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    In Pictures: Tiananmen crackdown commemorations foiled by large Hong Kong police deployment

    Several people attempting to mark the 1989 crackdown in Beijing were taken away by police, whilst foreign missions made gestures to remember the dead. The police deployment comes after eight people were arrested over social media posts.  


Closing Off Memory of Tiananmen Massacre

35 Years On, Commemorators Imprisoned, Victims’ Families Denied Redress

'We'll never forget,' Tiananmen massacre families write to Xi Jinping

Younger people involved in the 'white paper' movement say they are seeking change despite official silence.




From a 68-year-old former opposition lawmaker to a 27-year-old student activist, some of Hong Kong’s best-known pro-democracy campaigners await a verdict on subversion charges this week.




Hong Kong police arrest six people under new security law

Chow Hang-tung, a prominent barrister, among those held over social media posts before Tiananmen Square anniversary


Taipei art exhibition commemorates Tiananmen events

An art exhibition in Taipei commemorates the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protesters almost 35 years ago, who were subjected to a violent crackdown by Chinese authorities, with an annual candlelight vigil scheduled for June 4, organizers said on Thursday.

China launches ‘punishment’ drills around Taiwan after inauguration of new president

Taiwan’s military says its forces are on alert and is confident it can protect the island as China’s state media report mock airstrikes with jets carrying live missiles


Chinese journalist Zhang Zhan released after 4 years’ jail over coverage of Covid-19

Zhang Zhan was detained in May 2020 and sentenced seven months later to four years in jail for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” — a charge routinely used to suppress dissent.  






Lai Ching-te’s inauguration speech has been panned by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, which labelled the new president a “dangerous separatist”.





Citizen journalist Zhang Zhan’s search for the truth during the early days of the pandemic was seen as a threat by the authorities






My poems were written in anger after Tiananmen Square. But what motivates most prison writing is a fear of forgetting. Today I am free, but the regime has never stopped its war on words






(...)  The renaming initiative encompasses 11 residential areas, 12 mountains, four rivers, one lake, one mountain pass, and a parcel of land. The names are provided in Chinese characters, Tibetan, and pinyin, the Roman alphabet version of Mandarin Chinese




News service says it closed bureau after passing of new national security law known as Article 23





The video garnered angry comments, and some supportive ones, before being deleted.






Critics say national security law cracking down on offences such as espionage will further erode civil liberties






China is reportedly proceeding with construction of border villages in the disputed territory with Bhutan, despite ongoing border talks between the two countries. 






The measure aims to further replace Uyghur culture with that of Han Chinese, experts say.






Hong Kong's top court on Thursday restored a prominent detained activist's conviction over a banned vigil commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, marking the latest setback for the city's democracy supporters.






Qi Zhiyong, a man who was mutilated by the wounds suffered on 4 June 1989 in the repression in Tiananmen Square, has died from illness in a Beijing hospital and who - despite the repeated intimidation received from the communist authorities -  never stopped talking about the cause of the wounds on his body.






The fate of Taiwan is in the hands of liberal democracies. The situation surrounding Taiwan, if ignored, would allow China to consume them and Taiwan would cease to be a democracy. So, when is it time for liberal democracies to stand up collectively and denounce China’s provocative actions and rhetoric toward Taiwan?





Taiwan elects Lai Ching-te, who rejects China’s territorial claim, as president

Lai’s Democratic Progressive party wins unprecedented third term



Man jailed for 3 months over wearing ‘seditious’ shirt with protest slogan at Hong Kong airport

Chu Kai-poon, 26, was arrested near an airport boarding gate last November. He was wearing a t-shirt with the 2019 protest slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.”





‘I already miss Hong Kong’: Democracy activist Tony Chung flees to the UK

The 22-year-old says his probation conditions meant he was under surveillance and could not work


Wives of Detained Chinese Dissidents Continue Advocacy from Abroad

Christmas hasn’t been an easy time for Luo Shengchun. Instead of celebrating the holiday season with family in China, the wife of prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi has spent the last four years advocating for her detained husband and other Chinese dissidents.

