Submission to the report on the protection of lawyers

In December 2021, The Rights Practice was pleased to submit this response to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers. Our submission focuses on the protection of lawyers in China. Read more

UN Universal Periodic Review. Mid-term Report.

In November 2021, we submitted a mid-term report reflecting on the last UN UPR of China, which took place in 2018. We focus on the use of the death penalty and the deprivation of liberty and risk of torture. Read more

Hong Kong Civil Society

In October 2021, we publish a briefing paper to analyse recent developments for Hong Kong civil society since a new National Security Law was adopted in July 2020. Read more

Release Zhang Zhan

On 17 September 2021, The Rights Practice joins a coalition of 44 human rights NGOs to urge the Chinese authorities to release Covid-19 reporter Zhang Zhan. She's on hunger strike and reportedly force fed. Read more

The International Community Must Halt Rapid Decline of Rights in Hong Kong

On the 24th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover, The Rights Practice co-signed a statement to urge the international community to take effective actions to halt the rapid decline of civil-political liberties in Hong Kong at the behest of Chinese authorities. Read more

Criminal Law and Deprivation of Liberty in Xinjiang

In June 2021, we released a Working Paper on Criminal Law and Deprivation of Liberty in the XUAR. The paper delves into official statistics and Chinese law to try and understand how the criminal law is being used to detain Uyghurs. Read more

Lack of Transparency on the Death Penalty Impacts Human Rights

In March 2021, The Rights Practice responded to a call for submissions to the UN Secretary General. This focused on the consequences of the lack of transparency in the application and imposition of the death penalty on the enjoyment of human rights. Read more

Calling for Inclusion of Human Rights Clauses in the EU-China CAI

Read our joint appeal, along with 35 other civil society organisations, calling on European institutions to include enforceable human rights clauses in the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI). Read more

The Uyghur Community in the UK

The Rights Practice recently surveyed Uyghurs living in the UK. Our survey revealed a community desperate for information about relatives in Xinjiang. Read more

Invisible Pain

Read our report on sexual and gender-based violence in Xinjiang. Produced to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, on 25 November 2020. Read more

An open letter to Chinese officials on the status of the Changsha Funeng 3

The Rights Practice, along with three other organisations, Chinese Human Rights Defenders, Frontline Defenders, and International Service for Human Rights, penned an open letter to Chinese officials on the status of the Changsha Funeng 3. Read more

China and the United Nations

On 13 October 2020, China was re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council. UN member states have an obligation to ensure that China complies with international human rights standards. Read more

Civil Society Space

On 21 October 2020, Nicola Macbean, Director, The Rights Practice, spoke at an online panel event held by LSE on “Civil Society Under Threat: Covid-19, authoritarianism and more”. Read more

Respect for Minimum Standards? Report on the Death Penalty in China

To mark the 18th World Day Against the Death Penalty, on 10 October 2020, we have produced a report in an attempt to assess the use of the death penalty in China. This is an updated and expanded version of an interim publication we produced in February 2019. Read more

Global call for international human rights monitoring mechanisms on China

The Rights Practice signed a joint letter, along with over 300 organisations, calling for an international mechanism to address the Chinese government’s human rights violations. Read more

Lawyers at Risk

Detained Chinese human rights lawyers and defenders continue to face long, bleak periods incommunicado and the risk of torture and ill-treatment. Read more

Finding Justice for Uyghurs

The Uyghur people continue to be subjected to widespread and systematic persecution in Xinjiang. The Rights Practice has submitted a briefing note to CERD, focused on China’s follow-up response to the Committee’s review in 2018. Read more

Hong Kong and National Security Legislation

In a briefing paper issued prior to its promulgation, The Rights Practice considers the adoption of the new National Security law in Hong Kong and what implementation may mean for the many civil society organisations in the city. Read more

Reject National Security Law

The Rights Practice signed a joint letter, along with 85 other organisations, urging China to abandon plans to introduce national security legislation for Hong Kong. Read more

Joint Statement on Covid-19 and the Death Penalty

The Rights Practice signed a joint statement calling for a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more

A Secret Criminal Process

It has been over 300 days since Cheng Yuan and his fellow NGO workers, Liu Dazhi and Wu Gejianxiong, were detained in Changsha and they have still not been allowed to meet with their lawyers. Read more

Home, At Long Last

Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was finally reunited with his wife and son on 27 April 2020 after a separation of nearly five years. Read more

Joint Statement Concerning Wang Quanzhang

The Rights Practice signed a joint statement concerning the personal freedom of Wang Quanzhang after his release. Read more

Labour Rights Activists Taken Away

On the evening of 17 December, 2019, Chen Weixiang, also known as Xiangzi, a labour rights activist, researcher and co-founder of WeChat channel Heart Sanitation (Xin Huanwei), an online platform advocating for workers’ rights, was taken from his home in Guangzhou by over a dozen police officers. Read more