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This is a compilation of the advance questions posed by UN member states to China, in the lead up to China’s UPR on November 6, 2018. The questions are originally posted on the OHCHR webpage on China’s UPR under “Questions submitted in advance.” ADVANCE QUESTIONS TO CHINA (FIRST BATCH) – REV...
It has been two years since labor rights activist Liu Shaoming was detained, and over a year since his trial. Still, the court has yet to issue a verdict. Though initially in good health, Liu has experienced abdominal pain since October 2016, and the pain has intensified this year, a worrisome sign...

Both thematic and country-specific special procedures may conduct country visits, during which they investigate the human rights situation of a specific country. Following the visit, the mandate holder will submit a report on their findings and recommendations to the Human Rights Council.

China’s more than 250,000 lawyers do not yet benefit from many of the fundamental protections outlined in the UN Basic Principles for Lawyers. Moreover, the growing body of rights defense lawyers and their increasingly sophisticated and diverse legal activism has triggered heightened interference from authorities, both legal and extralegal.

Hu Shigen, a Beijing activist and house church leader, went missing on July 10, 2015 just prior to attending a church gathering. His family members received an arrest notice in mid-January, 2016, half a year later, notifying them that Hu had been criminally arrested on January 8, 2016 on suspicion...
Lawyer Liu Yao ( 刘尧 ) , 56, who once practiced in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, represented local peasants in Dongyuan County, in the prefectural-level city of Heyuan City (河源市东源县), in a land right dispute case. Subsequently, in 2009, he was accused of a trumped-up charge of intentional damage of...
On March 2, 2016, police restricted Shanghai rights defender Feng Zhenghu’s personal liberty by means of a criminal summons, thus preventing him from going to the Shanghai Office for Letters and Calls. This is the 38th time that Feng has received a criminal summons on suspicion of “refusal to carry...
我的法庭陈述 各位、法官、检察官、律师及亲友们:大家好! 广州市检察院、穗检公——刑诉(2016)5号起诉书检控我以“造谣、诽谤”等方式煽动颠覆国家政权、推翻社会主义制度,其行为触犯了《中华人民共和国刑法》第一百零五条第二款,以煽动颠覆国家政权罪追究我刑事责任,我现在作出自辩。 是公民的良知和责任,使今天我又一次站在法庭的被告席上。廿七年前的北京春夏之交,我参与和见证了那场史无前例的反腐败、争民主、争自由、史称“六四事件”的学生运动,目睹了手无寸铁年轻的学生惨死的一幕。廿七年过去了,惨景挥之不去,至今仍痛彻我心扉,总有一种不可抑制的冲动和责任,促使我为冤死的学生英魂去奔走呐喊。为此,我写下了...

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