Tag Archives: Human Rights

Human Rights in Hong Kong at Lowest Point Since 1997 Handover: Amnesty

Hong Kong lawmaker Nathan Law

Hong Kong lawmaker Nathan Law shows photos of his bruises following an attack by pro-Beijing protesters, Jan. 9, 2017. RFA

Human rights in Hong Kong deteriorated to their lowest point ever last year, according to an annual report by Amnesty International. Continue reading

Nobel Laureates on Human Rights – A view from civil society

Friday 11 March 2016, 12:00 – 14:00

Nobel Laureates on Human Rights – A view from civil society

Panel discussion hosted by the Permanent Missions of the United States and Canada

Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Geneva

Hosted by the Permanent Missions of the United States and Canada, this is a side event of the UN Human Rights Council’s 31st session.

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Activists See Bleak Future For China’s NGOs Amid Ongoing Crackdown

Chinese police patrol Tiananmen Square

Chinese police patrol Tiananmen Square in Beijing, looking for petitioners, Dec. 4, 2013. AFP

The outlook is bleak for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in China amid an ongoing government crackdown targeting civil society groups, former NGO workers and activists said on Friday. Continue reading

China: Seven years after his arrest PEN writers urge China to release Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and wife Liu Xia

lxb‘Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth.’ – Liu Xiaobo Continue reading

Germany’s Angela Merkel Meets With Rights Activists, Dissidents During China Trip


image (3)Angela Merkel and Xi Jinping speak to reporters in Beijing, Oct. 29, 2015.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wrapped up a two-day visit to China on Friday after meeting with nine human rights activists and political dissidents.

The Chancellor, who is currently under fire in Europe over her open-border policy on refugees, met with a group that included human rights lawyers, writers, and bloggers at the German Embassy in Beijing on Thursday evening, Bloomberg reported.

They told her that the human rights situation in China Continue reading

In Britain, Xi Mute on Lawyer Crackdown

5BEFC15F-1198-40F6-A393-70D339262F43_w640_r1_sChina’s President Xi Jinping, center, waves as he leaves after lunch with Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron at Manchester Town Hall in Manchester, England, Oct. 23, 2015.

William Ide, Joyce Huang

October 23, 2015 10:56 AM

BEIJING—Chinese President Xi Jinping’s multi-billion dollar deal-sealing trip to Britain this week has highlighted what rights activists say is a worrying trend by British authorities to keep quiet on human rights and concerns that the situation is getting worse in China.

And while Xi told reporters in Britain that Beijing has room to Continue reading

Tibetan voices on China’s control

20 October 2015
The first thing that strikes you about the monasteries clinging to the side of the mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau is their beauty.

Small, isolated communities of a few hundred monks, seemingly unperturbed with their white and gold stupas and prayer flags set against the almost impossible blue sky.

But anyone who stops to ask a few questions (although they are the kind of Continue reading

Critics Slam U.K. Government For ‘Selling Out’ to China on Rights

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As Chinese President Xi Jinping clinched investment deals worth some U.S.$30 billion on his state visit to the United Kingdom on Wednesday, rights activists hit out at the British government for going back on its own principles and ignoring the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing crackdown on rights lawyers and ethnic minorities.

“If the U.K. Continue reading