China Human Rights

Most recent China Human Rights blogs and columns

  • Huang Jinling holds a banner at a press conference in Calgary, Canada on April 15, calling for help to rescue her daughter Chen Yinghua. (Wu Weilin/Epoch Times)

    Canadian Politicians Call for Release of Chinese Prisoner

    Two Members of Parliament in Canada have made a public and forceful call for the Chinese authorities to release a Falun Gong practitioner who has... Read more

  • Ding Hongfeng (with flowers) celebrates her release from detention in March 2014. Activist Ding was taken away from her home by police again on April 14, 2014, with no warrant. (Boxun)

    Police Snatch Chinese ‘Black Jail’ Activist

    Police broke into the apartment of activist Ding Hongfen and took her away with no warrant, China Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) reported.  Friends who were... Read more

  • A microblogger who goes by the name of Qin Huohuo online plead guilty to all charges at trial on April 11, 2014, in Beijing. He was accused of using the Internet to spread rumors. (Screenshot/CCTV)

    Trial of Young ‘Rumor’ Monger Tries to Chill Internet in China

    The first public trial in China that would use a unique interpretation of the law to criminalize “rumors” began Friday in Beijing. Microblogger Qin Zhihui... Read more

  • Chinese citizens welcome lawyer Tang Jitian (back, second from right) and lawyer Wang Cheng (back, third from right) at the Beijing Airport on April 6. Three rights lawyers were released on Sunday after two weeks detention in a labor camp in northern Heilongjiang Province. (Twitter)

    Lawyers Expose Torture After Attempt to Rescue Falun Gong

    On April 6, after 15 days of detention by security forces in the north of China, three human rights lawyers were released, quickly telling the... Read more

  • Doctors are pictured performing surgery on the website, which advertises organs for international recipients, in contravention of Chinese commitments to the global medical community. Two top organ transplantation groups recently penned an open letter to Xi Jinping, head of the Communist Party, to clean up the country's abusive organ transplant regime. (Screenshot/

    International Transplant Community Raises Voice Against China’s Abuses

    Two foremost international transplant organizations have penned an open letter to Xi Jinping, the leader of the Chinese Communist Party, calling China’s system of organ... Read more

  • Vani Selvarajah (centre left) addresses the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 20, 2014. (Epoch Times/screenshot/

    Canadian NGO Raises China’s Forced Organ Harvesting from Falun Gong at UNHRC

    The Chinese regime’s macabre practice of killing Falun Gong practitioners for their organs was raised before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva recently... Read more

  • Zhuang Liehong, a village leader from Wukan, Guangdong, has asked for asylum in the United States, fearing he too will be arrested, after two other leaders were arrested recently. Villagers listen to a speech by Wukan village leader Lin Zuluan (L) at a rally on Dec. 21, 2011. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

    Village Leader Seeks U.S. Asylum Before Elections

    A candidate for election in China’s test-bed for village democracy has applied for asylum in the U.S., afraid that he, like two other village leaders,... Read more

  • Hong Kong pop star Anthony Wong Yiu-ming thanked Alpais Lam Wai-sze and Jenny Ng Pui-ying, who are under suppression for speaking out in support of Hong Kong human rights. (Internet photo)

    Celebrity Thanks Two Hong Kong Women for Defending Human Rights

    HONG KONG—Hong Kong pop star Anthony Wong Yiu-ming publicly thanked two well-known heroines for speaking the truth in the face of government suppression.  Wong held... Read more

  • Six Chinese lawyers hold banners in front of the Qinglong Detention Center in Jiansanjiang City, Heilongjiang Province on March 25. Lawyers began a hunger strike after the detention center refused to allow them to visit illegally detained rights lawyers. (Li Jinxing)

    Night Protests and a Hunger Strike Against Arrest of Rights Lawyers in China

    Dozens of activists and rights lawyers from around China traveled through the bitter cold of northern China to converge on a police detention facility on... Read more

  • Chinese Man Jailed for 18 Months for Permit Application, Photo Sharing

    It is legal in China to hold a protest, as long as you’ve been issued a permit—but if you apply for a permit, you might... Read more

  • Mainland human rights lawyers (L–R) Jiang Tianyong, Tang Jitian, Wang Cheng, and Zhang Junjie stand outside a brainwashing center before being arrested. They are still in custody. (Courtesy of the subjects)

    Lawyers Detained in China for Attempting to Free Falun Gong Practitioners

    Four prominent rights lawyers were detained Friday in China for attempting to free Falun Gong practitioners held in a brainwashing center.  Lawyers Jiang Tianyong, Tang... Read more

