Widespread ’Jasmine Rallies’ crackdown on pro-democracy activists and human rights defenders in China

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Inspired by the movements and mass popular protests against dictatorial regimes across North Africa and the Middle East, Internet users on February 20 made an anonymous online call for a "Jasmine Revolution" in thirteen different cities in mainland China. In the days since, the Chinese authorities have launched a nation-wide crackdown on human rights defenders and activists, subjecting them to interrogation, house arrest, and detention, as well as bringing ’subversion’ charges against a number of them.

Human Rights in China (HRIC), a member organisation of FIDH, has been monitoring and documenting this severe, on-going crackdown. For further information, please visit the following links:

HRIC Video Commentary

April 8, 2011

-  Gao Wenqian on the Chinese Authorities Targeting Ai Weiwei

(video subtitled in English)

March 1, 2011

- Wan Yanhai on Jasmine Rallies and 1989

(video subtitled in English)

February 25, 2011

- HRIC Senior Policy Advisor Gao Wenqian on "subversion" charges in advance of February 27 Jasmine Rallies

(video subtitled in English)

February 24, 2011

- Professor Jerome A. Cohen on the Jasmine Revolution

February 22, 2011

- HRIC Senior Policy Advisor Gao Wenqian on the "Jasmine Revolution

(video subtitled in English)

HRIC Press Releases

April 1, 2011

Silencing the People Is More Dangerous than Damming a River

March 4, 2011

Chinese MFA Spokesperson to Reporter: “Don’t Use the Law as a Shield”

March 2, 2011

More Crackdown Incidents; Authorities Use Force to Prevent Reporting of Jasmine Rallies

February 25, 2011

Heavy Charges for Chinese Activists; HRIC Urges Support from International Community

February 23, 2011

Lawyers and Activists Detained, Summoned, and Harassed in ‘Jasmine Rallies’ Crackdown

February 22, 2011

Jasmine Organizers Call for Rallies Every Sunday

To see photos of Jasmine Rally, Wangfujing Street, Beijing, on February 20, 2011, please click here

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