 

Hong Kong Court Rejects Activist Publisher Bid to Throw Out Sedition Charge

A Hong Kong court on Friday rejected a bid by prominent activist publisher Jimmy Lai to throw out a sedition charge against him, delivering the ruling on the third day of his landmark national security trial.






(...) In Xinjiang, the Chinese government’s crimes against humanity against Uyghur and other Turkic Muslims have included mass arbitrary detention, torture, enforced disappearances, mass surveillance, cultural and religious persecution, separation of families, forced labor, sexual violence, and violations of reproductive rights. In Tibet, the authorities continue to repress and forcibly assimilate Tibetans. In Hong Kong, the Chinese government has erased the city’s liberties and freedoms after imposing a draconian National Security Law on the city


Demonstrators protesting the Chinese president and the Chinese Communist Party say they were harassed and assaulted by pro-Beijing groups, and one on Wednesday urged local police to take action. (Nov. 29)



Uyghur Poet's Memoir on China's Abuses Earns Recognition 

Tahir Hamut Izgil witnessed firsthand, China’s repressive treatment of the Uyghur ethnic minority group and experienced how society changed over time in Xinjiang, an autonomous region in northwest China



APEC: Press China’s Xi on Human Rights

(...)  “The Chinese government is not going to change its conduct unless it faces sustained public pressure about its horrendous crimes in Xinjiang and Tibet, intensifying repression across China, and the dismantling of democracy in Hong Kong,” said Elaine Pearson, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.





Li Keqiang, former premier of China, dies aged 68

Li served as China’s number two leader for 10 years before being sidelined by Xi Jinping

Taking away tongues

Chinese government efforts to Sinicize ethnic minorities in Inner Mongolia, Tibet and Xinjiang increasingly means the elimination of classroom instruction in native languages.


China passes 'patriotic education' law to reinforce party line

An AI firm will suspend sales of a study assistance device after it generated an essay critical of Mao.


China: UN Chief Should Denounce Crimes against Humanity

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres should press Chinese President Xi Jinping to end Chinese authorities’ crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other serious rights abuses in China during his upcoming visit, Human Rights Watch said today.


‘Tight hugs, teary screams’: Cheng Lei releases first statement after release from detention in China

The Australian journalist was freed and is back home in Melbourne after being detained in August 2020 over national security-related accusations




Xi Jinping’s new law on religion is nothing but ‘Communistisation’ of religion 

In order to prevent Chinese President Xi Jinping from enforcing a new law that aims to eradicate all religions like Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam in China, a group of prominent worldwide specialists on China called attention to the issue


Prominent Chinese Activist Seriously Ill in Prison

The prominent Chinese lawyer and writer Yang Maodong, better known as Guo Feixiong, is in a “critical state of health” five months into his eight-year prison term on baseless charges of  “incitement to subvert state power.






Female human rights activists from Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong together have called China the worst human rights violator at UN Human Rights Council.




Taiwanese businessman jailed over 'Go Hong Kong!' protest slogan

Lee Meng-chu believes he was targeted to support the idea that foreign forces were behind protests.


China is pressing countries to boycott a British-organised event at the United Nations in Geneva on media freedom in Hong Kong with the son of a jailed media tycoon, a letter showed and four diplomats confirmed on Tuesday.




China sentences Uyghur scholar to life in jail

A prominent Uyghur academic has been reportedly jailed for life by China for "endangering state security".




Chinese dissident who held Tiananmen Square vigils flees to Taiwan

Chen Siming posts video from Taoyuan airport saying he is seeking asylum from political persecution


The Anatomy of One China in the One China Policy

The Foundation for Non-Violent Alternatives (FNVA) held a conference titled “The Weaponization of the One China Policy” in Delhi on the 1st and 2nd of August, 2023, one that placed focus on the importance of China not just for States, but also for non-state stakeholders such as Tibet, Taiwan, Xinjiang, South China Sea and Hong Kong.



