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Because Salman Rushdie wrote The Satanic Verses , Iran's Ayatolla Khomeini tried to kill him by putting a $5,000,000 reward on his head. This was in the 1980s, when I was still a young poet, and it was the first time I had heard his name. I was deeply shocked. Even though I cannot cross the ocean...
Veteran activist Wang Wanxing has been forcibly re-committed to a psychiatric facility. Wang had already spent over seven years confined to Ankang Hospital, a psychiatric institution run by the Beijing Public Security Bureau, after a 1992 attempt to unfurl a banner in Tiananmen Square,...
Excerpted from The Statesman : China is classifying more and more activities as state secrets to allow police to charge dissidents and activists with stealing or leaking state secrets, Human Rights in China said a wide-ranging report published yesterday. [...] Speaking from New York before the...
Five years ago, in July 2015, the Chinese authorities rounded up some 300 lawyers, legal advocates, and other rights activists in a campaign aimed at strangling rights defense work in China, including within the legal system. In what has come to be known as the 709 Crackdown, many were charged with...

After 37 days of detention, five women activists, Li Tingting (李婷婷), Wu Rongrong (武嵘嵘), Zheng Churan (郑楚然), Wei Tingting (韦婷婷), and Wang Man (王曼), were “released upon guarantee pending further investigation” (取保候审) on April 13, 2015.

In the late evening of June 30, 2020, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee Standing Committee (NPCSC) unanimously passed The Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (NSL-HK) that went into force the same day...
New York, Paris Taipei, 1 July 2020: FIDH and its member organizations Human Rights in China (HRIC), Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR), and Covenants Watch condemn in the strongest terms China’s unilateral adoption and promulgation of the national security law for Hong Kong.
In a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, Human Rights in China urges her to speak out publicly, strongly, and unequivocally to support the people of Hong Kong in their demand for the full withdrawal of an extradition bill that has triggered, over recent weeks,...

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