Understanding China’s Crackdown on Rights Advocates: Personal Accounts and Perspectives

418 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 | Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Opening Statements

Senator Sherrod Brown, Chairman


Statements Submitted for the Record

Representative Christopher Smith, Cochairman


Jewher Ilham, Daughter of detained Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti

Teng Biao, Human rights lawyer and scholar

Donald Clarke, David A. Weaver Research Professor of Law, George Washington University School of Law

Dr. Sophie Richardson, China Director, Human Rights Watch


On February 21, 2014, nine members of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) signed a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping expressing serious concern over the worsening crackdown on rights defenders and civil society activists. The letter is available here: http://go.usa.gov/Kfq3.