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. 

People walk past the Jiangsu National Security Education Museum in Nanjing, China, on April 25, 2009. (Gu Changwang / Imaginechina)

'We need to be clear-eyed and vigilant': A look inside China's national spy museum

  • Mon, 09/26/2016 - 21:59

The Yuhuatai Memorial Park of Revolutionary Martyrs is hallowed ground for the Chinese Communist Party. Here stand a soaring monument and super-life-size reliefs to honor the memory of party members, most then operating as secret agents, executed by the Nationalist government in the 1930s and ’40s.

Journalists have faced a number of new obstacles since Xi Jinping, on screen above, came to power in China four years ago. Credit Greg Baker/Agence France-Presse

Foreign Reporters in China Face More Restrictions Now, Report Says

  • Thu, 09/22/2016 - 20:38

China has tightened restrictions on foreign journalists since Xi Jinping became the country’s leader four years ago, complicating efforts to parse Beijing’s thinking at a time when its slowing economy and growing global ambitions are making it increasingly important to the world.

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Six more Canadians imprisoned overseas

  • Fri, 09/16/2016 - 17:48

Kevin Garratt was released from a Chinese prison and deported to Canada this week, offering some hope to other Canadians who are imprisoned abroad.

Wives of Chinese human rights lawyers detained in a 2015 crackdown wearing the names of their husbands after filing complaints at the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in Beijing, July 4, 2016.

China's Rights Lawyers Say Judicial White Paper 'Full of Lies'

  • Tue, 09/13/2016 - 21:33

Experts decry government whitewash attempt that follows a sweeping crackdown on lawyers as well as their families.