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The Weekly Brief

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Released on 05.07.2022

'One country, two systems': Hong Kong loses freedoms after 25 years of Chinese rule

On July 1, 1997, the British flag came down for the last time in Hong Kong, as the city returned to Chinese rule.Today, not a single promise made by Chinese leaders before the handover has been kept. Halfway into the 50-year grace period, Hong Kong is already unrecognizable to many.

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Hong Kong-China: Beijing must be held accountable for its actions

On the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover of British rule to China, Beijing's strongarm tactics against the rule of law and democracy are making life miserable for many Hongkongers, writes Chung Ching Kwong. Then the national security law was implemented to curtail the city's freedom and autonomy once and for all. Friends and loved ones were arrested — one by one, disappearing behind bars.

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Rights Groups Urge Thailand Not to Force Captive Uyghurs Back to China

Rights groups are urging Thailand not to send any of some 50 Uyghurs it has been holding captive for the past eight years back to China, fearing a repeat of 2015, when the government forcibly returned more than 100 Uyghurs to China. Thailand is believed to be holding more than 50 Uyghurs in immigration detention centers across the country, most of them since at least 2014.

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As China tightens grip, Hong Kong’s luster as ‘world city’ dims

German entrepreneur Joseph loved his life in Hong Kong. But less than two years after setting up his business in Hong Kong, Joseph in January decided he could see no future in the city and relocated to Singapore. Incoming Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee has pledged to strengthen Hong Kong’s reputation as a global financial centre, without offering a timetable for reopening the city to the world.

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Xinjiang import ban creates compliance challenges for supply chain

General counsel will need to have a hard conversation with their company leadership over a federal law that took effect last week restricting imports that come through the Xinjiang region of China because of what western governments have called the use of enslaved Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities by companies there.

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Austrian oil company working in Xinjiang despite Uighur human rights fears

Austria’s national oil and gas company has quietly joined a project in the Chinese province of Xinjiang despite overwhelming evidence of human rights abuses against the region’s Uighur people, it has emerged.

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A Modern Uyghur ‘Genocide’ In Xinjiang China

The authoritarian regime in China is operating under the Chinese Communist Party (CPP), which systematically represses human rights. Human rights defenders have been arbitrarily detained, civil society is under tight control, and invasive surveillance technology is deployed. These abuses undermine the right to privacy and freedom of expression for those living under this regime.

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