Email fuels doubts over fate of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai

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By FRANCESCA REGALADO Originally published by Nikkei Asia on 18 November, 2021 TOKYO — The head of the global governing body for women’s tennis has raised fresh concerns about the well-being of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, after state media posted an email allegedly from the former Wimbledon doubles champion (read more…)

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#MeToo: Tennis chief has ‘hard time believing’ alleged email from China’s Peng Shuai, ‘only raises’ safety concerns

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Originally published by HONG KONG FREE PRESS on 18 November, 2021 Peng, a former Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, alleged on the Twitter-like Weibo earlier this month that former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli had “forced” her into sex during a long-term on-off relationship. The boss of women’s tennis has cast doubt on (read more…)

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Rights group casts doubt on Chinese state media claim that Peng Shuai isn’t ‘missing’

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By Han Qing and Fong Tak Ho Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie Originally published by Radio Free Asia on 18 November, 2021 The head of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) says he has tried repeatedly and failed to reach Peng. Recent assurances from Chinese state media that tennis star (read more…)

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Activists denounce China’s secret residential surveillance system

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Originally published by Aljazeera on 28 December, 2021  On September 24, Chinese authorities released Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig after detaining them for more than 1,000 days. The pair were not held in an ordinary prison but were instead placed in “Residential Surveillance at a Designated Location” (RSDL), conditions that have (read more…)

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China: COVID citizen journalist ‘close to death’ in jail

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Originally published by AFP on 5 November, 2021 Zhang Zhan traveled to Wuhan in February last year to report on the chaos at the epicenter of the first coronavirus outbreak. She is on hunger strike after receiving a 4-year jail sentence for “provoking trouble.” Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan, who (read more…)

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US retailers stop selling security cameras made by some Chinese companies

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Originally published by Engadget on 26 October, 2021 Home Depot and Best Buy have pulled the products of Chinese tech surveillance makers linked to human rights abuses from their shelves, according to TechCrunch. Both US retail giants have stopped selling products from Lorex and Ezviz, while Lowe’s no longer carries (read more…)

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‘I Have to Keep Going For my Son’: Jailed Activist’s Mother

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Originally published by RFA on 23 September, 2021 Chinese writer Gu Xiao fully expects her son, the veteran pro-democracy activist Guo Quan, who recently stood trial for “subversion,” to go to prison, but told RFA in a recent interview that she enjoyed watching him defend himself in court.A former ruling (read more…)

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China’s Crackdown On Human Rights Continue, Two Activists Goes Missing In Guangzhou

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Originally published by Northeast Today on 22 September, 2021 In another case of repression of freedom of expression in China a journalist and an activist have gone missing for two days from the southern provincial capital of Guangzhou. Their colleagues and friends are apprehensive that they have been detained by (read more…)

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Detained Chinese Rights Lawyer Tortured Again After Complaining About Torture

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on 21 September, 2021 Detained Chinese rights lawyer Chang Weiping, who is currently under investigation for “subversion of state power” after he attended a December 2019 gathering of dissidents in the southeastern city of Xiamen, has been tortured again, an overseas rights group said.Chang, who is (read more…)

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Hong Kong police invoke security law to censor online posts

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Originally published by Nikkei Asia on 16 September, 2021 HONG KONG — The organizers of Hong Kong’s annual commemoration of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown are deleting the contents of the group’s website and social media accounts under order of police. The move marks the first known instance of the (read more…)

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China’s Landmark #MeToo Court Case Dismissed For ‘Lack of Evidence’

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on 15 September, 2021 A Beijing court has ruled against the complainant in a landmark #MeToo sexual harassment case, saying there isn’t enough evidence to support Zhou Xiaoxuan’s claims against state broadcaster CCTV anchor Zhu Jun. The lawsuit brought by former CCTV intern Zhou (read more…)

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Tiananmen Vigil Organizers Denied Bail As Rights Groups, U.K. Slam Subversion Charges

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on 10 September, 2021 A court in Hong Kong on Friday denied bail to one of the organizers of a now-banned candlelight vigil for the victims of the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen massacre, amid an international outcry at subversion charges laid against three of its key members.Chow (read more…)

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