Despite being an oppressive and totalitarian dictatorship, the Chinese Communist regime sits on the Human Rights Council and other influential United Nations bodies. China exercises its power and influence within the UN system to distract and deflect from its appalling human rights abuses, granting Beijing immunity and impunity to trample the basic rights of its citizens, imprison dissidents, extinguish freedom in Hong Kong, and persecute Tibetans, Uyghurs and other minorities.


Subverting the United Nations

By getting elected to various UN bodies, China exercises power and influence. Through membership of the Human Rights Council, China protects itself and fellow dictatorships from being held accountable for their abuses.

China’s membership on bodies such as ECOSOC, UNESCO and the UN Women Executive Board gives its oppressive regime influence over global human rights, education, science, culture, gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Take Action

Expel China from U.N. Human Rights Council panel

China was appointed to a United Nations Human Rights Council panel where it plays a central role in choosing 17 different UN human rights investigators including the world monitors on freedom of speech, health, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary detention, each for 6-year terms.

It’s absurd and immoral for the UN to allow China’s oppressive government a key role in selecting officials who shape international human rights standards and report on violations worldwide.

Hong Kong

Crushing Democracy and Persecuting Freedom's Defenders

China has imposed a national security law, which it has used to quell Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement; stamping out street protests, banning activists from lobbying foreign governments, gutting the city’s legislature and arresting most of the opposition.

China’s assault on press freedom has witnessed raids on and closures of popular media outlets, including the Apple Daily and the arrest of its founder Jimmy Lai. Other defenders of freedom such as pop star Denise Ho have been targeted by the regime.


We believe that Hong Kong people deserve democracy and freedom. And that’s why we come out to protest and to fight against all these authoritarian approaches to Hong Kong, the destruction of our free system—and also to fight for our future.

Nathan Law


Forcibly Erasing Tibetan Identity

China has, for decades, attempted to erase Tibetan identity, forcing Tibetans to abandon their traditional Buddhist culture. Thousands of monasteries have been destroyed and thousands of Tibetans imprisoned, with many reports of torture.

the uyghur people

A Modern-Day Genocide

A modern-day genocide is taking place in the Xinjiang region of China, where one million Uyghurs have been arbitrarily detained in extralegal political reeducation camps.

Surveillance and repression in Xinjiang has increased dramatically. Biometric data is collected from residents, passports confiscated, religious activity restricted. China bans long beards, public prayers and Muslim veils.

China still denies these reports and continues to prevent human rights organizations, independent observers and the UN unfettered access to Xinjiang.

It's not mainland China that rubs me up the wrong way, it is the dictatorship that rubs me up the wrong way. It's the freedom that we Chinese people are not allowed that rubs me up the wrong way.

Jimmy Lai

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Silencing Sportspeople

China exercises strict control over its media, which answers to the state. It restricts what its people can access on the internet and crushes any criticism of the ruling Chinese communist party and its officials.

Chinese tennis player, Peng Shuai, disappeared from public after accusing former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into having sex in a since-deleted social media post.

While Peng subsequently reappeared in a video where she denied having been sexually assaulted, the Women’s Tennis Association cited “serious doubts that she is free, safe and not subject to censorship, coercion and intimidation.”

China doesn’t only stifle the free speech of its own citizens. Ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Chinese officials warned that visiting athletes who spoke against the Olympic spirit or Chinese laws would be “subject to certain punishment,” prompting U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to urge U.S. athletes not to risk angering the “ruthless” Chinese government.

At the GeneVa Summit

Giving a Voice to Chinese Dissidents

On the eve of the UN Human Rights Council’s main annual session, the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy assembles each year hundreds of courageous dissidents and human rights victims, activists, diplomats, journalists and student leaders to shine a spotlight on urgent human rights situations that require global attention.

The Geneva Summit brings human rights heroes, activists and former political prisoners from China to testify about their personal struggles for human rights, democracy and freedom, and join hands to plan action strategies.

Recent speakers have included:

  • Hong Kong student leader of the Umbrella Movement, former Member of Hong Kong Legislative Council who fled arrest Nathan Law.
  • Uyghur activist, sister of Ekpar Asat who was disappeared by China Rayhan Asat.
  • Chinese dissident, former political prisoner, Tiananmen Square massacre survivor and President of Initiatives for China Yang Jianli.

Take Action

WHO: Remove China TV Propagandist James Chau as 'Goodwill Ambassador'

It’s absurd that the World Health Organization’s elite group of “Goodwill Ambassadors” includes James Chau — a Chinese government news presenter who has broadcast forced confessions, and who is now aggressively exploiting his WHO title to whitewash China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

UN Watch