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Formalistic cooperation masks rejection of key labor rights
A critique of the American labor movement’s stance Last year, one of the principal activities of the main US union federation, the AFL-CIO, was a high-profile campaign against the United States granting Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status to China. Kent Wong and Elaine Bernard argue that...
The Chinese working class, the ACTFU & engagement While sharing some of the concerns raised by Kent Wong and Elaine Bernard about US organized labor’s “China Campaign,” the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) and China Labour Bulletin (CLB) argue against their proposal for...
The key to rights for China’s workers Bitter personal experience and wide observations of the conditions of Chinese workers led Li Qiang , a 28-year-old worker from Zigong, Sichuan, to become an advocate for independent unions. Li’s activism eventually forced him to flee his country. He now resides...
China sets low level for terms of agreement with UN High Commissioner On November 20, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Chinese government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to initiate human rights cooperation programs in China. B□trice Laroche looks at the significance of...
The Li Peng lawsuit & universal jurisdiction over violations of rights
Tiananmen mothers operate in ever-more circumscribed space The woman at the forefront of the Tiananmen Mothers? campaign against impunity, Ding Zilin , describes the difficulties they face in their work, the reasons behind their focus on humanitarian assistance for victims? families and the...
Announcing the launch of a global campaign Acting on the orders of the Chinese leadership, martial law troops brutally ended the Tiananmen Square protests when they opened fire with tanks and machine guns on the unarmed people of Beijing on June 4, 1989, initiating a massacre which took lives of...
From cautious observer to aspiring referee CHINA, THE UNITED NATIONS & HUMAN RIGHTS THE LIMITS OF COMPLIANCE Ann Kent, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1999, 328 pp.
Today hearings on the report regarding China’s implementation of the U.N. Convention Against Torture begin at the United Nations in Geneva. The report was submitted by the Chinese government to the Committee that monitors this treaty. In a shadow report to the Committee, Human Rights in China (HRIC...

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