HRDs in China today

Human rights defenders (HRDs) in China face severe restrictions on and punishment for their legitimate work in defence of human rights. In October 2013, Front Line Defenders submitted a report on the occasion of China's Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council. Front Line Defenders closely monitors the situation for HRDs throughout the country, and has found that authorities continue the repression of HRDs through legal and illegal means.

Punishments faced by HRDs engaging in these issues range from harassment, surveillance and house arrest to enforced disappearances, physical attacks, imprisonment and unnatural death in custody. HRDs are also routinely denied permission to travel outside of China to attend human rights-related meetings and HRDs trying to organise such events inside China risk detention. While a very small number of independent, grassroots human rights organisations do exist in China, their staff and volunteers are subjected to harassment, surveillance, and detention.
Liu Shihui - Forced Return of Human Rights Defender Mr. Liu Shihui to Inner Mongolia After Release from Detention
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Detention of human rights defenders following commemoration of 1989 Tiananmen Square protests
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Sentencing of human rights defenders Messrs Ding Jiaxi, Zhao Changqing, Li Wei and Zhang Baocheng
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Released lawyer reports beating in custody while three colleagues remain in detention
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Human rights defender Mr Liu Feiyue placed under ten days' administrative detention
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Detention of human rights defender Ms Ge Zhihui
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