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Video: Teng Biao on human rights in China

Legal scholar and well-known human rights activist Teng Biao gave a talk at USC on the state of human rights in China.

March 16, 2020

Teng Biao 滕彪 is a legal scholar and well-known human rights activist. Currently the Grove Human Rights Scholar at Hunter College, City University of New York, Teng Biao earned a doctorate in law from Beijing University and taught at China University of Political Science and Law for twelve years. In addition to his teaching, Teng took on a number of human rights cases, including high profile ones such as the Sun Zhigang, Chen Guangcheng and Hu Jia cases. Teng’s outspoken advocacy led to him being detained by various authorities on several occasions. Living primarily in the U.S. since 2012, Teng has criticized companies and organizations in the U.S. which have changed marketing materials or avoided topics the Chinese government deems “sensitive.” In his forward for the book, The People’s Republic of the Disappeared, Teng wrote:  “Those holding unchecked power often seek to hide their cruelty behind euphemisms… Residential surveillance at a Designated Location is the latest euphemism.”


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