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Freedom House condemns the Chinese government’s January 5th detention and subsequent disappearance of human rights activist and lawyer Liu Shihui. Authorities at the Dadongjie police station in Guangzhou detained Liu when he went to inquire about three members of a grassroots pro-democracy group, Southern Street Movement, who were taken into custody the day before. Liu was transferred out of the police station in the middle of the night on January 6, and his whereabouts are unknown.

Around the world, millions of people carried on the struggle for freedom and human rights in 2013. There were gains, to be sure, but unfortunately many more setbacks. Here are some of the best and worst developments in human rights over the past year.

Chinese authorities have formally charged the human rights activist Xu Zhiyong with disturbing public order after keeping him under arrest since August underscoring the government’s intolerance of dissent.  



Senior Research Analyst for China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

Sarah Cook is a Senior Research Analyst for China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan at Freedom House.

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Annie Wilcox Boyajian is Director of Advocacy at Freedom House and leads Freedom House’s engagement with the US government and collaboration with American human rights groups.


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