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On August 3, 2011, the Beihai Municipal Intermediate People’s Court in Guangxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region announced it has upheld a four-year prison sentence and a 200,000 yuan (approximately $30,800) for Xu Kun (许坤) , the elected chief of Baihutou Village in the Yinhai District of Beihai. Xu had...
In concluding observations and recommendations released today, a United Nations expert body noted with concern that Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member state Kazakhstan “may be willing to rely” on diplomatic assurances provided within the SCO framework “to return foreign nationals to...
On July 25, 2011, a court in Shandong rejected the appeal by Qi Chonghuai ( 齐崇怀 , also 齐崇淮 ), an imprisoned journalist who already completed a four-year term, and upheld a sentence requiring Qi to serve another eight years. Qi is a long-time journalist known for his exposés of official corruption...
Long-time petitioner Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤) was released from Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) on July 28, 2011. The release comes one month before the completion of her 18-month RTL order. She was escorted by more than 10 policemen and arrived to her Shanghai home in a wheelchair . According to the...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) is deeply concerned over the July 18 violence reported in Hotan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, which resulted in at least 18 reported deaths, and official depictions of events that contradict eyewitness accounts. Official Chinese media reports have referred to the...
In February this year, HRIC held a photo contest, China through Different Lenses , inviting submissions of photographs that reflect the complex reality of Chinese society, the problems facing the China’s people, and efforts to address those problems. Out of some 300 photos submitted, we have...
On June 28, well-known rights defense lawyer Yang Zaixin (杨在新) was formally arrested by police in Beihai, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on charges of “witness tampering” (妨害作证罪) under Article 306 of China’s Criminal Law . On June 14, the day that Yang was first detained, three other lawyers,...
HIV/AIDS activist and rights defender Hu Jia (胡佳) was released from Beijing Municipal Prison on the morning of Sunday, June 26, after completing a three-and-a-half year sentence. He is now subject to one year’s deprivation of political rights. According to media accounts, police have blocked the...
Paris/New York, 24 June 2011. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcome the release of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei on Wednesday, 22 June 2011, and urge the international community to continue to monitor the status of Ai Weiwei’s associates and the...
On June 15, China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi in a newspaper editorial appraised and signaled the ambitions of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional group composed of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. He called the SCO “an inspiration...

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