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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 29.07.2022

Abandon arrogance, face fact that national security law has restored stability in Hong Kong’: Beijing to UN Human Rights Committee on report proposing repeal of legislation

Chinese government’s foreign ministry, the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong all hit back at UN report that expressed ‘grave concern’. Spokesman also slams EU’s support for UN report, accusing body of ‘hyping up Hong Kong-related issues.

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British MPs sanctioned by China denounce parliament’s new TikTok account

Senior Conservative politicians who have been sanctioned by China are demanding that the U.K. parliament takes down its newly created TikTok account. Senior MPs and members of the House of Lords laid into parliamentary authorities for setting up an account on the social media platform, which is owned by Chinese technology company ByteDance.

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Activist claims he’s being ‘framed’ over fake bomb threat to Chinese embassy in London

A prominent anti-China activist has said he is being framed over a fake bomb threat to the Chinese embassy in London. Drew Pavlou, an Australian known for his peaceful demonstrations in support of Tibet, Taiwan and the Uyghurs, was arrested by Metropolitan Police officers outside the Chinese embassy on Thursday.

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UN Committee Calls for Repeal of Hong Kong National Security Law

A U.N. monitoring committee is calling for the repeal of Hong Kong’s National Security Law (NSL), saying it undermines the fundamental rights and freedoms of the people in the territory. The U.N. Human Rights Committee, which monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, has just issued its concluding observations on the situation in Hong Kong.

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Uyghur Concentration Camp Victims Demand U.N. Release Report on China’s Genocide

Former prisoners in Chinese concentration camps, members of the oppressed Uyghur community of East Turkistan, and supporters gathered in New York on Tuesday to urge the United Nations to release a report based on human rights chief Michelle Bachelet’s visit to the region in May.

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NGOs: Thailand may be planning to deport Uyghurs to China

Thailand has moved dozens of Uyghurs from around the kingdom to a single facility in Bangkok, a security official confirmed Wednesday, raising fears among NGOs that the government may deport them to China after three detainees escaped earlier this month.

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Hong Kong national security law: 4 ex-members of defunct student activist group face up to 10 years in jail after admitting advocating for city’s ‘liberation’

Four members of a now-dissolved student activist group in Hong Kong are facing up to 10 years in jail after they admitted advocating for the city’s “liberation” and continued resistance against authorities, acts deemed in violation of the national security law.

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