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China silences reporting on COVID-19, expands surveillance and arrests Hong Kong protest leaders

The Chinese Communist Party has continued to censor reporting about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and targeted journalists, doctors, activists, academics and critics in order to control the narrative. The coronavirus is also being used as a pretext for accelerating mass surveillance across the country. In Hong Kong, the authorities arrested 15 pro-democracy politicians and activists in April 2020, were accused of torture or ill-treatment of protesters and expelled US journalists. Human rights groups also reported on the use of an app to conduct mass surveillance by the Chinese government on Uighur and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang province. Read more

China silences reporting on COVID-19, expands surveillance and arrests Hong Kong protest leaders

NGOs highlight suppression around virus outbreak in China while persecution of activists continue

In response to the coronavirus outbreak in China, the authorities have attempted to restrict information by censoring articles and social media posts about the epidemic, punish netizens and harass and threaten human rights defenders sharing information. Over a dozen lawyers and activists have been arrested and detained over the new year. Hong Kong barred the head of Human Rights Watch from entering the country and have continued their repression of protests while leaked documented have revealed further the crackdown on the Uighurs. Read more

NGOs highlight suppression around virus outbreak in China while persecution of activists continue

Hong Kong protesters face arrests, excessive force and torture while journalists ill-treated

Over the last two months there have been continued reports of arbitrary arrests, brutal beatings and torture by the police, a ban on face masks and attacks on protest leaders and journalists. Further, protesters have been targeted by trolls on social media and Apple deleted a protest app. Read more

Hong Kong protesters face arrests, excessive force and torture while journalists ill-treated

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