China bars three female Indian athletes from Asian Games

The trio are from the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, a region claimed almost in full by Beijing as ‘South Tibet’.

Li Shangfu: speculation grows over fate of China’s missing defence minister

Li Shangfu, who has not been seen for nearly three weeks, is under house arrest, claims US ambassador to Japan


Hong Kong judge rejects government request to ban pro-democracy anthem

A Hong Kong court on Friday declined the government’s request to ban the popular protest anthem “Glory to Hong Kong,” in a surprise decision that will come as a relief to global tech companies including Apple, Google and Meta, which would have had to censor it — and to many citizens in the city.


Chinese Foreign Minister not missing, only manoeuvred to be sacked


Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang, whose absence from public view for weeks, fuelling many speculations recently, is sacked yesterday, raising more questions than it answers.

 

Remembering Chinese Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo

Six Years Since Liu’s Death, Activists Challenge Beijing’s Repression



8 Years Since Crackdown, Persecution Persists for Rights Lawyers in China

 It has been eight years since China launched a sweeping crackdown on more than 300 lawyers and human rights defenders on July 9, 2015. For some, the persecution that began with the “709 Crackdown” persists to this day.


New Tiananmen Museum Opens in New York Ahead of June 4 Anniversary

The hope for a "free China" lives on in a new Manhattan museum dedicated to China's 1989 suppression of pro-democracy demonstrations around Tiananmen Square, exhibit organizers said on Thursday ahead of the 34th anniversary of the crackdown.




Tiananmen Square Fast Facts

Here is some information about the events in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 3-4, 1989.



Tiananmen Square books removed from Hong Kong libraries in run-up to anniversary

Publications targeted include those about protest and subjects Beijing deems politically sensitive



Chinese activist sentenced to eight years on subversion charges

Yang Maodong called it a ‘score-settling’ punishment for his two decades of rights advocacy




Reporters Without Borders  released its 2023 World Press Freedom Index on Wednesday, which stated that, "China is the world’s largest jailer of journalists, with more than 100 currently detained, and its regime conducts a campaign of repression against journalism and the right to information worldwide and is one of the biggest exporters of propaganda content.



Joshua Wong Sentenced in Another Hong Kong Activism Case

 Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was sentenced Monday to three months in prison for breaching court bans on disclosing personal information about a police officer who injured a protester during 2019 anti-government protests.



China jails human rights activists for years over private gathering

(...) The Linshu People’s Court found Xu Zhiyong, 50, a well-known public intellectual and civil rights activist, guilty of “subversion” and sentenced him 14 years in jail. Ding Jiaxi, 55, Xu’s fellow advocate, received 12 years on the same charges, according to Luo Shengchun, Ding’s wife.


(...) In a statement, the Chinese military said the combat readiness patrols and “Joint Sword” exercises around Taiwan had begun as planned, adding it was a “serious warning to the Taiwan independence separatist forces’ and external forces’ collusion and provocation.”



China renames 11 places in Arunachal Pradesh, calls it ‘southern Tibet’

In its renewed attempt to assert its claim over Arunachal Pradesh, China has renamed 11 places in the Indian state, calling it 'southern Tibet'.



Prominent Hong Kong Democracy Activist Arrested


 A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist was arrested Tuesday just months after he was released from prison for violating the city’s draconian national security law.


Hong Kong court jails Tiananmen anniversary vigil organisers

Prosecutors said Chow Hang-Tung, Tang Ngok-kwan and Tsui Hon-kwong were under foreign influence but refused to say who it was



Xi Jinping handed unprecedented third term as China’s president

Coronation sets up Xi, who has overseen consolidation of power, to become modern China’s longest-serving head of state



3 from Tiananmen Vigil Group Convicted of Security Charge

 Three former members of a disbanded Hong Kong group that had for 30 years organized annual vigils to commemorate China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown were convicted Saturday of failing to comply with a national security police investigation.




