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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 03.05.2022

Hong Kong court upholds non-guilty verdict on Swiss Photographer

A Hong Kong court has upheld the non-guilty verdict on a Swiss photographer who was accused of aiding an attack on a mainland Chinese man during the protests and unrest of 2019. Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday upheld the acquittal of Marc Progin on one charge of aiding and abetting disorder in a public place.

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Rubio Grills Volksvagen

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Group, asking for further information regarding Volkswagen’s partnerships with Chinese companies Huayou Cobalt and Tsingshan Holding Group. Both companies are implicated in egregious human rights abuses around the world, including participation in the Chinese Communist Party’s genocide of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

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Tibetan schoolteacher released from jail in Quinqhai

Authorities in China’s Qinghai province have freed a Tibetan schoolteacher after holding her in jail since last year, when her school for Tibetan students was closed for teaching classes in their own language, RFA has learned. Rinchen Kyi, 42, was released on Aug. 24 at about 8:00 p.m. local time and taken to her family home in Qinghai’s Darlag

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UN High Commissioner must uphold credibility of the UN Office for Human Rights

The Central Tibetan Administration believes the visit to East Turkestan would go a long way in ameliorating the human rights situation in East Turkistan and addressing the genuine grievances of the Uyghur people. The deplorable situation in the Uyghur regions must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

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Do No Harm: Int´l medical professionals urged to help halt China´s “kill to order” organ harvesting

A world-first Legal Advisory Report and Policy Guidance published today advises medical institutions and professionals practicing in transplantation medicine on their international legal responsibilities to prevent complicity in organ trafficking and forced organ harvesting – the act of killing a person for their organs.

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Hong Kong student jailed for five years under national security law

A Hong Kong court on Friday increased a jail sentence to five years, in line with a China-imposed national security law, for a student who called for independence from China in posts on the Telegram messaging service. Lui Sai-yu, 25, an engineering undergraduate at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, was charged with inciting secession in April 2021 with messages calling for "acts to be taken to unlawfully change the regime" in Hong Kong.

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China enlist foreign vloggers to whitewash Uyghur situation in Xinjiang

China has enlisted some fresh faces in its pushback against charges it is committing genocide against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang: young foreign social media influencers who produce short videos showing happy minorities in the far-western region. Travel videos recorded by video bloggers known as vloggers are carried on platforms such as Twitter that are banned in China and spread by state media and affiliated sites.

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