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Indigenous and Ethnic Groups Coerced, Poorly Compensated

(Bangkok) – A large-scale, Chinese-financed hydroelectric dam in northeastern Cambodia, completed in 2018, has undermined the lives and livelihoods of thousands of Indigenous and ethnic minority people, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
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Harsh, Unjust Sentences for Uyghurs, Other Muslims

(New York) – The Chinese government has increased its groundless prosecutions with long prison sentences for Uyghurs and other Muslims in recent years in China’s Xinjiang region, Human Rights Watch said today. Since the Chinese government escalated…
A perimeter fence around what is officially known as a” vocational skills education center” in Dabancheng in China's Xinjiang region, September 2018. 
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End Intimidation, Surveillance of Those Critical of Government Response

(New York) – The Chinese government should cease its campaign against individuals seeking redress for abuses linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities have harassed and intimidated those who have sought…
 Chinese paramilitary police wear face masks in Beijing, May 1, 2020.
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Arbitrary Detentions, ‘Disappearances,’ for Sharing Coronavirus Information

(New York) – The Chinese authorities should immediately and unconditionally release five activists and citizen journalists for publicly reporting on the Covid-19 outbreak, Human Rights Watch said today. The government is arbitrarily detaining three…
Clip from video of the social media of Fang Bin, businessman, as he films conditions inside of one of the city’s hospitals treating coronavirus patients in Wuhan, China, February 1, 2020. © 2020 Fang Bin / YouTube
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Overcrowding, Unsanitary Conditions Threaten Catastrophe

(New York) – Asia’s overcrowded and unsanitary prisons, jails, and detention centers are at grave risk of COVID-19 outbreaks that threaten the physical and mental health of both detainees and staff and the broader population. …
Indonesian prisoners approaching the end of their sentences are released to avoid a coronavirus outbreak in overcrowded prisons in Depok, near Jakarta, Indonesia, April 2, 2020.
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Unsanitary Cells Prime Condition for Spreading Virus Outside Walls

(New York) – The unsanitary, overcrowded prisons and juvenile detention centers in most Latin American and Caribbean countries offer prime conditions for outbreaks of COVID-19 that could severely affect the health of detainees and of…
Inmates point from inside of La Modelo prison in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 22, 2020.
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Stop Censorship, Respect Freedom of Movement, Address Discrimination

(New York) – The Chinese government should ensure that human rights are protected while responding to the coronavirus outbreak, Human Rights Watch said today. As of January 29, 2020, confirmed cases of the infection, formally known as 2019-nCov,…
People line up to buy face masks from a medical supply company in Nanning, southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
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Killings, Disappearances, Recruitment of Children as Soldiers Go Unpunished

(Bogotá) – Armed groups have committed egregious abuses against Colombian and Venezuelan civilians as they fight for control in Catatumbo, northeastern Colombia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 64-page report, “…
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Forced Return Exposes Them to Risk of Torture, Other Abuses

(New York) – China should not forcibly deport seven detained North Koreans who face a grave risk of torture and other abuses if returned to North Korea, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should grant asylum to the members of the group…
Pedestrians walk by a statue of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong outside the railway station in the Chinese city of Dandong bordering North Korea in northeastern China's Liaoning Province, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.
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Legislative Agency Recommends Ending ‘Custody and Education’ System

(New York) – The Chinese government should abolish the Custody and Education system used to detain primarily sex workers for up to two years without trial, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should also abolish all other official and…
Delegates from China's People's Liberation Army chat as they leave the Great Hall of the People after attending a meeting ahead of Tuesday's opening session of China's National People's Congress in Beijing, Monday, March 4, 2019.
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Mass Detention in Xinjiang, Prosecution of Peaceful Expression

(New York) – China’s government tightened its grip on all aspects of society in 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. President Xi Jinping’s abusive rule deepened, as evidenced by the constitutional amendment removing…
Chinese President Xi Jinping gives a speech for the 40th Anniversary of Reform and Opening Up at The Great Hall Of The People on December 18, 2018 in Beijing, China.
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Detained Activist, Bookseller Denied Medical Parole

(New York) – The Chinese government should immediately and unconditionally release from detention rights activist Huang Qi and bookseller Yiu Mantin, who are seriously ill, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities should also allow the two…
201711Asia_China_Liu Protesters chant slogans to mourn the death of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, outside China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China July 15, 2017.
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New Anti-Graft Body Threatens Abusive Detentions

(New York) – China’s legislature should substantially revise its new draft National Supervision Law to include fair trial protections for corruption suspects, Human Rights Watch said today. The draft National Supervision Law does not…
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Stop Harassment of Liu Xiaobo’s Family, Friends

(New York) – The Chinese government should immediately lift all restrictions on Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife, Liu Xia, Human Rights Watch said today. The couple should be able to go where they wish for medical treatment, and have…
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and his wife, Liu Xia.
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Shopkeeper Faces 15-Year Sentence for Promoting Minority Language

(New York) – Chinese authorities should immediately drop the politically motivated case against a Tibetan shopkeeper who has publicly supported education in the Tibetan language, Human Rights Watch said today. A trial is expected to take place soon.…
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Suspects at Risk of Ill-Treatment

(New York) – Chinese authorities should credibly and impartially investigate an explosion in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and ensure due process rights for suspects, Human Rights Watch said today. On September 10, 2016, a local police chief…
Policemen with riot gear stand guard behind a barricade near the site of an explosives attack in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on May 23, 2014.
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Allow Guo Feixiong Access to Adequate Medical Care, Lawyers, Family

(New York) – Chinese authorities should cease their force feeding of imprisoned activist Guo Feixiong and ensure his immediate access to adequate medical care, Human Rights Watch said today. Guo, 49, a rights activist whose real name is Yang Maodong, has…
Guo Feixiong on the Great Wall of China, July 2012.
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Criminal Law Revisions Further Undercut Online Freedom, Citizens’ Right to Know

(New York) – The latest revisions to China’s Criminal Law impose up to seven years in prison for “spreading rumors” about disasters, Human Rights Watch said today. The revised law, which took effect November 1, 2015, does not clarify what constitutes a “…
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China won’t be able to solve its environmental crisis until it respects human rights. The crisis is severe, as the recent reports from Harbin, a city of 11 million people in northeastern China, indicate. Harbin was shut down by air pollution that was 50…
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UN Expert Says Donors Should Stop Funding Drug Detention Centers

(Geneva) –A United Nations report about torture and other abuses in healthcare settings points to the need for donors to withdraw funds to compulsory drug detention centers, Human Rights Watch and Harm Reduction International said today. The report was…