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Activists and journalists in China face persecution during and after Winter Olympics

In recent months, activists have been detained and indicted for speaking up, while human rights groups report that thousands have been detained in a secret residential surveillance system - a legalised form of enforced disappearance. The censorship apparatus intensified before and during the Olympics, while journalists are facing trial on trumped up charges of subversion and spying. Read more

Activists and journalists in China face persecution during and after Winter Olympics

Human rights defenders and journalists arrested, prosecuted and tortured in China

In recent months there have been reports of activists and journalists being arrested under vague charges, detained, convicted and tortured or ill-treated. A journalist who reported on the pandemic is at risk of dying in detention while an LGBTQI+ activist group shut down due to ongoing repression. Read more

Human rights defenders and journalists arrested, prosecuted and  tortured in China

China tries to deflect global criticism as persecution of activists, Uyghurs and censorship persists

Human rights defenders have been arrested, prosecuted and sentenced. Some have been arbitrarily sentenced to long terms in prison. New reports highlight mass imprisonment, torture and persecution amounting to crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and the government’s crackdown on Tibetan monks. Dozens of accounts belonging to LGBTQ+ groups were deleted. Journalists were targeted, while dissidents were put under surveillance or forced to leave town ahead of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s centenary celebration and Tiananmen anniversary. A new law banning defamation of security forces was passed. Read more

China tries to deflect global criticism as persecution of activists, Uyghurs and censorship persists

Systematic persecution of activists, journalists and critics in mainland China and Hong Kong

The assault on civic space has continued in China into 2021. Over the last few months civil society has reported the harassment, arrest, prosecution, torture and even death in custody of human rights defenders and journalists in mainland China. Serious crimes continue to be reported against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, including an escalation of baseless prosecutions. In Hong Kong, the authorities have continued their persecution of pro-democracy activists with arrests and convictions for peaceful protests under the draconian national security law as well as targeting of journalists for their reporting.
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Systematic persecution of activists, journalists and critics in mainland China and Hong Kong

China continues Hong Kong crackdown, persecution of activists and journalists for their reporting

In recent months, the authorities have continued the crackdown on activists in Hong Kong with mass arrests of the opposition and activists, charging individuals under the draconian National Security Law and jailing pro-democracy activists, including Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam. The ‘Hong Kong 12’ youth activists were also convicted in an unfair trial. There has also been a lack of accountability for police violence during 2019 protests. On the mainland, activists and journalists have been arrested, while Zhang Zhan, a 37-year-old former lawyer and citizen journalist was sentenced to four years in jail for her reporting on Wuhan. Human rights groups reported that a big data program for policing in China’s Xinjiang region arbitrarily selects Turkic Muslims for possible detention
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China continues Hong Kong crackdown, persecution of activists and journalists for their reporting

China deploys security law against Hong Kong activists as persecution of critics and Uighurs persist

Since June 2020, the authorities have passed a draconian security law in Hong Kong that they have started to use to prosecute activists and critics. Twelve Hong Kong activists who attempted to flee Hong Kong were arrested in August 2020 and are being held incommunicado in mainland China. Critics of President Xi are being arrested and prosecuted while two Australian foreign correspondents have been forced to leave China. In September 2020, Hong Kong authorities arrested high profile activist Joshua Wong for taking part in protests while a new report said that China has built nearly 400 internment camps in the Xinjiang region. Read more

China deploys security law against Hong Kong activists as persecution of critics and Uighurs persist

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