Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC 210 Washington, DC 20515 | Friday, September 18, 2015 – 2:00pm-4:00pm EST
As President Obama prepares to host Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 24-25, 2015, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) will hold a hearing to examine the critical human rights and rule of law issues that deserve frank and robust discussions during the planned state visit.
It has been another bad year for human rights in China. In its forthcoming Annual Report, scheduled for release in October, the CECC will provide documentation of the Chinese government and Communist Party’s efforts to silence dissent, suppress human rights advocacy, and control civil society — efforts that are broader in scope than any other period documented since the Commission started issuing Annual Reports in 2002.
Chinese authorities have targeted for arrest and harassment human rights defenders; media outlets and journalists; human rights lawyers; Tibetans and Uyghurs; religious groups; nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); intellectuals and democracy advocates; and supporters of “universal suffrage” in Hong Kong. The CECC Political Prisoner Database has case information on over 1,300 political and religious prisoners currently known or believed to be detained or imprisoned.
There are many important issues, to include security and economic concerns, that should be on the agenda during the Chinese President’s visit. So too should human rights. It is increasingly clear that there are direct links between concrete improvements in human rights and the rule of law in China and the security and prosperity of the United States.
Witnesses will address a variety of human rights developments and will make policy recommendations in the context of the upcoming summit.
- Teng Biao, Chinese human rights lawyer, Harvard University Law School Visiting Fellow, and Co-founder, the Open Constitution Initiative
- Xiao Qiang, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, China Digital Times
- Yang Jianli, President, Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China
- Shohret Hoshur, journalist reporting on news in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region for Radio Free Asia
- Ethan Gutmann, China analyst and author of The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret to Its Dissident Problem