  • Activists gather at the Beijing hospital where Cao Shunli was hospitalized in critical condition on Feb. 16. She had been denied medical treatment while in detention, and was in a coma by the time authorities took her to an emergency facility. UN experts criticized China for the death of rights defender Cao Shunli Tuesday in a UN Human Rights Council meeting. (Sound of Hope Radio)

    UN Experts Slam China for Death of Activist Cao Shunli

    The recent death of Chinese human rights defender Cao Shunli has brought a cascade of censure on China, including at Tuesday’s United Nations (UN) Human... Read more

  • Shanghai Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang, of the unapproved Roman Catholic Church, died Sunday at age 97, under house arrest since 2002. Here, a man walks past the state-sanctioned St. Joseph's Catholic Cathedral in Beijing. There are two Catholics churches in China: the officially sanctioned, Communist Party-controlled one, and an unofficial 'clandestine' Roman Catholic Church that is loyal to the pope and the Vatican. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

    Chinese Bishop Under House Arrest Dies in Shanghai

    At the age of 97, Joseph Fan Zhongliang, the Vatican-approved Bishop of the Diocese of Shanghai, died in his apartment on Sunday evening. Before removing... Read more

  • Canada’s representative on human rights to the United Nations, Anne-Tamara Lorre, raised the issue of organ harvesting without consent within China at the U.N. Human Rights Council meeting on March 12, 2014. (Screenshot via

    Canada Raises Organ Harvesting at UN

    OTTAWA—Canada formally acknowledged reports that the Chinese regime is engaged in organ harvesting without consent for the first time at the United Nations on Wednesday. ... Read more

  • Huang Qi, the editor of the 64 Tianwang website. Huang was detained in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, after the website last week published photos that were considered unflattering to the Chinese Communist Party. (Screenshot/64 Tianwang)

    Founder of Chinese Human Rights Website Arrested

    Police have detained the founder of a human rights website and at least four writers after the site reported on a self-immolation in Beijing’s Tiananmen... Read more

  • In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 photo, Xiao Yifei, former deputy head of an industrial park in Ningyuan county, talks about his torture by Communist Party anti-graft investigators in 2012, during an interview in Changsha in central China's Hunan province. Xiao said he was hooded, handcuffed and shackled and then beaten by an interrogator who went by the nickname Tang the Butcher. He said water was poured down his nose and metal clips used to pinch sensitive parts of his body. "Inside, you are like a small ant, anyone can crush you," he said. "You have absolutely no freedom. You have no hope. You have no future....Even the right to cry is taken from you." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    In China, Graft Confessions Are Extracted Via Brutal Torture

    LILING, China— The local Chinese official remembers all too clearly the panic he felt in Room 109. He had refused again and again to confess... Read more

  • Italian Senate Passes Resolution on Organ Harvesting in China

    A commission on human rights inside the Italian Senate passed a resolution recently that declared that the Chinese Communist Party has harvested the organs of... Read more

  • Human rights lawyer Cheng Hai (far left), who is a signatory of the letter to delegates to the 12th Congress, and other human rights defenders, hold a banner asking officials to disclose their assets at the trial of rights defender Xu Zhihong in Beijing on Jan. 22, 2014. Lawyers in China have recently spoken out against the crackdown on these activists. (

    Lawyers Urge Delegates to Pursue Reforms, Rule of Law

    In an open letter to the delegates of the Chinese regime’s National People’s Congress, civil rights lawyers have urged them to safeguard citizens’ constitutionally protected... Read more

  • Wukan villagers listen to a speech by village leader Lin Zuluan in Wukan, Guangdong Province, Dec. 21, 2011, prior to democratic elections. Village chief Lin Zuluan has angered other elected village officials with lack of transparency in conducting village committee business, and not informing them that fired Party bosses had been re-appointed. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

    Old Guard Cadres Come Back for Elections in China’s Wukan

    When the villagers in southern China’s Wukan, Guangdong Province, held landmark democratic elections in 2011, they thought they would get their confiscated land back. The... Read more

  • Human rights lawyer Cheng Hai (far left) and other human rights defenders hold a banner demanding officials to disclose their assets, at the trial of rights defender Xu Zhihong in Beijing on Jan. 22, 2014. (

    China Dream Became ‘Nightmare’ for Rights in China, Report Says

    Last year was the worst for human rights since at least 2008, says an annual report from Chinese Human Rights Defenders. The signature “Chinese Dream”... Read more