China (includes Tibet, Hong Kong, and Macau) 2017 Human Rights Report

Link to  China (includes Tibet, Hong Kong, and Macau) 2017 Human Rights Repor t (PDF, 626KB) Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is an authoritarian state in which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the paramount authority. CCP members hold almost all top government and security apparatus positions. Ultimate authority rests with the CCP Central Committee’s 25-member Political Bureau (Politburo) and its seven-member Standing ...
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Ji Hyeon-A, a DPRK Defector Tells Her Story

 10858 DRL North Korea MS. JULIE TURNER: Hi, everyone. My name is Julie Turner. And in this edition of Human Rights Heroes, we are going to focus on the incredible challenges facing women defectors from North Korea. I’m joined today by Ji Hyeon-a, a North Korean defector, human rights activist, and author. Welcome, Ms. ...
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Joint Statement from Embassies of Germany and the U.S. on the sentencing of Wu Gan and Xie Yang

The embassies of Germany and the United States are deeply disappointed that Chinese human rights defender and blogger Wu Gan and Chinese attorney Xie Yang have been convicted on vague charges of “subverting state power”, and that Wu has been sentenced to eight years in prison.  We call on the Chinese authorities to release Wu ...
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Statement by Mark Toner: Release of the Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release January 11, 2017 Statement by Mark Toner: Release of the Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea Today, the State Department released our second report on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) human rights abuses and censorship, identifying Kim Won ...
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Briefing on the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Special Briefing Tom Malinowski Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Washington, DC April 13, 2016 ASSISTANT SECRETARY MALINOWSKI: Thank you, everybody. My thanks to the Secretary. Also want to begin by thanking all of the hundreds and hundreds of people who work so hard over a period of months to compile these reports ...
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Joint Statement on China’s Human Rights Situation

Mr. President, I have the honor to read this statement on behalf of a group including: the United States, Ireland, the UK, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. We share the concerns expressed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the OHCHR’s February 16 press release highlighting China’s ongoing ...
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Trial of Pu Zhiqiang

We remain concerned that Pu Zhiqiang, a prominent Chinese defense lawyer, is being tried under vague charges of “inciting ethnic hatred” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” Lawyers and civil society leaders such as Mr. Pu should not be subject to continuing repression, but should be allowed to contribute to the building of a prosperous ...
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Human Right Day 2015 Statement

Ambassador Baucus U.S. Embassy, Beijing As the U.S. Ambassador to China, I count myself lucky to work with China every day.  China is a remarkable country that has made tremendous progress in many areas, including lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.  We would like to see that trend continue and we know China’s ...
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Remarks Delivered at the “Lockdown in Tibet” Event

Sarah Sewall Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights   Geneva, Switzerland Introduction  Thank you Ambassador Harper for that kind introduction. We wish you and your colleagues a productive 29th session of the Human Rights Council. And thank you to the Helsinki Foundation for arranging this event. I am very pleased to be here. At ...
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Ambassador Baucus commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

On Sunday, we marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).  IDAHOT is a day to celebrate the advances we’ve made toward equality and justice for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender neighbors, family members, co-workers, and fellow citizens.  It is also a day to examine the steps we can take to end discrimination ...
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Consul General Hanscom Smith’s Statement Regarding The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, 2015

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia ( IDAHOT ) is held on May 17 to mark the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from its International Classification of Diseases.  A quarter of a century later, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community has made great progress in ...
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Statement of President Barack Obama Commemorating International Women’s Day

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 8, 2015 Statement of President Barack Obama Commemorating International Women’s Day As half the planet, women make immeasurable contributions to our world.  They are entrepreneurs, farmers, educators, scientists, artists, soldiers, mothers, heads of state – the list is endless.  Without them, economies would ...
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Human Rights Day Statement by Ambassador Max Baucus

Human Rights Day Statement by Ambassador Max Baucus December 10, 2014 Today we celebrate International Human Rights Day and commemorate the 66th anniversary of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  In the United States, we use this day to reflect on the importance of human rights, as outlined in the Universal Declaration.  We ...
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Remarks by President Obama in Joint Press Conference with President Xi Jinping

Great Hall of the People Beijing, China November 12, 2014 PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, thank you, President Xi, for welcoming me and my delegation to Beijing and for the extraordinary hospitality that you and the Chinese people have shown to me on this state visit. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the people ...
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President Obama’s Interview with Xinhua News Agency

Mr. President, thanks so much for accepting our request for doing this interview about your upcoming visit to China and the summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. 1.      This year marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the China-U.S. diplomatic relationship, and both sides have held events in different forms to celebrate the historical ...
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Secretary Kerry on U.S.-China Relations

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you very much, Dean Nasr. I’ve had the privilege of knowing Vali for a while. When I was in the Senate, he was a very valuable advisor, and I can remember coming down to the State Department and meeting with him and with Richard ...
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Statement by Ambassador Max Baucus on International Day Against Homophobia

I am proud to join my colleagues at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and at U.S. Consulates throughout China in commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia. This is a day marked around the world to counter homophobia and raise awareness of the discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Personal prejudices, no ...
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Obama, Chinese President Xi Before Meeting in The Hague

24 March 2014 THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary March 24, 2014 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRESIDENT XI JINPING OF CHINA BEFORE BILATERAL MEETING U.S. Ambassador’s Residence The Hague, The Netherlands 12:48 P.M. CET PRESIDENT OBAMA: (In progress) — We have made incredible strides over these past several decades, and I know ...
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Death of Chinese Activist Cao Shunli

Press Statement by Jen Psaki, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 15, 2014 The United States is deeply disturbed by reports that rights activist Cao Shunli has passed away at a hospital in Beijing. We offer our condolences to her family. Chinese authorities detained Cao Shunli in Beijing on September 14 while she was on her ...
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