Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang said, “China is moving closer to the center of the world stage. … But we don’t have enough microphones, and our voice is not loud enough. Some are still hogging (read more…)

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Free Xu Zhiyong, Ding Jiaxi, and All Prisoners of Conscience Immediately

Free Xu Zhiyong, Ding Jiaxi, and All Prisoners of Conscience Immediately

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(The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, April 10, 2023) We condemn the Chinese government’s sentencing of Ding Jiaxi and Xu Zhiyong, two of China’s most notable human rights defenders. “Their sentencing once again demonstrates the Chinese government’s hostility to peaceful advocacy of democracy and human rights, and marks a (read more…)

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A Nuanced Approach to China Needs Human Rights at the Core

A Nuanced Approach to China Needs Human Rights at the Core

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Foreign policy pundits have been calling for a rethink to counter Washington’s alleged groupthink. There’s a certain truth in that. But one element has been missing from the mainstream of the new doves on China: human rights. Without this, their words can end up sounding hollow—especially to the victims.

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