The Tracking the People's Daily substack today has a great piece summarizing Xi's Human Rights Discourses

While none of it is new per se, it does show:

1) How universal human rights laws and standards are ignored and deflected by calling them "Western"…
2) How Xi, a leader with quasi-totalitarian ambitions and who constantly underscores the need for unity of thought and action domestically, suddenly uses the language of multiculturalism by praising diversity in the context of accepting others' human rights development paths.
3) Although the human rights community views human rights as "universal and inalienable; indivisible; interdependent and interrelated", Xi states that the right to subsistence and right to development are the primary rights (把生存权、发展权作为首要的基本人权)
4) Finally, Xi underscores the CCP's ambition for influencing the human rights governance system,with "a more just, reasonable and inclusive global human rights governance” system globally

(Note that words like "reasonable" or "objective" are highly euphemistic in CCP discourse)

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13 Jan
NEW: In the past 48 hours, two Chinese human rights lawyers have come under attack:

- #XieYang, who was tortured in the 709 crackdown, went missing and is presumed to be detained.

- #WangYu, the lawyer who disappearance preceded the notorious 709 crackdown, was beaten in Suzhou ImageImage
And see here for the information on Wang Yu:

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12 Jan
.@SteveCooperEsq: "...the time has come for citizens of all political persuasions to acknowledge: Biden flat-out lied on the campaign trail when he pledged to end the federal death penalty and incentivize states to stop the barbaric practice, too."…
I agree with @aiww in saying that the US and West should stand up for human rights, but I also agree with @SteveCooperEsq that it is really only effective to the extent that it is not hypocritical (“the pot calling the kettle black”)
In that regard, would be great to call on China for an end to the death penalty and, crucially, transparency in death stats and sentences (see report I wrote with @amnesty).

But best to get own house in order.…
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4 Jun 21
Given that Chow Hang-tung had recently only called for people to engage in private commemorations of the Tiananmen Massacre, this should show everyone that banning the Vigil on the grounds of COVID was always a facade.…
The ICCPR applies to Hong Kong, and its application is even mentioned in the National Security Law.

Authorities should abide by their duty to respect human rights and release her.
Please se this piece in which I spell out the details on why suppressing the commemoration is not in line with human rights laws and standards.

(But in terms of human rights refereeing, it's really a very straightforward determination):…
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2 Jun 21
Yang Hengjun:

“The first six months, when I was in RSDL [residential surveillance at a designated location – a type of secret detention], was a really bad period. They tortured me.”… h/t @pjmooney
The torture details here fit a consistent pattern of systematised and methodical torture, as documented by NGOs for years and years.

(See the below piece by @CHRDnet for example):

Also, Yang Hengjun claims he is 100% innocent & wants any confessions he made as a result of torture to be excluded

But odds are not good. @amnesty looked at the extreme difficulty in excluding unlawfully obtained evidence in this report:

Art: @badiucao… Image
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20 Oct 20
As a Catholic who loves Francis and the encyclical #FratelliTutti, I couldn't agree more with @benedictrogers's piece below, & the sense of being "heartbroken".

There's also an added sense of irony with respect to the human rights crisis facing #Uyghurs…
To some extent, the encyclical was inspired by the Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, who together with Pope Francis declared:

“God has created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity, and has called them to live together as brothers and sisters” (see paragraph 5).
Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb is the current Grand Imam of al-Azhar and former president of al-Azhar University

In 2017 Uyghurs studying at al-Azhar were forcibly returned

This was one of the first high profile actions in the crackdown under Chen Quanguo…
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