Testimony to U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Hearing

Chairman Turkel, Vice Chairman Cooper, and Honorable Commissioners, thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today. I will discuss some recent developments in China, Human Rights Watch research on Chinese government repression of religion, and the authorities’ deployment of technology to suppress religious freedom inside and outside the country.




Disney bows to China, cuts Simpson episode with references to ‘forced labour camps’ from Hong Kong     

American multinational, mass media and entertainment conglomerate, Walt Disney Company has cut an entire episode from the Simpsons as it bows to China again.



Hong Kong: landmark national security trial of 47 democracy advocates begins

Protests as former politicians, activists, campaigners and community workers appear in court accused of ‘conspiracy to commit subversion’


 China plans to use water as a weapon

China is constructing a massive dam on the Mabuja Zambo River, just a few kilometers north of the India-Nepal border in order to use it as a weapon of war, reported The Geneva Daily.


A Hong Kong court on Saturday sentenced jailed media mogul Jimmy Lai to five years and nine months in prison for fraud, in the latest legal challenge against the pro-democracy tycoon.  

    

China moves to ease ‘zero covid’ but tightens vise on protesters

China offered the clearest sign so far that it might end its three-year pursuit of “zero covid,” with major cities loosening some control measures even as cases continued to climb




China: Video shows BBC journalist's arrest during Covid protest

Video shared on social media shows the moment BBC journalist Edward Lawrence was arrested by Chinese authorities while covering an anti-lockdown protest in Shanghai



Taiwan votes in local elections billed as message for China and the world

Polls opened in Taiwan on Saturday in local elections that President Tsai Ing-wen has framed as being about sending a message to the world about the island’s determination to defend its democracy in the face of China’s rising bellicosity


       A 90-year-old former bishop and outspoken critic of China’s ruling Communist Party was found guilty Friday on a charge relating to his role in a relief fund for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests in 2019.   

 

Hong Kong criticises rugby tournament after protest song is played instead of Chinese anthem

Glory to Hong Kong, linked to 2019 protest movement, played in South Korean stadium at start of rugby sevens game


Hong Kong jails woman for insulting China’s national anthem during Olympic celebration 

A woman who waved a British colonial-era flag to celebrate Hong Kong claiming Olympic gold has become the first person in the city to be jailed on a charge of insulting the Chinese national anthem. 


 

Uyghur doctor jailed for treating a ‘terrorist’ dies after release from prison

Another detained Uyghur also dies shortly after his release from jail.



Many of “service centers” work with Chinese law enforcement to run operations on foreign soil, rights group found

Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates Cuba and Venezuela were among a total of 19 countries that voted against the motion to discuss the report




Peng Lifa's banner protest calling on Xi Jinping to step down has been erased from Chinese social media platforms.

Hong Kongers who clapped, criticised judge in court guilty of sedition

Two Hong Kongers were found guilty on a sedition charge on Thursday after they clapped and criticised the judge during a previous trial over a banned Tiananmen Square vigil in the city.


China accused of illegal police stations in the Netherlands


Dutch media found evidence that the "overseas service stations", which promise to provide diplomatic services, are being used to try to silence Chinese dissidents in Europe.

Police have mounted 'stability maintenance' operations on an unprecedented scale during the recent party congress.


Former Chinese president Hu Jintao unexpectedly led out of party congress

A frail-looking Hu seemed reluctant to leave the front row in Beijing’s Great Hall, with no explanation given for his departure





   Expressing solidarity with the Chinese protester who was whisked away by the Chinese authorities in a rare protest against Chinese President Xi Jinping and his policies in Beijing last week, activists have hung a banner at Westminster Bridge identical to the one hung from a bridge in Beijing by the protester known as ‘Bridge Man’.  




