The predominantly Muslim Uighur ethnic group are among the minorities targeted in what Beijing claims is a campaign to tackle unrest and separatism. The UN says a million Uighurs have been arbitrarily detained in extralegal “political reeducation camps,” whilst Human Rights Watch reports that surveillance and repression in Xinjiang has increased dramatically since 2016.
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by Agnès Pedrero More than 40 countries led by Canada voiced grave concerns at the UN Human Rights Council Tuesday about China’s actions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet — triggering a fierce backlash from Beijing. The widely anticipated joint statement had been in the pipeline for several days and was delivered on day two […]
Beijing on Tuesday accused NATO of exaggerating the threat from China and “creating confrontation”, after a vow from the Western allies to work together to counter the “systemic challenges” posed by its policies. NATO leaders made the commitment on Monday, as US President Joe Biden renewed Washington’s transatlantic ties at his first summit with the […]
Interview: Hong Kong is ‘a city lost to an enemy of the free world,’ says exiled Chinese dissident Wu’er Kaixi
Almost 32 years on from the Tiananmen Massacre that saw the Chinese military quash a student-led democratic movement in mainland China, there are fears authorities are moving to erase the memory of the crackdown in Hong Kong. Those fears – the latest to emerge from the tumult of the past two years – come as […]
Interview: Historian Jeffrey Wasserstrom says world must keep paying attention to Hong Kong despite pandemic distractions
When historian Jeffrey Wasserstrom was contemplating Hong Kong’s future as he wrote his book on last year’s protests, he never imagined that freedoms would come under attack so soon after Beijing’s national security law was passed. “I’d say this was the picture that I feared,” he told HKFP, “but it’s happened faster than anybody expected, […]