What will the UN see as it finally visits China’s Xinjiang?

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By Erin Hale Originally published by AL JAZEERA on May 24, 2022 Human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has been demanding ‘unfettered’ access to the region for years, but experts doubt she will get it. A Chinese national flag flies over a vehicle entrance to the inmate detention area at the Urumqi (read more…)

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UN Rights Chief to Proceed With Rare Trip to China Next Week

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Originally published by Bloomberg News on May 19, 2022 Visit would be first by person holding the position since 2005 Beijing rejects accusations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang The United Nations’ human rights chief is planning to proceed with a landmark trip to China next week, people familiar with (read more…)

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Letter of Nomination by Prominent Scholars of 2022 Nobel Peace Prize to Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists

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We write to nominate Hong Kong prisoners of conscience Chow Hang-tung, Gwyneth Ho, Jimmy Lai, Lee Cheuk-yan, and Joshua Wong for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize. These five are among about one hundred and fifty others who have been arrested under a National Security Law imposed on Hong Kong in (read more…)

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The crackdown on China’s ‘moderate’ rights voices: how tweets are now landing people in prison

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By Guo Rui Originally published by South China Morning Post on May 06, 2022 Activist Wang Aizhong was taken into custody and charged by authorities in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” in May last year. Nearly a year later, he is still behind (read more…)

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No End in Sight to China’s Prolonged, Opaque, Extralegal Detentions

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By Oliver Young Originally published by China Digital Times on May 03, 2022 While millions of Shanghai residents are locked in their homes due to pandemic-prevention and quarantine measures, other Chinese citizens are held in government detention on trumped-up political charges. A series of recent cases shines a light on (read more…)

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China, India dissidents fear censorship after Musk’s Twitter deal 

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Originally published by AL JAZEERA on April 29, 2022 Elon Musk’s $44bn bid to buy Twitter puts the world’s richest man in the crosshairs of censorship-prone governments such as China and India, raising questions about how the Tesla CEO might respond to demands to stifle dissent in countries where he (read more…)

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Families of foreign prisoners in China worry about their health, safety amid Shanghai’s devastating COVID-19 lockdown 

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Originally published by The Globe and Mail on April 28, 2022 As coronavirus cases spiked in Shanghai and the Chinese financial centre went into lockdown this month, sparking food shortages and chaos at hospitals across the city, Harrison Li worried for his father. Kai Li has been locked up Shanghai’s (read more…)

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China activists call for reboot of State Dept. annual human rights report

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By Phelim Kine Originally published by POLITICO on Apr 13, 2022 Members of the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement protest China’s treatment of Uyghurs, during a protest near the State Department, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, in Washington. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo The China section of the State Department’s latest human (read more…)

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Human rights and Beijing Summit: the EU must not remain silent on Chinese crimes

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Originally published by AsiaNews on 22 March, 2022 The Ukrainian crisis must not divert attention from the atrocities committed by the Chinese regime, say the signatories of an appeal to Europe. Abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans, the Hong Kong democracy movement and dissidents in China are in focus. The EU must demand the (read more…)

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UN rights chief to visit China’s Xinjiang

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By Stephanie Nebehay Originally published by 7NEWS on 10 March, 2022 After years of negotiations about a visit, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet plans to travel to China in May. United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says she has reached an agreement with China for a visit, (read more…)

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Open letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: OHCHR report on grave human rights violations in Xinjiang can wait no longer

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8 March 2022 Madam High Commissioner, We, the undersigned human rights organisations, write to follow up on your commitment last year to release a report on grave ongoing human rights violations by Chinese authorities targeting Uyghurs and other Turkic communities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (the Uyghur region). The (read more…)

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U.N. rights boss to visit China in May, including Xinjiang, but activists demand report

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By Stephanie Nebehay Originally published by Reuters on 8 March, 2022 GENEVA, March 8 (Reuters) – U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday that she has reached an agreement with China for a visit, “foreseen” in May, and that she had raised with Beijing the arrests of activists to (read more…)

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