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Transfers to China Would Risk Torture, Unfair Trials

(Hong Kong) – The Hong Kong government should withdraw proposed revisions to two laws concerning extradition, Human Rights Watch said today in a joint letter to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam. The amended laws would allow the transfer of…
In this Oct. 10, 2018, photo, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends a question and answer session after delivering her policy speech at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong.
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Li Chunfu Endured 18 Months of Secret Detention and Torture

“Chunfu was thin like sticks, he was pale, his eyes lifeless.” This was the initial reaction of Bi Liping when she went to the local police station on January 12, 2017, and saw her husband, human rights lawyer Li Chunfu. After more than 500 days of secret…
Illustration of a suspect restrained in what the police call an “interrogation chair,” but commonly known as a “tiger chair.”
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End Party-Run ‘Shuanggui’ Measures Relying on Solitary Confinement, Torture

(Hong Kong) – The Chinese government should immediately abolish a secretive detention system used to coerce confessions from corruption suspects. The Communist Party-run system, known as shuanggui, has no basis under Chinese law but is a key component of…
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Summary [We] have to become good at using… the rule of law to fight corruption, [and] to strengthen national anti-corruption legislation. –Chinese President Xi Jinping, addressing a major Central Commission on…
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Meaningful Reform Requires Judicial System Overhaul

(Geneva) – The outcome report of China’s fifth review under the Convention against Torture highlights the absence of accountability and need for broad legal reform to eradicate torture in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. China’s review, under…
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Allow Families, Including Infant, to go to South Korea

(Seoul) – China should ensure that nine North Korean refugees are not returned to North Korea, where they would be at grave risk, Human Rights Watch said today. The refugees, including an 11-month-old baby, who were transferred to China from Vietnam…
A barbed-wire fence separating North Korea from China is seen in this photo taken from the Chinese border city of Hunchun, China on March 18, 2015.
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Re: Xi Jinping Visit

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500   Dear President Obama, We write regarding the state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping…
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Tiger Chairs and Cell Bosses Police Torture of Criminal Suspects in China Glossary of Terms Summary Key …
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UN Expert Says Donors Should Stop Funding Drug Detention Centers

(Geneva) –A United Nations report about torture and other abuses in healthcare settings points to the need for donors to withdraw funds to compulsory drug detention centers, Human Rights Watch and Harm Reduction International said today. The report was…
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UN, Donors Should Push for Immediate Closure and Community-Based Services

(New York) – Hundreds of thousands of people identified as drug users in China and across Southeast Asia are held without due process in centers where they may be subjected to torture, and physical and sexual violence in the name of “treatment,” Human…
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In a new report issued on July 2010, Human Rights Watch documented the widespread abuses committed by Chinese security forces in suppressing the Spring 2008 wave of Tibetan protests. Human Rights Watch does not dispute that the Chinese government has the…
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"An Alleyway in Hell" China's Abusive "Black Jails" Map of China I. Summary Key Recommendations II. Methodology II. Background China's Broken Petitioning System The Abolition of…
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Unlawful Detention Facilities Breed Violence, Threats, Extortion

(New York) - Since 2003, large numbers of Chinese citizens have been held incommunicado for days or months in secret, unlawful detention facilities known as "black jails" by state agents who violate detainees' rights with impunity, Human Rights Watch said…
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Re: Fourth Periodic Report of China, 41st session of the Committee against Torture

Human Rights Watch, Asia Catalyst and the International Harm Reduction Associate write in advance of the upcoming Committee against Torture periodic review of China to submit information regarding the government’s policies and practices on coercive drug…
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Human Rights Watch Highlights Abuses in Pakistan, Kenya, China, Somalia

The established democracies are accepting flawed and unfair elections for political expediency, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2008. By allowing autocrats to pose as democrats, without demanding they uphold the civil and…
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Death Penalty Reform Welcomed but Does Not Go Far Enough

(Hong Kong) - China should disclose how many people are executed each year if death penalty reforms are to be effective, Human Rights Watch said today. The Chinese legislature adopted death penalty reforms on October 31, 2006, mandating that the Supreme…
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Letter to Immigration Minister Vedonk

On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I am writing with regard to the existing moratorium on the deportation of gay and lesbian asylum-seekers to Iran--and to urge you in the strongest possible terms not to resume such deportations. Within the region, Iran is…
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Council of Europe Rejects Minimum Standards for Diplomatic Assurances

A Council of Europe expert group has rightly decided not to develop guidelines for the acceptable use of diplomatic assurances to justify sending people to places where they are at risk of torture, Human Rights Watch said today. “We welcome this decision…
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Governments Cannot Hide Behind the Fig Leaf of Diplomatic Assurances

Western governments are undermining the global ban on torture by transferring suspects to countries known for routinely torturing prisoners, Human Rights Watch and seven partner organizations said today in a joint statement. In the statement, issued as…