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Foreigners Barred From Spreading Religious Content as China Tightens Internet Controls
A few days before Christmas, Chinese authorities released new Internet regulations on Dec. 21, announcing that all foreign organizations and individuals will be banned from spreading religious content across the country’s tightly censored Internet. Beijing...
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Renowned Chinese Lawyer Tang Jitian Disappears After Years of Standing Up for Falun Gong, Other Persecuted Groups
Tang Jitian, a Chinese human rights attorney, has not been heard from since Dec. 10, according to close friends and family.  The 53-year-old’s whereabouts were last known when he texted friends to tell them he...
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Engineering Professor Dies After Prolonged Quarantine in China Prevents Her From Seeking Cancer Treatment
China’s zero-COVID policies have placed significant strain on everyday life and economic activity, and their draconian implementation — such as quarantines and lockdowns without adequate accommodations for those affected — has sometimes led to tragedy....
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Press Freedoms Under Attack in China, Dozens of Journalists Jailed in 2021
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a nonprofit that promotes press freedoms across the world, recently published its annual prison census report for 2021. China was once again found to be the world’s worst jailer...
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Mass Internment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang Is Genocide: Independent UK Court
The Uyghur Tribunal, run by a prestigious independent court in the UK, has ruled that atrocities against the Uyghur ethnic group and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang by China’s communist regime constitute genocide, albeit without...
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Jimmy Lai, 7 Others Sentenced for Urging Participation in Banned Tiananmen Vigil
On Monday, Dec. 13, Jimmy Lai, founder of the now-defunct pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, along with seven others was sentenced by a Hong Kong court to 13 months in prison for urging participation in last...
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How the CCP Creates Its Narrative: One Company Alone Builds Up a 100-strong ‘50 Cent Army’ Team
Early this year, international brands like Swedish clothing company H&M pledged not to use Xinjiang cotton picked through forced labor by Uyghurs. That statement triggered a “viral” Weibo post coordinated by the Chinese Communist Youth...
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US Using Export Control Tools to Sanction Chinese Company SenseTime Group
On Dec. 10, the White House released a “Joint Statement on the Export Controls and Human Rights Initiative” that commits “to use export control tools to prevent the proliferation of software and other technologies used to...
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Boarding Schools for Tibet’s Nearly 1 Million Children Erasing Native Language, Culture: NGO Report
A report released by the The Tibet Action Institute (TAI) on Dec. 7 describes how children in Tibet as young as four have been forced into attending a vast boarding school system created by the...