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Sophie Richardson
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Sophie Richardson is the advocacy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division and oversees the organization’s work on China. Her book on Chinese foreign policy is forthcoming from Columbia University Press, and she has also published on domestic Chinese political reform, democratization, and human rights in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. Her publications have appeared in the Far Eastern Economic Review, La Libre Belgique, the Japan Times, JoongAng Daily, the Journal of Asian Studies, The Nation (Bangkok), The Phnom Penh Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and she has provided commentary to Al Jazeera, the BBC, CNN, The Guardian, National Public Radio, and The New York Times. A graduate of the University of Virginia and Oberlin College, Dr. Richardson speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Blog Entries by Sophie Richardson

Watch, Cringe and Cry

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 5:22 PM

On a Saturday night in late October, the Indonesian Embassy in Washington hosted a special screening of the movie "Eat Pray Love," in which Julia Roberts's character spends time in Bali coping with heartache. This light-hearted diplomatic foray will no doubt be used to draw attention to the more attractive...

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Getting It Right on China

(17) Comments | Posted February 18, 2010 | 5:03 PM

"At the State Department...every week is Human Rights Week."

That's what US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an audience at Georgetown University in Washington in December. Clinton's speech, on the heels of President Obama's lofty rhetoric at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, sought to clarify the...

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Sponsoring the Olympics Is Bad for Business

(6) Comments | Posted August 6, 2008 | 6:15 PM

By Sophie Richardson

"We try to be as apolitical as possible. We've never been a lobbying group....we are not comfortable making public pronouncements."

You might be surprised to know that these comments were made by senior public relations officials of one of America's largest companies, one with a very public...

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