• Rapid socio-economic change in China has been accompanied by relaxation of some restrictions on basic rights, but the government remains an authoritarian one-party state. It places arbitrary curbs on expression, association, assembly, and religion; prohibits independent labor unions and human rights organizations; and maintains Party control over all judicial institutions. At the same time, citizens are increasingly prepared to challenge authorities over volatile livelihood issues, such as land seizures, forced evictions, environmental degradation, miscarriages of justice, abuse of power by corrupt cadres, discrimination, and economic inequality. Civil society groups and advocates continue to slowly expand their work despite their precarious status, while the government obstructs domestic and international scrutiny of its human rights record, insisting it is an attempt to destabilize the country.
  • Protesters occupy a street outside HSBC headquarters at Hong Kong's financial Central district at dawn on July 2, 2014, after staying overnight.
    Hong Kong’s chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, should present to the central Chinese government a report reflecting strong demands from Hong Kong residents for genuine universal suffrage, Human Rights Watch said today.


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