Westerners are increasingly scared of traveling to China as threat of detention rises

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Originally published by CNN on March 9, 2021 (CNN) Jeff Wasserstrom is a self-proclaimed China specialist who is seriously considering never returning to China — at least, he says, not while President Xi Jinping is in power. The American professor, who for decades made multiple trips a year to China (read more…)

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Turkey’s Uighur exiles raise voices against China amid Erdogan’s silence

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Originally published by La Prensa Latina Media on February 11, 2021 Istanbul, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- The 50,000-strong community of exiled Uighurs in Istanbul have in recent weeks stepped up their protests against the alleged repression by Beijing of their people in their western Chinese homeland of Xinjiang, amid fears that (read more…)

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Activists mark one-year countdown to Beijing Winter Olympics with protest

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Originally published by Phayul Newsdesk on February 23, 2021 By Tenzin Dharpo DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 3: As the one-year countdown to the 2022 Winter Olympics begins on January 4, a coalition of over 170 activist groups called on nations to boycott the premier sporting event to be held in Beijing. On (read more…)

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China would welcome UN Human Rights Council visit ‘because there is no genocide in Xinjiang’

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Originally published by SCMP on February 23, 2021 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has rejected claims of genocide or oppression in the far western region of Xinjiang and said China would welcome the UN human rights chief to visit the region. Wang’s statement comes as international pressure mounts over accusations (read more…)

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Terry Glavin: Do athletes really want Olympic medals that have been soaked in blood?

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Originally published by National Post on February 10, 2021 Now that a rising global movement to move the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing is finally starting to pick up steam in Canada, there’s a debate worth having about it, and some difficult questions to be raised. Can the International Olympic (read more…)

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Glavin: Canada can’t just shrug off the debate over the Beijing Winter Olympics

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Originally published by Ottawa Citizen on February 10, 2021 Now that a rising global movement to move the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing is finally starting to pick up steam in Canada, there’s a debate worth having about it, and some difficult questions to be raised. Can the International Olympic (read more…)

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Chinese publisher who spoke up for dissident academic is jailed for three years

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Originally published by The Guardian on February 10, 2021 A Chinese publisher who spoke out in support of a dissident academic has been jailed for three years in Beijing after she pleaded guilty to illegal business operations. Geng Xiaonan, 46, and her husband Qin Zhen, were arrested in September on (read more…)

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China strips licence from second lawyer for ‘Hong Kong 12’

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Originally published by Al Jazeera on February 3, 2021 A second Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist has been stripped of his licence to practice, in a move that drew alarm from rights groups and condemnation from the United States. Ren Quanniu, who represented one of 12 (read more…)

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China Signals Further Clampdown on Citizen Journalism With License Scheme

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on February 2, 2021 China’s internet regulator has announced a crackdown on citizen journalism around the country, banning anyone from posting news-related information online without a license.The move was announced by Zhuang Rongwen, deputy director of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s central propaganda (read more…)

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WHO Team Unlikely to Meet With Critics of China’s Handling of Pandemic: Rights Group

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on February 1, 2021 World Health Organization (WHO) investigators probing the origins of the coronavirus in China are unlikely to be allowed to meet with critics of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s handling of the early stages of the pandemic, an overseas-based rights (read more…)

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Turkey forsaking Uighur Muslims for Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

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Originally published by Zee News on January 25, 2021 The COVID-19 vaccine production is still limited and for now, only a few countries have been able to access it. Given the severity of the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understandable that countries are eager to get their (read more…)

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Lawyer Turned Citizen Journalist in China Turns Up Again—in Jail

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Originally published by Mind Matter News on January 20, 2021 Lawyer-turned-citizen journalist Zhang Zhan, 37, went missing on May 15 after documenting on Youtube, Twitter, and WeChat what she saw in Wuhan during the early days of the SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) pandemic. She has now been sentenced to four years in (read more…)

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