<strong>Tortured dissident Xu Zhiyong stands trial in China’s Shandong for ‘subversion’</strong>

Tortured dissident Xu Zhiyong stands trial in China’s Shandong for ‘subversion’

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By Fong Tak Ho for RFA Cantonese and by Kai Di for RFA Mandarin Originally published by RFA on June 22, 2022 The trial comes amid allegations that Xu and rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi were tortured while in detention. A file photo of Chinese dissident Xu Zhiyong, who has reported being tortured (read more…)

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Now China wants to censor online comments

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By Zeyi Yang Originally published by MIT Technology Review on June 18, 2022 A draft update of rules would dramatically increase the power of China’s censorship machine, but platforms will pay the price. China is fine-tuning its censorship machine, this time proposing changes in how to regulate the billions of online comments (read more…)

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Charges against citizens’ movement leader Xu Zhiyong ‘trumped up’: lawyers

Charges against citizens’ movement leader Xu Zhiyong ‘trumped up’: lawyers

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By Hsia Hsiao-hwa for RFA MandarinOriginally published by RFA on June 17, 2022 Xu will stand trial for ‘subversion’ at the Linshu County People’s Court on June 22. Detained human rights defenders Xu Zhiyong and Ding Jiaxi, who are set to go on trial this month, an undated photo. Detained democracy activist Xu (read more…)

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Activists Say UN Rights Chief’s China Trip Whitewashed Abuse

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Originally published by Bloomberg UK on May 30, 2022 Top scholar says Bachelet used Beijing’s propaganda language Trip came as hacked files gave new evidence of alleged abuse The United Nations’ human rights chief should resign for failing to condemn China after visiting its remote Xinjiang region where the US (read more…)

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U.N. human rights chief disappoints Uyghur advocates on visit to China

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By Eva Dou Originally published by The Washington Post on May 29, 2022 SHENZHEN, China — U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet ended a long-awaited trip to China with cautious criticism of the country’s crackdown in the Xinjiang region, balanced with praise for Chinese authorities, in what rights (read more…)

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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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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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The crackdown on trade unions in Hong Kong: what response from responsible investors?

The crackdown on trade unions in Hong Kong: what response from responsible investors?

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As the Hong Kong government punishes trade unions and cracks down on civil society, the business community must reassess risk levels in Hong Kong.

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