Chinese Human Rights Monitor 2020 l 4th Edition

The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) publishes yearly four Chinese Human Rights Monitors (CHRM), aiming to support Chinese human rights defenders and civil society working on human rights in China in acceding to the UN human rights mechanisms.

This is the 4th 2020 Edition!


We are not out of the woods yet. As we prepared this monitor, and more toward the end of the year, the COVID-19 pandemic, which had been slightly under control, began to rage on all continents. Many governments have had to implement confinement policies again, which led to significant restrictions in people’s lives and travel. As a result, human rights protection around the world is facing, once again, significant challenges.

On the other hand, we have achieved significant outcomes from the past few months. The 45th session of the Human Rights Council successfully convened in Geneva not long ago, and the 75th session of the UN General Assembly is currently in full swing, both online and offline. Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, the President of the UN Human Rights Council, stated at the UN General Assembly that, no matter how the pandemic will go, the HRC will always strive to do its human rights work for the benefit of people around the world.

ISHR has renewed its commitments to support human rights defenders and elevate their work, despite the pandemic. Two years after China’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2018, and as we approach the moment to prepare mid-term reports, ISHR has released a new guide to support society advocates to continue their work through the next stages of UPR advocacy. With this, and all our work, we continue to stand firm in the belief that we must speak truth to power, collectively and individually.

To this end, we are very happy to share the latest issue of the China Human Rights Monitor with you. This bilingual publication combines China-related content from ISHR’s Human Rights Monitors with close monitoring and analysis of the role of the Chinese government within the UN human rights spaces. As always, we hope it serves to provide opportunities to civil society for UN engagement around issues of human rights in China.

The PDF version of this CHRM (in Chinese) can be downloaded here.

This 3rd edition is comprised of:

1) The UN needs you! Upcoming opportunities to protect human rights at the UN (November 2020 update)

2) Supporting human rights defenders

3) Latest UN developments

300+ global rights groups call for international accountability mechanism on China

Results of Human Rights Council elections show importance of competitive elections

Recent actions by the Special Procedures on China

Hong Kong | UN committee raises questions about National Security Law, police violence, and free speech

If you want to review past publications, please click here to look for past Chinese Human Rights Monitors. You can also find here all ISHR articles in Chinese.

Thank you very much for your support and attention !

Help us improve our work! Is the CHRM useful to your work? What kind of content do you want to read more about? Please feel free to share with us ideas and suggestions. For any additional information or comments, please contact Sarah M. Brooks (at [email protected] ; or on Twitter at @sarahmcneer),or Raphaël Viana David (at [email protected] ; or on Twitter at @vdraphael).

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