Human Rights in China - Enforced Disappearances in China – Vanishing Vulnerable Voices


 The Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty
is pleased to invite you to the side-event on:

Human Rights in China
Wednesday, 13 March 2013, 16.00-18.00 – Room XXIV, Palais des Nations
 
Enforced Disappearances in China – Vanishing Vulnerable Voices
 
Enforced disappearances in the People’s Republic of China is nothing new. But March 2012 represents a new phase in the development of institutionalising this human rights violation. At this time, the PRC passed widespread amendments to its Criminal Procedure Laws which have granted security personnel extensive powers to arbitrarily arrest and forcibly disappear individuals accused of specific crimes.
Whilst these amendments do reinforce the rights of children, women and persons with disabilities, Articles 73, 83 and 91 represent a major setback in the freedoms of those charged with the widely condemned and vaguely defined endangering state secrets (ESS) crimes. Reports continue to emerge of these crimes being used to silence vulnerable people such as lawyers, journalists, human rights activists and China’s minorities, especially in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where 50% of the ESS charges are handed down.
The 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council represents the first time to discuss this issue since the laws came into force in January 2013.
 
Introduction:            
Antonio Stango
Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty
 
Moderator:
Prof. Paul Z. Šeparović
Former Ambassador of Croatia
 
Speakers:                  
Rebiya Kadeer
President of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC)                            
Yang Jianli
President of Initiatives for China
Eghebatu Togocho
President for the Southern Mongolia Human Rights Information Center
Tseten Samdup Choekyapa
Special Representative of the Dalai Lama for Central and Eastern Europe                      
Ethan Gutmann
Fellow at the Foundation for Defence and Democracies