Freedom House strongly condemns the Chinese government’s conviction of prominent human rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong for “gathering a crowd to disturb public order” and a court’s sentencing of him to four years imprisonment. Freedom House calls for his immediate release as well as the release of dozens of other activists detained over the past year on similar charges.
Freedom House strongly urges the Chinese government to drop the possible criminal prosecution of human rights activist Guo Feixiong and to release him immediately and unconditionally. Freedom House further urges the United States and other democratic governments to press Chinese authorities for Guo’s immediate release.
A majority of Americans see democracy in the U.S. as weak and getting weaker, according to a national survey released by The Democracy Project, a joint initiative of Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.