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Amnesty International has documented widespread human rights violations in China. The government continued to draft and enact new laws under the guise of “national security” that presented serious threats to human rights. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo died in custody in July 2017. Activists and human rights defenders were detained, prosecuted and sentenced on the basis of vague and overbroad charges such as “subverting state power” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. Police detained human rights defenders outside formal detention facilities, sometimes incommunicado, for long periods, which posed additional risk of torture and other ill-treatment to the detainees. Controls on the internet were strengthened. Repression of religious activities outside state-sanctioned churches increased. Repression conducted under “anti-separatism” or “counter-terrorism” campaigns remained particularly severe in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region and Tibetan-populated areas. Freedom of expression in Hong Kong came under attack as the government used vague and overbroad charges to prosecute pro-democracy activists.

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May 23, 2019 • Press Release

We remember Tiananmen, the 30th anniversary of the pro-democracy protests

To commemorate the anniversary of the killings of pro-democracy protesters on Tiananmen Square on June 4, Amnesty International USA will be showcasing the issue of human rights in China with a series of events and outreach initiatives around Washington D.C. To date, there is no public remembrance in mainland China for the hundreds, if not …

May 9, 2019 • Report

Transgender people in China risk their lives with dangerous self – surgery

Transgender people in China are performing highly dangerous surgery on themselves and buying unsafe hormone treatments on the black market because it is almost impossible for them to access the health care they urgently need, Amnesty International said in a new report. “I need my parents’ consent to be myself- Barriers to gender-affirming treatments for …

February 4, 2019 • Press Release

UN: Act to End China’s Mass Detentions in Xinjiang

The United Nations Human Rights Council should adopt a resolution establishing an international fact-finding mission to Xinjiang, the region of China where up to one million Turkic Muslims are being arbitrarily detained, a group of nongovernmental organizations said in a joint statement to UN member states today. During the next session of the Human Rights …

September 23, 2018 • Report

China: “Where Are They”: Time for answers about mass detention in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

Families of up to one million predominately Muslim people from Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region detained in mass “re-education” drive demand answers.

August 30, 2018 • Press Release

China: Systematic repression of ethnic minorities laid bare in UN findings

In response to the release of concluding observations on China by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Amnesty International’s Deputy East Asia Director Lisa Tassi said:

July 25, 2018 • Press Release

BRICS: Nations Must Put Human Rights First

BRICS nations must put human rights at the forefront of their discussions, said Amnesty International India and South Africa in a joint statement released at the commencement of the 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg today. All the BRICS countries face a number of human rights challenges. In Brazil, there are still no answers for the …

May 16, 2018 • Press Release

Acclaimed Writers and Artists Call on China to Free Poet and Artist Liu Xia

Dozens of celebrated writers, poets, and artists have called for the lifting of all restrictions on Chinese poet and artist Liu Xia, held under illegal house arrest without charge since October 2010. This show of literary solidarity comes following revelations about Liu Xia’s declining health, which she revealed in April during a harrowing phone conversation …

March 28, 2018 • Report

Irresponsible Chinese mining operation threatens to wipe out coastal village in Mozambique

An irresponsible Chinese mining operation in Mozambique has put an entire coastal village of more than a thousand people at serious risk of being washed into the Indian Ocean, Amnesty International revealed today in a new report. Our lives mean nothing: the human cost of Chinese mining in Nagonha, Mozambique exposes how the operations of …

July 5, 2017 • Press Release

China must release critically ill Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo

The Chinese authorities are demonstrating new-depths of cruelty by preventing Liu Xiaobo from leaving the country to receive urgent medical treatment for his late-stage liver cancer, Amnesty International said.

May 31, 2017 • Press Release

China: Release activists detained for investigating abuses at factories making Ivanka Trump shoes

Chinese authorities must release three labor activists who were investigating labour conditions at factories that make shoes for Ivanka Trump’s label, Amnesty International said.