China

Prominent Hong Kong activists arrested after weeks of police violence at protests

In the last two months, there have been continued reports of excessive and unlawful force against protesters with some being arbitrarily arrested, harassment and attacks against journalists, attacks against protesters by thugs and the continued failure to hold the perpetrators to account. In the last 24 hours, three prominent activists have been arrested. Read more

Prominent Hong Kong activists arrested after weeks of police violence at protests

Hong Kong protests met with excessive force as activists suppressed around Tiananmen anniversary

Since March 2019, activists in China have been arrested for their work and human rights lawyers banned from leaving the country while peaceful protesters have been detained by the authorities. In Hong Kong there has been mass protests against an extradition bill which has been met with excessive force by the police while surveillance was ramped up around the Tiananmen anniversary. Read more

Hong Kong protests met with excessive force as activists suppressed around Tiananmen anniversary

Persecution of activists continue while abuses against Uighurs remain in the spotlight

China has continued to arrest, prosecute and jail activists and lawyers. In one case, dozens of workers and students are being held for labour rights protests linked to the Jasic Technology factory in Shenzhen. Human rights groups have continued to raise concerns about abuses in Xinjiang against the Uighurs while a new report on human rights defenders in China says they continue to work under hostile conditions and face reprisals. Read more

Persecution of activists continue while abuses against Uighurs remain in the spotlight

Nine Hong Kong “Umbrella movement” activists facing trial while pro-independence party banned

Nine leaders of the 2014 Hong Kong pro-democracy protests have been charged with three vague and ambiguous offences, each facing a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment. On 19th November 2018, the nine leaders will stand . Read more

Nine Hong Kong “Umbrella movement” activists facing trial while pro-independence party banned

UN and rights group findings show systematic repression of Muslims from the Xinjiang Uighur region

Concerns about systematic repression of ethnic Uighur Muslims from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been raised by both a UN body and an international human rights watchdog over the last month. Read more

UN and rights group findings show systematic repression of Muslims from the Xinjiang Uighur region

Activists continue to face persecution as thousands mark Tiananmen anniversary in Hong Kong

Zhen Jianghua, the executive director of the Human Rights Campaign in China was formally charged in March 2018. Thousands of Hong Kong citizens held candles and paused for a moment's silence on 4th July 2018 to mark the suppression of pro-democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989. Read more

Activists continue to face persecution as thousands mark Tiananmen anniversary in Hong Kong

Tashi Wangchuk and other activists imprisoned as President Xi tightens grip on power

Activists were tried or convicted for their activism including Tibetan language education activist, Tashi Wangchuk. The families of four U.S.-based reporters for Radio Free Asia Uighur Service have been detained. There was a rare protest against the demolition of home of migrant communities in Beijing.
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Tashi Wangchuk and other activists imprisoned as President Xi tightens grip on power

Human rights lawyers bare the brunt of clampdown

On 25th October 2017, Chinese leader Xi Jinping was granted a second term as leader of the country's ruling communist party. Human rights watchdogs claim since Xi's ascension to leadership in 2012, Chinese authorities have increasingly stifled civil society by targeting activists, human rights lawyers, and bloggers. Since 2013, at least 42 lawyers have been subjected to violent attacks and countless others have been harassed and intimidated. Read more

Human rights lawyers bare the brunt of clampdown

China increases pressure on dissidents ahead of Communist Party Congress

Ahead of the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Congress on 14th October 2017, fears have continued to rise over an increased clampdown on civic freedoms. Read more

China increases pressure on dissidents ahead of Communist Party Congress

Tightening the screws on dissent: harassment, coercion and censorship

As featured in the CIVICUS Monitor's last update on China, proposals for a new security law drew condemnation from both national and international CSOs. On 28th June 2017, the Chinese National People’s Congress (NPC) passed the law into force. The passage of the law enlarges Chinese authorities' already expansive arsenal of legislation that can be utilised isolate, enfeeble and besiege independent civil society groups in China. Read more

Tightening the screws on dissent: harassment, coercion and censorship