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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 22.04.2022

UN Experts Bring China into Account

A group of six UN experts have expressed concerns and brought China into account for arrest, detention and enforced disappearance of Tibetan writer Lobsang Lhundup known by his pen name Dhi Lhaden, musician Lhundrup Drakpa and teacher Rinchen Kyi, in the joint communication to China sent in February, but was just made public.

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China's ratification of Forced Labour Act unlikely to improve ties with West

China is set to ratify two international treaties aimed at combatting forced labour, likely in an effort to silence international concern around human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Beijing’s top legislature is expected to ratify the Forced Labour Convention and Abolition of Forced Labour Convention today, according to state news agency Xinhua. The conventions were respectively adopted in 1930 and 1957 by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

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UN High Commissioner must uphold principled and coherent response to China's Human Rights crisis

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet announced on 8 March that she has secured a visit to China ‘foreseen to take place in May’. Her announcement in an update to the UN Human Rights Council comes three and a half years after she publicly requested unrestricted access to China for the first time.

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Why China's “diplomatic assurances” are not to be trusted

There is plenty of evidence that China’s “diplomatic assurances” are not to be trusted. Yet New Zealand’s Supreme Court, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Justice Minister Kris Faafoi have all concluded that the Chinese government is committed to fair trials, opposed to torture, and trustworthy with respect to its “diplomatic assurances” to Wellington in the case of Kyung Yup Kim.

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US Bans Chinese Officials from “repression” of minorities

In a statement, US Chief of Diplomacy Anthony Blinken announced that he has imposed “visa restrictions on officials of the People’s Republic of China suspected of responsibility for or complicity in policies or measures intended to repress religious or spiritual leaders, members of ethnic minorities, dissidents, human rights defenders, and journalists.” trade unionists, civil society activists, and peaceful protesters in China or abroad.”

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NGO's Welcome US Human Rights Report

The annual US State Department's human rights report on China, which includes documentation of genocide of the Uyghur community, was welcomed this week by Uyghur and Muslim advocacy groups.

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China “Infiltrates” groups welcoming Hongkongers

Two groups that receive government funding to welcome people moving from Hong Kong to Britain have been accused of being linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The Times can reveal fears that the Chinese Community Centre — Birmingham (CCC-B) and Chinese Association of Southampton (CAS) have been infiltrated.

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