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Latest UN review displays China’s disregard for human rights, UN findings

At the adoption of the report of its fourth Universal Periodic Review (UPR), China ignored calls to implement UN findings and dismissed all serious criticism of its human rights record, refusing to budge on the documented plight of Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kongers, human rights activists, lawyers, and more. We urged China to genuinely engage with the UN to enact meaningful reforms.

States must desist from and ensure accountability for transnational repression

Human rights defenders and journalists face increasing threats and attacks due to acts of transnational repression, according to a new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression. Host States must increase protection and support for victims of transnational repression, as well as investigate and pursue accountability where such acts occur.

UN expert concerned about restrictions to freedom of assembly, association and expression for LGBT people

On 20 June, Graeme Reid presented his first report as Independent Expert on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, to the 56th session of the Human Rights Council. He expressed concern about laws and policies restricting freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association that target people based on sexual orientation and gender identity in all regions.

UN expert condemns targeting of human rights lawyers in China

A newly-released confidential letter by a UN Special Rapporteur documents the disbarment of human rights lawyers in China and the tightening ideological control over lawyers and law firms. The UN expert denounces disappearances, closed-door trials, harassment of relatives, travel bans, and other abuses targeting human rights lawyers.

China: immediately release lawyer Yu Wensheng and activist Xu Yan

13 April 2024 marked one year since the Chinese authorities arbitrarily detained prominent human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng and his wife, woman defender Xu Yan. As their health steadily deteriorates, 30 rights groups and the European Union have renewed their call for their prompt release.