The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using social media influencers from troubled regions like Xinjiang, Tibet and Inner Mongolia to whitewash human rights abuses through an increasingly sophisticated propaganda campaign, a report has claimed.



China 'gutted' press freedom in Hong Kong, sparking exodus of journalists

A press freedom group calls on governments to criticize Beijing over the evisceration of independent journalism.

China's 'Bridge Man' inspires Xi Jinping protest signs around the world


A rare one-man protest against Xi Jinping in Beijing has inspired solidarity protests around the world as China's party congress sits this week.





Gu Guoping's detention comes as the CCP's propaganda and censorship machine erases all sign of the protest.



Taiwan continues to reject reunification as China’s leader makes it a priority

Taiwan has responded to Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s remarks at the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), reiterating that Taiwanese people reject the policy of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ pursued by China.



China will never renounce right to use force over Taiwan, Xi Jinping says

Tensions rose dramatically in August after China staged war games near Taiwan following the visit to Taipei of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Those military activities have continued though at a reduced pace.





Chinese President Xi Jinping on told the 20th Communist party Congress that the country has gained full control over Hong Kong and turned it from chaos to governance, according to Reuters news agency.




Chinese authorities have stepped up surveillance and harassment of government critics as part of a crackdown on dissent ahead of the Communist party’s upcoming 20th congress, its key political gathering.




Protesters held up a banner saying “Depose the Traitorous Dictator Xi Jinping.”



The move will do little to change an ongoing crackdown on the city's freedoms that intensified under Xi Jinping.



WeChat users say they are finding it hard to chat normally, with posts made invisible or rapidly disappearing.



China managed to convince enough states to narrowly defeat a motion to hold a debate on Xinjiang – the least intrusive form of scrutiny that the council could seek




State Report on the Implementation of the Convention Against Torture




Chinese President Xi Jinping is aiming to seize control over the internet to curb dissent, which could possibly threaten the Chinese Communist Party's regime.


Taiwanese groups say the island's rights and freedoms are its best defense against the threat from China.


Hong Kong pro-democracy figure Ted Hui sentenced to jail over 2019 protests

Former legislator, who fled to Australia last year, said earlier that any sentence would not harm his reputation or lobbying work




Press freedom in Hong Kong has declined for yet another year, with most local outlets now hesitant to criticize the Chinese government, according to a recent survey by the city's journalists.





Dong Jianbiao's body is cremated the day after relatives report seeing it covered from head to toe in bruises.


Soon-to-be-released Chinese rights lawyer could face months of further restrictions

Zhou Shifeng, who once headed the now-shuttered Fengrui law firm in Beijing, will be released in late September.



The message is sent to users overseas, despite claims that a separate, 'international' version of the app exists.

Hong Kong journalist union chair arrested weeks before Oxford fellowship

Ronson Chan was preparing for stint in UK before being arrested for allegedly obstructing a police officer


Hong Kong therapists convicted of sedition over children’s books

Books depicted sheep fleeing from invading wolves, which judge found aimed to incite hatred against China




China has committed “serious human rights violations” against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province which may amount to crimes against humanity, the outgoing UN human rights commissioner has said in a long-awaited and damning report.


Taiwan, officially the Republic of China, is a country in east Asia at the junction of the East and South China Seas in the north-western Pacific Ocean, with the People’s Republic of China to the northwest, Japan to the northeast, and the Philippines to the south.




The proceedings came amid a sweeping campaign against those speaking out against demands for absolute loyalty to China's ruling Communist Party




There is much talk from Beijing about how the island has been part of China since time immemorial. The reality is more complicated




Doctors and hospitals collude with police to incarcerate activists for non-existent 'mental illness'

China-Taiwan tensions Pelosi’s visit peaceful, but Beijing launched 11 ballistic missiles, says Blinken

China-Taiwan tensions Live Updates: The live-fire drills, the largest ever conducted by China in the Taiwan Strait, are scheduled to continue until noon on Sunday.

