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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 26.04.2022

China urges Sweden to Respect Muslim Beliefs

China has criticised Sweden over a recent incident in which a far-right politician reportedly burned the Quran, with Beijing urging the Scandinavian state to 'respect' Muslim beliefs.The Chinese foreign ministry's comments came in response to Danish-Swedish far-right leader Rasmus Paludan's plans to organise several Quran-burning rallies in Sweden during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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Concers remain over Pro-CCP stance of UK based Chinese community organizations

Hong Kong activists based in the U.K. have repeated warnings that community groups in the county may have been infiltrated by people loyal to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), posing potential threats to incoming migrants from Hong Kong under the British National Overseas (BNO) visa scheme.

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Uyghurs Demand Harvard Apologize for Hosting Pro-Genocide Chinese Official

The head of the Communist Party’s consulate in New York, Huang Ping, addressed the Harvard College China Forum last week, an annual event staged in partnership with a major Chinese government propaganda outlet and featuring prominent Party sympathizers and government officials. Along with Huang, Chinese Ambassador to America Qin Gang also spoke at the event.

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US, Chinese Diplomats square off on Twitter over human rights jailed Uyghur

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield sparked a social media spat with her Chinese counterpart on Wednesday after she called on the head of the U.N. Human Rights Council to release an overdue report on rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region.

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Chinese national living in the Netherlands forced to shut down Twitter account

A Chinese national living in the Netherlands and his family in China have been harassed by Chinese police over posts to social media he made while out of the country, including voicing support for Ukraine following the Russian invasion. Gao Ronghui, who hails from Pingtan county in the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian, provided audio recordings of phone calls with police.

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NHS to ban products of slavery after PPE concerns

The NHS in England will be barred from using goods and services linked to slavery or human trafficking under a law to be introduced by the government. It would prevent the health service buying equipment worth billions from parts of China where it is claimed forced labour is used in supply chains.

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Renewed call for the release of the Panchen Lama and his family

On the occasion of the 33rd birthday anniversary of Tibet’s 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, we feel it more than opportune time to reinvigorate our campaign to send a strong message to Beijing that the world has not forgotten about Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, despite China’s efforts to erase him from our history.

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