ISHR, along with multiple other NGOs, released a joint statement condemning the criminalisation of women human rights defender Milena Quiroz and calling for her right to a fair trial and her right to defend human rights to be guaranteed.
In early 2019, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet addressed a letter to Foreign Minister Wang Yi identifying priority issues for implementation, including the need for China to create an enabling environment for civil society. She further encouraged China to submit a mid-term UPR report in 2021, which the government has so far disregarded.
In this context, ISHR recommends the following:
- To the Government of China: Immediately and unconditionally release all human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists; review all existing laws, regulations, policies and practices used to target HRDs and amend them in line with international human rights law; and ensure human rights lawyers can freely practice their profession;
- To recommending States: Use all available diplomatic channels with Chinese counterparts to request information on, and urge meaningful steps, for the implementation of UPR recommendations.
- To all States: Engage in meaningful consultation with Chinese HRDs, including lawyers and journalists; ensure their needs and views duly inform State positions on issues related to human rights in China, in particular ahead of China’s fourth UPR; and review all legal cooperation agreements with China and the Hong Kong SAR, with the view to ensure full respect for international human rights law, including the principle of non-refoulement.