• 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.
  • Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng is seen in Beijing in this January 6, 2006 file photo.

    The Chinese government should free the prominent human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng and refrain from imposing any further restrictions on his movement, Human Rights Watch said today. Gao has repeatedly been subjected to enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention, or imprisonment on baseless charges.

Reports

China and Tibet

  • Sep 2, 2014
  • Aug 29, 2014
    The Chinese central government and Hong Kong authorities should not impede peaceful protests or other means of peaceful expression, Human Rights Watch said today. China’s top legislature is set to formally announce its decision on Hong Kong’s political reform on August 31, 2014, and the expected announcement is likely to trigger large protests.
  • Aug 29, 2014
    A Bangkok criminal court’s dismissal of charges against former Thai leaders for their role in the violent crackdown on protesters in May 2010 is a serious setback for accountability efforts in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Aug 11, 2014
    Hong Kong’s deep reservoir of discontent is not, as Beijing contends, the result of efforts by “anti-China” forces. They are the local reactions of people who have no influence over policies that are rapidly changing their home.
  • Aug 8, 2014
    The prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was released from prison on August 7, 2014, yet his true freedom remains uncertain
  • Aug 4, 2014
  • Jul 31, 2014
  • Jul 31, 2014
    The Chinese government should free the prominent human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng and refrain from imposing any further restrictions on his movement, Human Rights Watch said today. Gao has repeatedly been subjected to enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention, or imprisonment on baseless charges.
  • Jul 30, 2014
    The Chinese government’s announcement on July 30, 2014, of “separatism” charges against the Uighur economist Ilham Tohti is deeply disturbing, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Jul 30, 2014
    The emerging Brics economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – struck an agreement this month to establish a development bank with an initial capital of $100bn. The Brics want the bank to mobilise resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects. From the outset, it should adopt open and transparent processes, and environmental and social rules, that are the best in the business. It should help communities become involved in the development of projects, invest in schemes that communities actually want, and ensure that its investments benefit the most marginalised people.