Washington accuses 5 Chinese agents of spying and intimidating U.S. residents

Human Rights 03/18/22, 00:39

US federal prosecutors on Wednesday, March 16, accused Chinese government agents of trying to spy on and intimidate dissidents living in the US, including a congressional candidate. The Justice Department said the three criminal prosecutions amounted to "transnational repression" by an authoritarian government, with one dissident being assaulted. According to Reuters, Assistant ...

​​College in Jilin transfers nearly 7,000 teachers and students to quarantine

Human Rights 03/14/22, 01:29

Recently, the COVID-19 outbreak in Jilin Agricultural Science and Technology College (吉林农业科技学院) in Jilin City has aroused social concern. As of Friday morning, March 11, 6,556 students and 85 teachers were transported from Jilin Agricultural Science and Technology College to different cities in Jilin province to quarantine. According to a report in ...

UN human rights chief to visit Xinjiang in May

Human Rights 03/10/22, 00:50

According to Reuters, the UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet's visit to China in May will include a stop in Xinjiang 新疆 region, where human rights abuses have been reported against the Uyghur population. In a video address to the UN's Human Rights Council, Bachelet said, "I am pleased to announce ...

The Chinese regime’s army and the mythical seven-headed beast

Human Rights 03/05/22, 19:03

The People's Liberation Army (PLA), under the orders of the Chinese communist regime, has ventured into so many controversial fields that it brings to mind the Hydra. This mythical seven-headed beast plagued the seas of Ancient Greece.  While nations have traditionally boasted of their armies to allies and enemies alike, such ...

Chinese state-own firm lost control of cobalt mine in Congo

Insights 03/04/22, 20:58

A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo appointed a temporary administrator to take over China Molybdenum's Tenke Fungurume mine, or TFM, on Monday, March 1, according to Reuters. China Molybdenum or China Moly holds an 80% stake, and state miner Gecamines holds a 20% stake in TFM. The New York Times ...

American businessman reveals life in Chinese jail

Human Rights 02/27/22, 17:03

In recent years, the darkness of Chinese prisons has been exposed, yet little is known about foreigners' experiences in Chinese jails. Mark Swidan, an American businessman detained in China since November 2012, had awful experiences. He has survived on starvation rations while working in slave-like conditions in a chilly, concrete ...

Swedish Olympic champ donates gold medal to Chinese prisoner

Human Rights 02/26/22, 13:15

According to Reuters, Swedish speed skater Nils van der Poel donated one of his two gold medals to human rights activist Gui Minhai. In 2020, he was sentenced to 10 years in a Chinese prison for so-called "illegally providing intelligence overseas." Gui was born in China but holds Swedish citizenship. Before ...

Returning athletes condemn China being Olympics host

Insights 02/23/22, 16:20

As the curtain falls on the Beijing Winter Olympics, those athletes who were afraid to speak out on human rights issues for fear of reprisals from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are beginning to make their voices heard. Nils van der Poel, the Swedish speed skater who won two gold medals ...

US bill targeting forced labor may worsen supply chain woes in China

Insights 02/14/22, 19:59

China is facing disruptions in its supply chain due to new lockdowns from its Zero-Covid policy. The woes could worsen as U.S. lawmakers introduce a bipartisan bill to hold American businesses accountable for having slave labor in supply chains. Slave-Free Business Certification Act U.S. Senators Josh Hawley and Kirsten Gillibrand, on Feb. ...

Beijing orders Finnish player to delete footage of flooded room

Human Rights 02/14/22, 15:54

Finnish skier Katri Lylynperä, on Feb.10, shared some short stories on Instagram about the condition of her room in the Olympic Village.  The footage demonstrated water leakage from the ceiling lights, flooding the floor. One of the videos featured on Lylynperä’s Instagram page was captioned with the word “Help.” There was also ...

China executes discriminatory labour policies in Xinjiang: UN agency

Human Rights 02/13/22, 19:38

An International Labour Organization (ILO) committee issues a report on Thursday, Feb. 10, expressing "deep concern" about China's policies in the far western region of Xinjiang, calling them discriminatory and urging Beijing to bring its labor practices into line with global standards. As the first and oldest specialized agency of the ...