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Piecemeal Releases Do Not Mean Fundamental Policy Shift

During the last days of Ramadan, on April 24, Egyptian authorities freed around 40 unjustly detained prisoners, among them journalists, activists, and human rights defenders, many of whose families have tirelessly pushed for their release for years…
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Lama’s Death Shrouded in Government Campaign of Secrecy, Persecution

Despite draconian controls on the flow of information between Tibet and the outside world, word recently emerged of the death of an 86-year-old lama named Tulku Dawa in Lhasa, and attempts by the Chinese government to keep it secret. Tulku Dawa had…
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Foreign Interference, Harassment of Students and Academics

On Friday, the Australian parliament’s Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security released their long-awaited report examining foreign interference at Australian universities. During their inquiry, the committee heard evidence that Chinese…
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Journalists Fight to Keep Diverse Voices on Air

Tunisian President Kais Saied has set about dismantling institutional checks on his authority since his July power grab, and state television is an obvious target. Before the 2011 revolution that ousted authoritarian President Zine el-Abidine Ben…
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European Leaders Should Denounce Abuses, Address Egypt’s Rights Crisis Under al-Sisi

Visiting Brussels for a summit between the European Union and the African Union this week, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is eyeing a series of separate high-profile meetings as another opportunity to boost his tainted image. But instead of…
French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi attend a joint press conference at the Elysee palace, December 7, 2020 in Paris.
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Tokyo Should Build on New Momentum by Condemning Serious Abuses

Just days before the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, Japanese lawmakers passed a Diet resolution highlighting human rights issues in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Tibet, and Inner Mongolia. Specifically, the February 1 resolution calls for the “…
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Censorship, Propaganda Warp Public Opinion in China

“All efforts to save the Winter Olympics.” “Make way for the Winter Olympics.” These phrases have repeatedly appeared in Chinese news reports over the past few months. When the 2022 Winter Olympics officially kick off in Beijing on February 4, the…
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‘Dinner’ with Chinese Tennis Player Peng Shuai Spotlights Athletes’ Plight

In November, Chinese tennis player and three-time Olympian Peng Shuai posted a sexual assault complaint on social media – then went silent. The hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai trended globally. Now, as the Winter Olympics begin this week in China, the…
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Authorities Continue to Use Repressive Laws to Silence Critics

“I’m not sure whether to laugh, get angry, or feel utter frustration,” Myriam Bribri, a Tunisian activist told Human Rights Watch in response to the fine and four-month prison sentence a court in the city of Sfax gave her on December 21, 2021. Bribri…
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Bloc Should Try to Block Cairo Membership Quest, Not Support It

The European Union (EU) may be about to present a joint bid with Egypt to co-lead the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum, a multilateral platform with far-reaching influence on global counterterrorism policy, according to a recently leaked document. Given…
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Beijing’s Warning for Athletes at Winter Olympics Threatens Speech, Peaceful Protest

In the video, a skier is preparing for her big race at the Winter Olympics in China. She puts on her boots, her gloves, her helmet, and her googles. Then she covers her mouth in tape. Human Rights Watch has launched a video series with Chinese-…
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Free University of Amsterdam Hosts Pro-Beijing Human Rights Center

The Vrije Universiteit (Free University) of Amsterdam, which describes itself as “encouraging … broader minds,” is the latest academic institution to be embarrassed over problematic funding from the Chinese government.  Media reported this…
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Wife of Forcibly Disappeared Activist Dies in US, Unable to Reunite with Husband

“Never could I imagine the Chinese authorities were capable of such inhumane cruelty – to keep him locked up when my life is coming to an end,” said Zhang Qing, wife of the prominent Chinese human rights activist Guo Feixiong, in December. Zhang…
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Russia, China Lead Efforts to Put Monitoring, Investigations on Chopping Block

United Nations member countries currently haggling over the organization’s 2022 budget should stand firm against Russia and China-led efforts to slash funding for UN human rights work. Every December, diplomats on the UN General Assembly’s fiscal…
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Beijing Ensures No Opposition in Vote for Legislature

On December 19, Hong Kong election authorities will distribute ballots and boxes, monitor election materials, and tally results. But despite the trimmings of democracy, this election will have no substance. Hong Kong’s legislature is now devoid…
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Communist Party Aims to Control Dalai Lama Selection

In late November, a senior local Chinese Communist Party official toured three townships in Sog, a county in the Tibet Autonomous Region that has a history of resistance to state controls on religion. His goal: to ensure local Tibetan officials…
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‘Patterns’ of Violations Against Uyghurs, Turkic Muslims Documented in Xinjiang

Last week the spokesperson for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said it would be only “a matter of a few weeks”  until the release of a much-anticipated report showing “patterns” of Chinese government…
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International Olympic Committee Should Help Secure Peng Shuai’s Safety

“We have taken a very human and person-centred approach to her situation,” the International Olympics Committee (IOC) said in a December 2 statement, revealing it had held a second closed call with Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai. Meanwhile, Peng has…
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French Authorities Should Immediately Investigate; Stop Arms Sales

A media investigation has alleged that classified documents show that a secret French military intelligence operation may have supported the Egyptian Air Force in targeting civilians under the guise of fighting terrorism. The documents appear to…
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Peng Shuai Hasn’t Been Seen in Public Since November 2

Three-time Olympian Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai is missing. The hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai is trending globally, and world tennis champions Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, and Novak Djokovic voiced fears about the 35-year-old star’s whereabouts.…
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