Human Rights in China (HRIC) is a nongovernmental organization founded in March 1989 by overseas Chinese students and scientists. Our small and committed staff brings diverse expertise in Chinese and international human rights law, Chinese politics, language, and culture, as well as internet policy issues.

Our Mission

HRIC’s mission is to support and strengthen domestic civil society actors through the advancement of international human rights and the institutional protection of these rights in the People’s Republic of China.

our senior team

Zhou Fengsuo, Executive Director, is widely recognized and respected in activist communities for his grounded leadership, humanitarian work, and inclusive vision for social change. Having emerged as a student leader in the 1989 Democracy Movement centered in Tiananmen Square, Fengsuo has continued his pro-democracy and human rights activism for the China cause after he settled in the United States in the mid-1990s. He has demonstrated inspiring strength in mobilizing and empowering young Chinese human rights advocates in diaspora to support rights advocates in China and in collaborating with and providing solidarity to the Uyghur and Tibetan communities.

He is a frequent speaker on university campuses, including the Oxford Union. He has testified before U.S. legislative bodies, including the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC). 


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board of directors


  • William BERNSTEIN, Chair, HRIC

     Partner & Chairman of the Board, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

  • Sharon HOM

     Professor of Law Emerita, CUNY School of Law

  • R. Scott GREATHEAD, Treasurer, HRIC

     Senior Counsel, New York Office, Whiteford Taylor & Preston,

  • Cheuk KWAN, Secretary, HRIC

     Former Chairman, Toronto Association for Democracy in China

  • HAN Dongfang

     Founder and Executive Director, China Labour Bulletin

  • HU Ping

     Veteran Democracy Activist & Political Commentator

  • Rochelle KORMAN

     Of Counsel, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

  • LIU Qing

     Veteran Democracy Activist & Political Commentator

  • Andrew J. NATHAN

      Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

     *HRIC Board members serve at their individual personal capacities. Affiliations listed above are for identification purposes only.


  • Marie HOLZMAN
  • Torbjörn LODÉN
  • Paul MARTIN
  • Ming RUAN
  • Anne F. THURSTON


Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is pleased to host the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights. The fellowship enables an NYU Law School graduate to devote a year to full-time human rights work at HRIC. It was established in honor of the late Mr. Bernstein, who was Director and Chair Emeritus of HRIC and Founding Chair and Director Emeritus of Human Rights Watch, and who made lifelong contributions to human rights in China and around the world. 

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