Human rights defenders across the globe look to the United States for inspiration and count on it for support. In the case of China, Human Rights First works to amplify the voices of Chinese lawyers who are pushing for their government to respect the rule of law. We press for the United States to put human rights as a priority in U.S.-China relations. By harnessing American influence, we aim to secure core freedoms for human rights defenders–including the right to free speech and assembly.
Human Rights Defenders in China
This week’s FirstCast covers the story of the blind “barefoot” lawyer Chen Guangcheng. He is recipient of the 2012 Human Rights First Award for his lifelong work fighting for the rule of law in China. Oscar-winning actor Christian Bale called him a “giant among” men as he presented the award.
Washington, DC – In response to today’s news that Chen Kegui, nephew of the blind “barefoot” lawyer Chen Guangcheng, has…
Washington, DC – Human Rights First today deplored reports that Chinese authorities will prosecute Chen Kegui for “intentional injury.” Chen…
Washington, DC – Human Rights First calls on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to raise the case of Chen Kegui, nephew of the blind “barefoot…