July 13, 2017, early evening. Day 4 of the relay sit-in organized by the Hong Kong Alliance. As Liu Xiaobo clung to life in a hospital in Shenyang, northern China, supporters here were chanting for his and his wife's, Liu Xia, release.
In the lead up to the 25th anniversary of a horrific episode of government-ordered military violence against unarmed civilians, the Chinese authorities have redoubled their efforts—by criminal detention and other means of control—to suppress remembrances of what happened in June 1989. The Tiananmen Mothers, a group of survivors of June Fourth and family members of victims, have defied this enforced amnesia to speak out.
The "China in the World: Human Rights Challenges and Opportunities" Roundtable (co-organized by NYU School of Law and HRIC on April 23, 2013) features four distinguished human rights and law experts:
Michael H. Posner, Professor of Business and Society, NYU Stern School of Business, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Jerome A. Cohen, Professor, NYU School of Law and Co-Director, NYU School of Law U.S.-Asia Law Institute
Felice D. Gaer, Director, AJC's Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, and Vice-Chair, United Nations Committee Against Torture (Ms. Gaer spoke on the panel in her personal capacity.)
Fu Hualing, Professor, the University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law