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On April 13, Li Wenzu sent an application for administrative reconsideration to the People's Government of Shijingshan District in Beijing, demanding a ruling of illegality on the Shijingshan Branch of the Beijing Public Security Bureau’s violation of law by restricting her personal freedom by...

Director Zhao Liang presents an astounding picture of how the mining, steel, and housing industries have shaped the landscape in Inner Mongolia and changed the lives of people who live and work there. Called “a feat of pictorial storytelling,” the only lines in the film are powerful monologues...

(Ms. Xu Jue) We announce with deep sorrow that Ms. Xu Jue , an important member of the Tiananmen Mothers, died at 8:51a.m. on April 24, 2017, at age 77. Ms. Xu Jue was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009, and shortly after her surgery, the cancer spread to her liver. She passed away after an eight-...

Shuangzhoukan (SZK)—HRIC’s Chinese-language electronic journal—publishes original writings and articles by Chinese writers, journalists, and lawyers including in-depth analyses, policy debates, and commentaries on current events, China’s legal reforms, and other topics. First published in May 2009, SZK moved from a bi-weekly to rolling release format in mid-2013. It now offers expanded social media content, including “Hot Topics,” the “Best of” Weibo (Chinese microblog), Twitter, and Facebook, and videos and still images.

My First Trip to China: Scholars, Diplomats and Journalists Reflect on their First Encounters with China

“To collect the stories of first encounters with China was a brilliant idea. Not only do we get the benefit of many fascinating insights (and hindsights) from a range of foreigners and overseas Chinese, but these deftly edited views from the outside make up one great story: the history of Communist China. More than a history of one damned thing happening after another, however, this is a history of perceptions, lies, myths, and revelations, as much about China as her rulers wish it to be seen, as about those who chose to see China, more and sometimes less clearly, over the last half century.”— Ian Buruma, author of Bad Elements

Lawyer Wang Yu ( 王宇 ) met with detained rights defender Cao Shunli ( 曹顺利 ) for more than an hour on Wednesday, October 30. Wang, who has been retained by Cao’s family to represent Cao, was the first person outside law enforcement who has had any contact with Cao since her disappearance on September...
In this New Year’s message, the lawyers express their continued dedication to defending citizens' rights and interests, pursuing democracy and rule of law, and aspiring to the implementation of constitutional governance. To accomplish these goals, the lawyers strongly demand that the National...
Statement by Xu Zhiyong’s lawyer, Zhang Qingfang, upon receiving his client’s verdict: four years’ imprisonment for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” Xu, a key advocate of the New Citizens Movement, was tried last Wednesday, January 22, at the Beijing Municipal No. 1...
In this statement delivered on January 24, 2014 at the Guangdong Municipal Tianhe District People’s Court, Liu Yuandong’s lawyer, Liu Zhengqing, argued that the charges brought against his client have no factual and legal basis. Liu Zhengqing said the prosecution is a political persecution from the...
New Citizens Movement activist Yuan Dong was tried at the Beijing Haidian District People’s Court on January 27, 2014 for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” He was detained, along with other activists, on April 4, 2013 and later formally arrested after unfurling banners and...


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