Concerns Grow Over Chinese Influence at UN Human Rights Council

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on March 15, 2019 Rights activists are increasingly worried that Beijing’s influence operations are having a negative impact on the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which concludes its 40th session on Friday. Human Rights Watch (HRW) China director Sophie Richardson warned (read more…)

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UN Calls For Probe Into Activist’s Death As Beijing Rejects Rights Report

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on March 14, 2019 Experts at the United Nations have called on Beijing to launch an independent investigation into the death of a Chinese human rights activist in a police detention center five years ago, as Beijing faces growing pressure over international criticism of (read more…)

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Xinjiang denies existence of Uighur detention camps in China

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Originally published by Nikkei Asian Review on March 12, 2019  BEIJING — Officials from China’s remote western region of Xinjiang on Tuesday denied the existence of concentration camps for ethnic Uighur people, saying instead that many Muslims there attended schools aimed at eliminating terrorism. They are vocational school-style training centers (read more…)

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Chinese Women Who Fight For Rights Remain at Risk: Group

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Women who campaign for human rights in China face reprisals from theruling Chinese Communist Party, including enforced disappearances,arbitrary detention, sexual abuse and torture, an overseas rights group has said.

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China’s Rights Activists Face Torture, Detention, ‘Disappearance’: Report

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on February 21, 2019 China’s human rights activists continue to speak out on behalf of victims of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s abuses of power, despite the threat of arbitrary detention, torture, and forced ‘disappearance,’ an overseas rights group said on Thursday. “2018 was (read more…)

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Tortured Chinese Dissident Granted Political Asylum by U.S. State Dept

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Originally published by CNS News on February 1, 2019  After years of imprisonment and struggles to find a place of refuge, Chinese dissident Huang Yan arrived in Los Angeles from Taiwan on January 25 after the United States granted her political asylum. “I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks (read more…)

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Free from Chinese repression, desperate dissidents in US cling to tradition of petitioning to air grievances

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Originally published by SCMP on February 15, 2019   Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He came to Washington at the end of January for two days of negotiations and a meeting with US President Donald Trump in search of a trade war breakthrough. But Bai Jiemin, a former businessman from China now living (read more…)

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Mothers of Jailed Chinese Rights Defenders Shine Light on Son’s Cases and ‘Injustice’

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Originally published by Voice Of America on February 4, 2019   In recent weeks, hopes have been dashed for the mothers of two jailed Chinese rights defenders to reunite with their sons – Liu Feiyue and Huang Qi – during this week’s Lunar New Year holidays.  Last Tuesday, after a court (read more…)

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NGOs urge UN to adopt resolution on China’s human rights abuses

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Originally published by Nikkei Asian Review on January 30, 2019  TOKYO — Nongovernmental organizations from around the world are urging the United Nations and the international community to take concrete action in response to what they see as increasingly severe human rights abuses in China. In an open letter published (read more…)

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Chinese activist Liu Feiyue given five years’ jail for ‘inciting subversion’

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Originally published by AFP on January 29, 2019  The founder of a prominent Chinese civil and human rights website has been sentenced to five years in prison for inciting state subversion, according to human rights organisations. Liu Feiyue created and ran the Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch website, which covers (read more…)

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China thinks it can arbitrarily detain anyone. It is time for change

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Originally published by The Guardian on January 4, 2019  Canada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, has called China’s detention of Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor a “worrying precedent” but for many China watchers it is all too familiar. It reminds us of the detentions of other foreign citizens, such as Canadian (read more…)

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China Jails Three Activists For Video ‘Mocking’ President Xi Jinping

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on January 8, 2019  Authorities in the Chinese capital have sentenced citizen journalist Ding Lingjie and two petitioners to jail for making a video ‘mocking’ President Xi Jinping during a holiday season crackdown on dissent.Ding was tried alongside petitioners Li Xuehui and Wang Fengxian by the Shijingshan (read more…)

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