China arrests Taiwanese man for 'separatism' as Pelosi departs democratic island

(...) Yang Chih-yuen was arrested by state security police in Zhejiang's Wenzhou city, state broadcaster CCTV cited a police statement as saying, accusing Yang of having founded the pro-independence Taiwan National Party, with the aim of "promoting Taiwan to join the United Nations as a sovereign and independent country."

China wary of Indian influence in Nepal

CHINA has stepped up its activities in Nepal in recent years. Unlike in the past when security and Nepal's 25,000-strong Tibetan community were Beijing’s primary concerns, today it gets involved in Nepal's internal affairs, too


The course content has yet to be made public, amid concerns over academic freedom under a crackdown on dissent.


Chinese pressure on UN rights chief prompts US call for release of Xinjiang report

The U.S. called on the United Nations human rights chief on Wednesday release a report on conditions in Xinjiang “without delay,” after a report that China was working behind the scenes at the UN to bury the long-delayed document.

Uyghurs in exile mark anniversary of deadly 2009 Urumqi unrest

Protestors call on governments to pressure China to end its persecution of Uyghurs and other ethnic Muslims.



The group are accused of trying to ‘incite hatred’ with books depicting Hong Kong residents as sheep and mainland Chinese as wolves

The four men, representing the Free Tibet human rights organisation, claim they were stopped while walking around the All England Club




Chinese fans clash with rights protesters at basketball game in Australia

Activist Max Mok alleges he was roughed up as he shouted support for Xinjiang and Hong Kong.



Promises that the city would remain unchanged for 50 years and progress towards democracy are in tatters.



A New York Times analysis of over 100,000 government bidding documents
 found that China’s  ambition to collect digital and biological data from 
its citizens is more expansive and invasive than previously known.


Hong Kong: five arrested for sedition ahead of 25th anniversary of British handover

City authorities on high alert amid preparations for 1 July and possible visit by China president Xi Jinping



The trial comes amid allegations that Xu and rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi were tortured while in detention.


Taiwan has scored a rare diplomatic victory against China after the island saw its request to remove a reference to China for Taiwanese fans at the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar.



Press crackdown continues as Japanese, US and Taiwanese reporters blocked from 1 July event, which is also 25th anniversary of British handover


The investigation into charges of 'endangering state security' is still ongoing, despite calls for her release.


Fury at UN human rights chief over ‘whitewash’ of Uyghur repression


Open letter signed by academics in wake of Michelle Bachelet’s China visit demands release of UN report on human rights abuses


Tank cake on eve of Tiananmen anniversary sparks shutdown of influencer's livestream

Austin Li hasn't been back on social media since the tank-shaped ice cream made an appearance on his show.



Several people have been arrested in Hong Kong, reports say, as authorities seek to restrict public commemoration of the Tiananmen Square massacre.



Protest held outside Chinese embassy in Tokyo on anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre


(...) Japanese citizens, Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongolians and others joined their Hong Kong friends in large numbers to take a stand outside the Chinese embassy in Tokyo, and in other places across Japan.



China rounds up dissidents, activists ahead of Tiananmen massacre anniversary

Authorities in China have ordered dozens of pro-democracy activists and dissidents into house arrest or other forms of restriction ahead of the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre on June 4.

The World Has Not Learnt the Lessons of the Tiananmen Square Massacre
(...) It’s time for the world to recognize, after 33 years, that the Chinese government cannot be appeased. While we keep on this path, more communities will be forced into exile, more ethnic groups destroyed, more international laws broken, until, with a united voice, democratic nations say enough is enough


The Guardian view on Hong Kong’s freedoms: gone, but not forgotten

China has silenced dissent in the city, but exiles are finding ways to keep its spirit alive

China tightens grip on activists, dissidents ahead of Tiananmen massacre anniversary

As the 33rd anniversary of the bloodshed approaches, those in Hunan also remember Li Wangyang's suspicious death.


