China decries US human rights sanctions slapped on former official

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Originally published by Asia Times on December 23, 2017 Some human rights groups were happy to hear this week that Washington has finally decided to put the Global Magnitsky Act into action. The law, which allows authorities to prohibit entrance into the US and use of its banking system for (read more…)

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Beijing Police Chief is First Chinese Official to be Sanctioned by US

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on December 22, 2017 Officials in the United States have sanctioned a Chinese police officer under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act for his role in the death by neglect of human rights activist Cao Shunli while she was in police custody. Gao Yan (read more…)

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German Intelligence accuses China of unlawful information gathering

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Originally published by Asian News International on December 12, 2017 Hong Kong, December 12 (ANI): China‘s leaders vehemently deny that they interfere in the internal politics of others or that they pursue hegemony – because they are not like others. However, that proclamation of innocence has been shown to be a bald-faced lie (read more…)

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CHINA Rights Activists Slam China’s Homegrown Take on Human Rights

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on December 8, 2017 An overseas-based rights group has hit out at Beijing’s attempts to “weaken” international human rights norms, as the ruling Chinese Communist Party held a conference promoting its home-grown view of human rights. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told the South-South Human (read more…)

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China, accused of abuses, hosts human rights forum

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Originally published by The Straits Times on December 7, 2017 BEIJING (AFP) – China touted its political and development model as it hosted an inaugural global human rights forum on Thursday (Dec 7), even as activists slammed the country’s own abuses. President Xi Jinping has overseen a sweeping crackdown on (read more…)

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Chinese Feminists Forced to Leave City Ahead of Fortune Global Forum

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on December 1, 2017 Three feminist activists in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong say they are leaving the provincial capital following a protracted campaign by authorities to force them out of their rented accommodation. Activists Zhang Leilei, Guo Jing and Xiong Zai, who have been living in Guangdong’s (read more…)

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Chinese Rights Activist ‘Still Not Free’ Following Release From Prison: Lawyer

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on December 1, 2017 Chinese rights activist Su Changlan, who once supported Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and campaigned for the land rights of rural women, has yet to regain her freedom, more than a month after her reported “release,” her lawyer said on Friday. Su’s (read more…)

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China’s Verdict Against Taiwanese Activist Sends Chilling Warning to Foreign NGO Workers

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Originally published by Voice of America on November 28, 2017 A court in China’s southern Hunan province has sentenced Taiwanese rights activist Lee Ming-che and his alleged Chinese national accomplice Peng Yuhua to five and seven years in prison respectively on charges of inciting state subversion. Lee is the first (read more…)

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Re-education camps make a comeback in China’s far-west

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Originally published by UCA News on October 24, 2017 In the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, so called political re-education camps have been proliferating in the lead up to the 19th Communist Party Congress. The Chinese government’s aim is to streamline ideology in an area it perceives to be troubled by (read more…)

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China Releases Women’s Rights Activist Who Supported Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on October 26, 2017 Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have released women’s rights activist Su Changlan, who once supported Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and campaigned for the land rights of rural women. “Su Changlan has been released, and she is here (read more…)

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“They Killed Him”: Denial of Medical Care in China and the Literary Conscience

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Originally published by Huffington Post on November 15, 2017 By James Tager Today marks the 36th annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer. On this day each year, PEN International and its centers around the world highlight and campaign on behalf of writers who face unjust imprisonment as a result of (read more…)

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Activists fear further repression in Xi Jinping’s ‘new era’

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Originally published by AFP on October 27, 2017 When President Xi Jinping was handed a second term at the helm of the Communist Party this week, he said China had entered a “new era”. But human rights activists expect the same old crackdowns. Xi has increasingly stifled civil society since (read more…)

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