Chinese Authorities Threaten COVID-19 Victims & Families Seeking Compensation

Chinese Authorities Threaten COVID-19 Victims & Families Seeking Compensation

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Chinese police intimidated and harassed potential plaintiffs in litigation against Wuhan and Hubei governments for failure to release vital information about the novel coronavirus in a timely manner, which resulted in deaths and damages.

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Retired Professor Arrested for Calling COVID-19 “CCP Virus”

Retired Professor Arrested for Calling COVID-19 “CCP Virus”

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Beijing police formally arrested retired professor Chen Zhaozhi on April 14 for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” over his online speech about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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China Detains Three Youths for Documenting Censored Information about COVID-19

China Detains Three Youths for Documenting Censored Information about COVID-19

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Three young volunteers of “Terminus2049” Github website documenting censored news and information about COVID-19, Chen Mei (陈玫), Cai Wei (蔡伟), and Cai’s girlfriend Xiao Tang (小唐) went missing on April 19, 2020 and later confirmed detained by Beijing police, according to their family, friends and employers.

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Reprisals against Human Rights & Democracy Activists During COVID-19, Mainland China, Hong Kong

Reprisals against Human Rights & Democracy Activists During COVID-19, Mainland China, Hong Kong

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Beijing Filmmaker Forcibly Disappeared on “Inciting Subversion” Likely for Making Documentary about Xu Zhiyong; Hubei Woman Arrested After Neighborhood Protest Against Price Hikes in Lockdown; Hong Kong Police Arrest 15 Democracy Leaders in Connection to 2019 Protests

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China Must End Discrimination against Hubei Residents and African Migrants in the Context of Containing Pandemic

China Must End Discrimination against Hubei Residents and African Migrants in the Context of Containing Pandemic

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The Chinese government must take effective steps to end discrimination against Hubei residents and African migrants. Discriminatory mistreatment violates Chinese law and international human rights law.

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“A Healthy Society Should Not Have Just One Voice” – China Must End Crackdown on Online Speech in Response to COVID-19

“A Healthy Society Should Not Have Just One Voice” – China Must End Crackdown on Online Speech in Response to COVID-19

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(Chinese Human Rights Defenders—April 1, 2020) The Chinese government must release detained citizen journalists and outspoken critics, and end the new crackdown on free expression online since the start of COVID-19 outbreak. Under the guise of fighting the novel coronavirus, authorities in China have escalated suppression online by blocking independent (read more…)

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Winners Named for the 2020 Cao Shunli Memorial Award for Human Rights Defenders

Winners Named for the 2020 Cao Shunli Memorial Award for Human Rights Defenders

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(Chinese Human Rights Defenders—March 13, 2020) Human rights defenders Zhang Jianping and Wang Heying win the sixth Cao Shunli Memorial Award for Human Rights Defenders. The decision to give this year’s award to both Mr. Zhang and Ms. Wang recognizes their long-standing grassroots activism to promote protection of human rights (read more…)

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Defending Human Rights in the Era of Dystopia: The Situation of Defenders in China (2019)

Defending Human Rights in the Era of Dystopia: The Situation of Defenders in China (2019)

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In 2019, human rights defenders in China and its peripheral regions braved cruel punishment in challenging the Chinese government’s human rights abuses and draconian laws. They refused to back down from the rising totalitarian rule of President Xi Jinping.

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China: Protect Human Rights While Combatting Coronavirus Outbreak

China: Protect Human Rights While Combatting Coronavirus Outbreak

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(Chinese Human Rights Defenders—January 31, 2020) The Chinese government must respect human rights in its response to the 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak, including lifting censorship, ceasing police intimidation and arbitrary detention, easing indiscriminate restrictions on movement, and countering social discrimination against Wuhan and Hubei Province residents. Human rights must not be (read more…)

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China: Release Human Rights Lawyer Chang Weiping & End the Current Round of Arrests

China: Release Human Rights Lawyer Chang Weiping & End the Current Round of Arrests

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(Chinese Human Rights Defenders—January 15, 2020) In an indication of escalation of the December rounding-up of lawyers and activists, Chinese police detained human rights lawyer Chang Weiping in Shaanxi Province. Police told Chang’s family that he was put under residential surveillance in an unknown location on suspicion of “endangering national (read more…)

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Urgent Action: China Must Release Activists/Lawyers Detained for Peaceful Assembly

Urgent Action: China Must Release Activists/Lawyers Detained for Peaceful Assembly

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In the last few days of 2019, Chinese police detained and summoned for questioning a dozen activists and lawyers in Fujian, Shandong, Beijing, Hebei, Sichuan, and Zhejiang. The raids appear to target individuals who attended a small, private gathering in Fujian on December 13. A similar gathering took place one (read more…)

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Condemn Systematic Violations of Fundamental Freedoms in Hong Kong & Police Violence

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Condemn Systematic Violations of Fundamental Freedoms in Hong Kong & Police Violence

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22 NGOs jointly call on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to publicly denounce the systematic violations of fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong

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