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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 16.12.2022

Canada passes anti-organ trafficking bill and pro-Tibet motion

MPs passed legislation Wednesday that would block foreigners from entering Canada if they were involved in organ trafficking – an accusation levelled at China by United Nations experts in 2021 – and adopted a motion urging Beijing to grant Tibet more autonomy.

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US slams fresh sanctions on top Beijing officials over Tibet

The United States government on Friday announced sanctions against top Chinese government officials for “serious human rights abuse” in Tibet. Two high officials in the list are Wu Yingjie and Zhang Hongpo; Wu was China’s representative head in TAR from 2016 to 2021, whereas Zhang was China’s police chief in the Himalayan region from 2018.

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Cardinal Zen and 4 others appeal against conviction over failing to register protester relief fund as society

The five were convicted of violating the Societies Ordinance in November and were fined HK$4,000 each by Principal Magistrate Ada Yim. The fund’s former secretary, Sze Ching-wee, was also found guilty and was fined HK$2,500. Sze has not appealed against his conviction.

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Analysis of the whitewashing of human rights violations in Xinjiang, China

“Xinjiang” may be an unfamiliar word to Western readers, but the plight of its most populous ethnic group, the Uyghurs, has made news for nearly a decade. In this northwesternmost region of China, which borders Russia, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, natural beauty is marred by a network of detention facilities.

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The Protests Awakened Us’: Student Activists in China Speak Out — While the Government Relents

In the past week, Chinese authorities have reportedly begun tactically bargaining with citizens to quash dissent erupting across the country. Massive protests have seen people of all demographics united in outrage over the draconian Covid lockdown policies of the past two years. There have been huge rallies in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, and Chengdu, with as many as 50 of China’s universities seeing students defiantly taking to the streets.

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Why Is Twitter Shutting Down Chinese Activists’ Accounts?

The acts of defiance were rare and rather novel, for a surveillance state. The way the world found out was well-worn. When Chinese protesters took to the streets to shout “Down with Xi Jinping” and denounce China’s harsh Covid lockdown measures, activists and their supporters took to Twitter to share news and clips of the disobedience.

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Uniting for Uyghurs at the United Nations

After six years of genocide, hope is hard to come by for us Uyghurs. We found some in August when the outgoing United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet, released the report we’d long been awaiting. She officially concluded that China’s violations against Uyghurs in Xinjiang may constitute crimes against humanity.

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