Press Release — China: HRF Urges Xi Jinping to Act on the Promise of Promoting Women’s Rights


The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) urges the Chinese government to carry out its promise to protect women’s rights. While co-hosting the United Nations Women’s Summit on Sunday, President Xi Jinping announced a $10 million donation to the UN agency for women and promised to create “a global environment favorable for women’s development.” Xi acknowledged that women’s rights are part of basic human rights and vowed to protect them through laws and regulations. He also stressed the need to build a more inclusive society free of discrimination and prejudice against women. Xi’s promises stand in stark contrast to the actions of his government, which include the imprisonment of female human rights activists like Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest since her husband Liu Xiaobo received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. Similarly, Wang Yu, a human rights lawyer who has defended sexually assaulted schoolgirls and feminist activists, has been arbitrarily imprisoned since July 9.

“It is laughable and hypocritical that the president of China promises to promote women’s rights, while his single-party regime actively oppresses female activists for defending human rights,” said HRF president Thor Halvorssen. “The Chinese dictatorship must free these arbitrarily imprisoned female activists to show its good faith in promoting women’s rights, otherwise Xi’s promise is nothing more than a blatant lie to appease China’s critics. These advocates are working to promote the same rights Xi is vowing to protect, and they should not be punished for their courageous activism,” Halvorssen concluded.

The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies.

Read this release in Chinese here.

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