Coronavirus: How China’s increasing global power could be influencing global virus response

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Originally published by The Telegraph in January 26, 2020  China’s status as a major superpower clearly places it outside the “normal actions” of the World Health Organization, experts have warned, as the country’s coronavirus outbreak continues to spread. The novel virus has been detected in nearly every province in China and in at (read more…)

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Is China lying? Experts question why authorities suddenly kicked into action weeks after first coronavirus case was reported amid claims the regime has used its superpower status to stop UN declaring an international emergency

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Originally published by Daily Mail in January 25, 2020  Experts are questioning why Chinese authorities have suddenly leaped into action, weeks after the first coronavirus case was reported.  Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch (HRW) has been left concerned about China’s transparency in light of the quarantine of victims (read more…)

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Police in China’s Guangdong Release Journalist Turned #MeToo Activist on ‘Bail’

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia in January 17, 2020 Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have release women’s rights activist and independent journalist Sophia Huang, also known as Huang Xueqin, on “bail,” ahead of the Lunar New Year celebrations at the end of the month, rights groups said. (read more…)

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China Continues Nationwide Crackdown on Rights Lawyers, Activists

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia in January 15, 2020 China is continuing a nationwide crackdown on rights activists, detaining lawyer Chang Weiping at an unknown location, while pressing “terrorism” charges against Zhang Baocheng, activists told RFA. Chang was detained by police in the northern Chinese province of Shaanxi and placed (read more…)

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‘Ink girl’ who defaced Xi Jinping poster released from Chinese psychiatric facility

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Originally published by HKFP Media in January 7, 2020 An activist who filmed herself splashing ink on a poster of Chinese leader Xi Jinping has been released from a psychiatric facility more than a year after she was admitted, according to NGO Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) . On July 4, 2018, (read more…)

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China detains more than 12 lawyers and activists in end of year crackdown – rights groups

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Originally published by HKFP in January 3, 2020 By Jing Xuan Teng Over a dozen Chinese lawyers and activists were detained or went missing in the final days of 2019 in a crackdown on participants of a private democracy gathering, rights groups said on Thursday. The Chinese government has severely reduced (read more…)

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Organização não-governamental denuncia detenções de advogados e ativistas na China

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Originally published by Expresso in January 2, 2020 A Chinese Human Rights Defenders indicou que, entre os detidos, conta-se o advogado Ding Jiaxi, um dos mais proeminentes membros do chamado Movimento dos Novos Cidadãos, um grupo cívico conhecido pela campanha de combate à corrupção Uma organização não-governamental (ONG) denunciou esta quinta-feira (read more…)

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Artist Arrested in China on Charges of Supporting Hong Kong Protests Online

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Originally published by Hyperallergic Media in January 2, 2020  PEN America demands the immediate release of Chinese artist Yang Licai, who has been detained by authorities in China for his alleged online support of the Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests. Yang was arrested in the city of Shenzhen in southeastern China on December (read more…)

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China Detains Eight Activists, Questions More After Dec. 13 Meeting in Xiamen

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia in January 2, 2020  Chinese police have launched a nationwide operation detaining at least eight people and questioning others, following a Dec. 13 meeting of liberal-minded activists and lawyers in the southeastern province of Fujian. Authorities in the eastern province of Shandong set up a (read more…)

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China arrests pro-democracy activists in year-end crackdown

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Originally published by Deutsche Welle in January 2, 2020 More than a dozen Chinese lawyers and activists are reportedly missing or were detained by authorities in the final days of 2019 as part of the Chinese government’s year-end crackdown on pro-democracy campaigners. Human rights groups said Thursday the latest crackdown was (read more…)

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China detains activists in year-end crackdown

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Originally published by AFP in January 2, 2020 BEIJING – Over a dozen Chinese lawyers and activists were detained or went missing in the final days of 2019 in a crackdown on participants of a private democracy gathering, rights groups said Thursday. The Chinese government has severely reduced the space for civil (read more…)

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Chinese state media rebuts NYT article on Xinjiang

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Originally published by The Straits Times in December 31, 2019 Chinese state media outlets have come out in full-throated condemnation of the latest foreign reporting on detentions in Xinjiang, as Beijing tries to wrest control of the media narrative on its policy to build re-education camps, which it calls vocational training (read more…)

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