Chinese Human Rights Monitor 2020 l 3rd Edition


The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) publishes yearly four Chinese Human Rights Monitors (CHRM), aiming to support Chinese human rights defenders and civil society working on human rights in China in acceding to the UN human rights mechanisms.

This is the 3rd 2020 Edition!


Over the past few months, we have – like many of you – been working to learn how to adapt our work to this new environment. Without travel, conferences and in-person meetings, frank conversations become harder. The political climate is also changing, from day to day becoming more polarised. However, we remain convinced that communicating about how international human rights standards can have an impact on the situation in China, and on the work of Chinese civil society and human rights defenders, remains deeply important.

This is why we’ve put together a new selection of articles, highlighting both the latest updates of how the UN and its member states are talking about the situation in China, with how major challenges such as COVID and structural racism are inspiring new movements in the US and around the world.

This bilingual publication gathers China-related content from ISHR's Human Rights Monitors while closely monitoring the Chinese government within the UN human rights spaces, and providing opportunities to civil society for UN engagement around issues of human rights in China.

The PDF version of this CHRM (in Chinese) can be downloaded here.

This 3rd edition is comprised of:

1) The UN needs you! Upcoming opportunities to protect human rights at the UN (August 2020 update)

2) Latest UN developments

HRC43 | High Commissioner and independent experts to examine killing of George Floyd, systemic racism and police violence

HRC43 | Vote on 'mutually beneficial cooperation' resolution highlights divisive nature of Chinese initiative

HRC44 | Council puts China on notice for violations in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, but falls short of decisive action

HRC44 | ISHR calls for end to restrictions on free media, lawyers in China

3) Supporting human rights defenders

China | Five years after major crackdown, international community must step up support to human rights lawyers

China | Do not subvert Hong Kong's autonomy on flawed national security grounds


If you want to review past publications, please click here to look for past Chinese Human Rights Monitors. You can also find here all ISHR articles in Chinese.

Thank you very much for your support and attention !


Help us improve our work!  Is the CHRM useful to your work? What kind of content do you want to read more about? Please feel free to share with us ideas and suggestions. For any additional information or comments, please contact Sarah M Brooks (at ; or on Twitter at @sarahmcneer),or Raphael Viana David (at ; or on Twitter at @vdraphael).

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