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[IWS] CECC: UNDERSTANDING CHINA'S CRACKDOWN ON RIGHTS ADVOCATES: PERSONAL ACCOUNTS AND PERSPECTIVES [8 April 2014]

IWS Documented News Service

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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau

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Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC)

HEARING

 

Understanding China’s Crackdown on Rights Advocates: Personal Accounts and Perspectives [8 April 2014]

http://www.cecc.gov/events/hearings/understanding-china%E2%80%99s-crackdown-on-rights-advocates-personal-accounts-and

 

Chinese officials have cracked down on independent rights advocacy, detaining large numbers of individuals for peacefully advocating on issues ranging from combating official corruption and protecting the rights of ethnic minorities to ensuring educational equality for migrant children and seeking greater freedom of the press.  Those detained include Ilham Tohti, a scholar and an advocate for the Uyghur ethnic minority, who sought to build bridges between Uyghurs and the majority Han population. They also include individuals from the New Citizens’ Movement, who have called for social justice, rule of law, and citizen rights.  The detentions are occurring against the backdrop of the Chinese government’s own anti-corruption campaign and stated push for legal reforms.  Witnesses will discuss, among other things, personal accounts of the crackdown as well as its significance for China’s human rights and rule of law development.

 

Opening Statements

Senator Sherrod Brown, Chairman

[Full text of statement]

 

Statements Submitted for the Record

Representative Christopher Smith, Cochairman

[Full text of statement]

Witnesses

Jewher Ilham, Daughter of detained Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti

[Full text of statement]

Teng Biao, Human rights lawyer and scholar

[Full text of statement]

Donald Clarke, David A. Weaver Research Professor of Law, George Washington University School of Law

[Full text of statement]

Dr. Sophie Richardson, China Director, Human Rights Watch

[Full text of statement]

 

 

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