State police pressure relatives of Uyghurs in exile to ensure they don't talk about abuses in Xinjiang.

UN rights chief holds meeting with Xi Jinping on her China trip


The UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday spoke to Chinese premier Xi Jinping via video link amid rising criticism of her visit for fear of whitewashing human rights abuses committed by China.






Hong Kong unlikely to see Tiananmen vigil, as Taiwan plans major June 4 event instead

Activist says the onus is now on Taiwan to honor the Tiananmen dead and remember their own struggle for democracy.

U.N. human-rights chief kicks off high-stakes visit to China, Beijing cites COVID in limiting access

(...) This means that Bachelet will not be able to have free and spontaneous in-person meetings with anyone who has not been pre-arranged by China to be brought inside the "bubble".



China's silenced feminist: How Sophia Huang Xueqin went missing

Eye investigates the disappearance of Sophia Huang Xueqin, a high-profile feminist journalist who kick-started China’s #MeToo movement.




Educator Dilmurat Awut was arrested for not teaching classes in Mandarin.

Uyghurs in exile use art to combat China’s cultural genocide back home

A musician, singer and a painter try to tell the story of Uyghurs’ rich past as they inspire a new generation.


They also issue notices for locals not to take phone calls from international numbers.




A foreign ministry spokesman hits out at 'irresponsible' comments from Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.


Chinese border police 'clipping' passports of citizens as they arrive back home

Arriving passengers are questioned about their overseas activities, as the government warns people not to leave.

Beijing hails result as only candidate to succeed Carrie Lam wins 99% of vote in secret ballot




“China one of the world’s most repressive autocratic regimes, uses its legislative arsenal to confine its population and cut it off from the rest of the world, especially the population of Hong Kong , which has plummeted in the Index,” said Reporters Without Borders.


How China's Confucius Institutes Become Extension Of Chinese State On Campuses Worldwide

Chinese Communist Party's Politburo member Li Changchun said these institutes are an 'important part of China’s overseas propaganda set-up'.


Authorities took other educators form the school to ‘re-education centers,’ but they later were released.




Engineers working to set up the station said the meteorological system is of great significance for monitoring melting glaciers and mountain snow at high altitudes.



Tian Qizhuang falls silent after responding to a nationwide call for opinions ahead of the party congress.

 Five jailed Hong Kong pro-democracy activists have been nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize by 15 academics from 10 countries.  


Hong Kong authorities continue to punish dissenting voices

According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Hong Kong authorities are determined to eradicate press freedom



Chinese  police order residents to hand over passports 'until after the pandemic'

The order will likely be rolled out nationwide amid a surge in interest in overseas residency cards and passports.



Hong Kong says voters only have one option in 'elections' for city's next leader

Former security chief John Lee is anointed, not just as Beijing's preferred candidate, but as the only candidate.



Banned Hong Kong statues to find new refuge in democratic Taiwan: rights activists


A statue of late dissident Liu Xiaobo and the Pillar of Shame massacre memorial could soon be on display again.



Student societies have long played an important role in Hong Kong activism. Now they are dying out amid the wider crackdown on dissent.



Families of Tiananmen massacre victims await justice amid China suppression

The victims of the massacre still await justice after over two decades of the tragic incident



Hong Kong police arrest senior journalist, radio host on colonial 'sedition' charge


The move comes as Beijing's anointed candidate and former security chief launches his bid for the city's top job.




The possible visit has not been confirmed by Pelosi's office or Taiwan's government


Watching a film about communism, I realised I had been lied to as a child in China

I was taught that Mao and Lenin’s followers were always the heroes of history. This movie showed me you could view them with fear and hatred





Rights groups say Sophia Huang and Wang Jianbing will likely stand trial for 'incitement to subvert state power.'



