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On 2 April 2020 a group of one hundred Chinese establishment scholars wrote an open letter decrying the "many critical voices politicizing the COVID-19 pandemic".

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang is expected to be released after completing his sentence on 5 April 2020.

The Director of Safeguard Defenders, Peter Dahlin, explains how civil society can bring serious human rights violators to justice.

 

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The UN’s highest official principally responsible for human rights, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, should publicly denounce the Hong Kong Government for its systematic violations of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, and condemn the unnecessary and disproportionate use of force by police in Hong Kong. 

(2019年10月21日)国际人权组织敦促中国政府应撤销对人权捍卫者陈建芳的“颠覆国家政权”指控,并立即无条件释放她。陈女士已被单独监禁了6个多月,在当局指控她犯有危害国家安全罪后,她现在可能面临长期监禁。

中国政府很显然是因为陈女士行使言论自由与和平集会的权利,而对她施加惩罚。一直以来,陈女士作为一位人权捍卫者,在上海利用公开抗议和诉讼手段去对抗社会不公。当局曾阻止她前往中国境外参加国际人权培训或会议。在过去十年中,她经常成为强迫驱逐、警方骚扰、拘留和酷刑的对象。

上海警方最初于2019年3月20日,在陈建芳家中抓捕了她与丈夫,两人在警方拘留所“失踪”长达数月之久。5月22日,警方以“颠覆国家政权”的罪名将她正式逮捕,不过这一消息直到10月才公开。在此期间,她的丈夫于4月3日获得取保候审。而上海市第一检察院于2019年8月30日以“颠覆国家政权”罪名对陈建芳提起公诉,这是中国刑法中最严重的政治罪名之一,可能判处无期徒刑。陈的案子已被移交上海市第一中级法院,此刻,她正在上海看守所候审。

就在警方抓捕陈的前几天,她写了一篇文章,向知名活跃人士曹顺利致敬,以纪念3月14日曹在囚期间逝世5周年。同一天,几位联合国独立人权专家发表声明,再度呼吁对曹的死因进行调查。

(21 October 2019) International human rights NGOs urge the Chinese government to drop the “subversion of state power” charge against human rights defender Chen Jianfang (陈建芳) and release her immediately and unconditionally. Ms. Chen has spent over six months in detention incommunicado and now faces a likely lengthy prison sentence after authorities charged her with an endangering state security crime.

Hikvision logoUPDATE: A day after this blacklist was announced, in a separate move, the US State Department said it was imposing a visa ban on Chinese government and Communist Party officials connected with the repression in Xinjiang.

(September 9, 2019) A group of non-governmental organizations have sent a letter to UN members states calling for action at the 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council over the Chinese government’s jailing of many human rights defenders protecting economic, social and cultural rights, and closure of civil society organizations promoting equal protection of those rights.

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