Handbook on Human Rights in China
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Handbook on Human Rights in China

Edited by Sarah Biddulph and Joshua Rosenzweig

This Handbook gives a wide-ranging account of the theory and practice of human rights in China, viewed against international standards, and China’s international engagements around human rights. The Handbook is organised into the following sections: contested meanings; international dimensions; economic and social rights; civil and political rights; rights in/action and access to justice; political dimensions of human rights in Greater China; and new frontiers.
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Chapter 19: Assessing freedom of peaceful assembly and association in contemporary China

Angeli Datt and Alex Beck


Despite a constitutional guarantee of the rights to freedom of assembly and association, Chinese authorities systematically curtail these rights in law and practice and have labeled as criminals individuals who hold peaceful demonstrations or who form or join particular independent non-profit organizations. Domestic laws, regulations, and policies place undue restrictions on the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of association in China and are incompatible with the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and several international conventions. The change in leadership under Xi Jinping marked an intensified deterioration of human rights in China, one in which the government has further reduced the already limited space for peaceful assembly and freedom of association through new legislation and increased criminal prosecution of civil society leaders.

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