With aims to push rail connectivity to border areas, China is pursuing the Nepal-China Railway project to fulfil its strategic interests



Chinese officials restrict the number of Uyghurs who can observe Ramadan

China’s quota for those who can fast is ‘pathetic and tragic,’ says a Uyghur rights advocate





A public opinion survey finds that public satisfaction with press freedom has plummeted since media closures.



Ai Weiwei on the new Silk Road: ‘This is China’s counterattack in a global game of chess’

(...) This, however, is not to say that China is necessarily bringing real benefits to the developing world. The belt and road initiative, launched to benefit China, is tinted with colonialism.




Hong Kong security police threaten London-based rights group, order website takedown

The UK calls the move an unjustifiable attempt to silence those speaking out for human rights in the city.


UN Human Rights Chief announces visit to China but remains silent on long-awaited report

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights announced she would make a visit to China but remained muted on the release of the long-awaited report on China’s gross violations of human rights in Uyghur muslim region



Uyghur university lecturer serving 10-year sentence in Xinjiang for translations


Nurmemet Omer Uchqun was arrested on charges of separatism and promoting Western culture.


Hundreds of Uyghurs said to be detained in camp in Xinjiang’s Manas county

Most were incarcerated for ‘serious crimes’ like praying, an official who worked there says.


One year after mass jailings, Hong Kong remembers the 47

Exiled figures the people jailed by police stations on 'subversion' charges should always be remembered.


UN head reiterates call for China to allow ‘credible’ Xinjiang visit

Prominent rights attorney Xie Yang arrested for subversion in China's Hunan



Prominent rights attorney Xie Yang arrested for subversion in China's Hunan

Xie is held on suspicion of 'subversion' after supporting an outspoken teacher and poking fun at China's leader.



The plan to divert the waters of Brahmaputra would affect over 140 million people who are dependent on the river.






Uyghur high school principal sentenced to 18 years in prison


Sherep Heyit was detained by Chinese authorities in Korla about four years ago, but his sentence was not known.



UK-based Hong Kong Watch says outage could be part of wider Beijing crackdown




History of Tibetan holy mountain casts doubt on Chinese claims on India’s Arunachal Pradesh

India’s deep civilizational ties to area shows double standards in Chinese interpretation of history





As the Olympics heat up, China clamps down on dissent

(...)"They said Winter Olympics is a very important political event and no 'disharmonious voice' will be allowed -- like any criticism of the Winter Olympics, or any talk related to human rights," said Hu, who spoke to CNN during what he describes as a weeks-long restriction to his home


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Chinese Schools: More Control by the Communist Party


A new document clarifies that the school’s CCP cell should take all important decisions, and make sure students are “educated for the Party”






Tennis player Peng Shuai denies accusing Chinese official of sexual assault


Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai said concern over her well-being is based on an enormous misunderstanding and she denied having accused a Chinese official of sexual assault







Veteran Hong Kong activist arrested after planning protest during Olympics opening


Koo Sze Yiu, 75, is arrested for subversion under a draconian security law banning criticism of the government.







Xi Jinping to launch Beijing Winter Olympics with Putin, Imran Khan


Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to launch the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 in a grand ceremony on Friday along with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.






Hong Kong immigration officials deny visa to human rights law lecturer


Ryan Thoreson says he wasn't given a reason for the decision, which comes amid a crackdown on free speech.





Hong Kong's laid-off journalists see a dark, uncertain road ahead


An ongoing crackdown on pro-democracy media outlets has left many fumbling for a future.






Beijing 2022 Is the Death Knell of the Olympic Charter


If genocide is no longer a red line, then what good is the Olympic Charter’s commitment to “the preservation of human dignity”?





‘This is not justice’: Chinese activists held for two years await trial


Ding Jiaxi and Xu Zhiyong expected to be charged with involvement in a covert meeting in late 2019





China gears up for Winter Olympics amid warning over declining press freedom


Families are told to limit the size of Lunar New Year gatherings, while petitioners are placed under house arrest.