HRWeekend China Program: Expert Talk + Leftover Women

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A documentary that follows three hopeful single women in China who, under immense pressure, are determined to find love on their own terms.

China Program

Expert Talk

China is well known for its rapid economic growth, but the country also remains a one-party authoritarian state that systemically violates fundamental rights. Since President Xi Jinping assumed power in 2013, the government of China has arbitrarily detained and prosecuted hundreds of activists, human rights lawyers and defenders. It has tightened control over nongovernmental organizations, activists, media, and the internet through new laws that label activism and peaceful criticism as state security threats. In this Expert Talk, we will  look behind the scenes in modern-day China, with a focus on Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Yaqiu Wang, China Researcher at Human Rights Watch
  • Mirali Seley, Uyghur activist in the Netherlands


  • Jan van der Putten, former China correspondent, journalist at De Groene Amsterdammer and author of ‘Fabels over China’

Dutch premiere Leftover Women (Documentary Film)

‘Leftover Women’ is how the Chinese describe educated, cosmopolitan women who are not married and settled by the time they reach their mid-twenties. Through marriage markets, matchmakers, and government-sponsored dating events, the film follows three hopeful singles who, under immense pressure, are determined to find love on their own terms.

Human Rights Weekend

Human Rights Watch, De Balie, and partners present the eighth edition of Human Rights Weekend. Find out where you stand and learn more about human rights, by participating in a weekend of films, discussions, and more. Meet film directors, Human Rights Watch researchers, journalists, and others and discover your position on topics such as the link between human rights violations and your clothing, the struggles involved in being intersex, and the use of protest as a tool for change. The event covers a wide range of countries, from France to China and from Bangladesh to Chile. Join us in Amsterdam, and find out where you stand.

All programs will be in English.


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HRWeekend 2020:
6 – 8 February


Yaqiu WangChina researcher
Jan van der PuttenJournalist, author and former correspondent
Mirali SeleyUyghur activist