The No. 2 Intermediate People's Court in Tianjin in August. A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer was convicted of subversion and sentenced to seven years in prison, state media reported -- the third such trial this week as authorities cracked down on dissent. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

China Lags Behind in Rule-of-Law Ranking

  • Thu, 10/20/2016 - 17:14

A new global ranking finds China is making limited progress

“Muslim-Only” Shower Cabins Trigger Complaints About Muslim Privilege

  • Mon, 10/10/2016 - 18:26

A university in eastern China recently introduced Muslim-only shower cabins. The cabins, exclusive to Muslim students, offer more privacy than the regular communal showers. The new shower arrangements have fuelled discussions on Chinese social media, where many netizens are disgruntled and consider the special showers a display of Muslim privilege.

Paramilitary policemen hold their fists in front of a flag of Communist Party of China as they attend an oath-taking rally to ensure the safety of the upcoming 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), at a military base in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province... REUTERS/China Daily

China tries again to stop confessions through torture

  • Mon, 10/10/2016 - 18:18

Suspects must not be forced into confessing crimes and any evidence collected this way excluded from legal cases, the Chinese government said on Monday in its latest effort to try and stamp out the widespread practice.

China Seeks Tighter Grip in Wake of a Religious Revival

  • Fri, 10/07/2016 - 16:53

The finances of religious groups will come under greater scrutiny. Theology students who go overseas could be monitored more closely. And people who rent or provide space to illegal churches may face heavy fines.

On March 29, 2016, CECC Chairman Chris Smith held a press conference with prominent advocates for human rights.

CECC Releases 2016 Annual Report

  • Thu, 10/06/2016 - 17:31

Despite the expectations of many that economic engagement with China would lead to political reform, fifteen years after China’s accession to the WTO, the human rights situation there is increasingly dire.  The CECC’s latest report recommends Congress and the Administration press Beijing for greater transparency, adherence to universal standards, and development of the rule of law.  

President Xi Jinping of China during a ceremony observing Martyrs’ Day, a holiday that memorializes Chinese who died in battle against foreign powers, at Tiananmen Square in Beijing last week.

Xi Jinping May Delay Picking China’s Next Leader, Stoking Speculation

  • Wed, 10/05/2016 - 19:47

The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, appears prepared to defy the Communist Party’s established script for transferring power and delay the designation of his successor until after a party congress next year, unsettling the party elite and stirring speculation that he wants to prolong his tenure.

China plans to teach developing countries and the UN about protecting human rights

  • Fri, 09/30/2016 - 14:27

China unveiled a new “action plan” for protecting human rights on Sept. 29, but like much of Beijing’s edicts, it is being criticized as a blatant piece of propaganda.

A soldier stands guard outside the Great Hall of the People, the venue of the ongoing National People's Congress (NPC), China's parliament, in Beijing, China, March 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China promises cooperation with United Nations on human rights

  • Thu, 09/29/2016 - 22:02

China will cooperate with the United Nations Human Rights Council, a body it has had testy relations with over the years, and invite its representatives to visit the country as appropriate, the government said in a policy paper on Thursday.

Foreign Journalists Face Increasing Pressure

  • Wed, 09/28/2016 - 17:39

A report released last week by PEN International looks at the treatment of foreign journalists in China, many of whom have faced harassment, interference with their reporting, and delays in visa processing or even expulsion for reporting on topics deemed untouchable by the government.

EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy Recognizes Persistent Threats to Minorities

  • Mon, 09/26/2016 - 22:01

On 20 September 2016, the Council of the European Union adopted its Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2015.