Note from director of the China Programme 

Our work in China aims to strengthen institutions and networks for the promotion and protection of human rights, including gender equality.

We have been working with human rights capacity development activities in China since the mid-1990s, when activities were initiated upon the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Our programme focus on strengthening human rights knowledge, understanding and skills within academia. Over the years we have built up a wide network of individuals and institutions that we work with on human rights education, research, and outreach.

Our current cooperation in China contributes to:

  • improved human rights education at Chinese universities and within the prosecution system
  • the development of human rights teaching resources on gender equality and business and human rights
  • research and policy recommendations that highlight the rights of persons with disabilities
  • advancing substantive gender equality in all activities through a process of gender integration
  • contributes to improved understanding of human rights and environmental impacts of Chinese overseas investments
  • strenghten the capacity of Chinese academics teaching Business and human righs

Key partners include top universities, such as Peking University, China University of Political Science and Law and Wuhan University.

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Results Achieved

  • The establishment of China’s first post-graduate level programme in human rights in 2004 at Peking University Research Centre for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. By 2016, close to 300 students have graduated from this unique programme. The graduates work in a variety of fields, such as academia, government, companies, law firms, and international and domestic NGOs
  • A substantial increase in the number of human rights courses offered and of staff able to teach human rights at Chinese universities
  • The first and the only institutionalised human rights training system within the Chinese procuratorate, with prosecutors at national and provincial levels serving as human rights educators and contributing to a greater appreciation of their responsibilities as duty-bearers.
  • The establishment of cross-sector synergies and networks for the promotion of a rights-based approach to disability in policy development and legislative reform
  •  Spearheading gender sensitive rights-based juvenile justice reform, including non-custodial measures and the involvement of social workers in these initiatives
  • The development of China’s only human rights textbook specifically designed for Chinese prosecutors (Prosecutors and Human Rights Protection: A Textbook), and the only case law book on human rights and prosecution work (Prosecutors and Human Rights Protection: Case Studies). 
  • In addition to research and workshops, in spring 2020 we published the first ever Chinese textbook on gender and human rights. Aimed at university students in China as well as the broader academic audience there, the textbook is now available in online book stores in China. Upcoming publications include a collection of papers by Chinese academics on the occasion of the 25 year anniversary of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women, which was held in Beijing in 1995. RWIs China programme is also contributing with our partners to a multi country research study on the Covid-19 pandemic’s gendered impacts on human rights.

Our current cooperation programme in China is financially supported by Swedish Development Cooperation.

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