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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 23.12.2022

PALA condemns forced labor in China’s Uyghur region

Alliance calls on corporations to ensure their supply chains are transparent, free from forced labor.As the first and largest organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) strongly condemns economic and foreign policies that harm U.S. and Chinese workers. APALA urges all U.S. companies to monitor their supply chains more thoroughly and terminate their relationships with companies using forced labor.

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Appeals court rejects China Telecom bid to reverse U.S. ban

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected the bid by the U.S. arm of China Telecom to reverse the order that took effect in January. The FCC said in 2021 that China Telecom (Americas) "is subject to exploitation, influence and control by the Chinese government."

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Legislators call for sanctions on firms complicit in mass DNA harvesting of Tibetans and Uyghurs

A group of legislators from 15 legislatures globally have called on their respective governments to investigate and suspend commercial activities with companies providing the PRC government with technologies to carry out biometric surveillance in the Uyghur Region, Tibet and elsewhere in the PRC, including the PRC state backed BGI Group and US firm Thermo Fisher.

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The Long Arm of Chinese Censorship Has Reached Europe, Forcing Artists and Institutions to Watch What They Say Against Beijing

Some artists and curators of Chinese descent, living and working in Europe, have said they feel like they must self-censor their work for fear of retaliation by Beijing authorities against their families back home. Others have had shows cancelled through diplomatic pressure by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), or been surveilled by suspected government actors.

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When You Have No Credibility … You Are in Big Trouble’: A Chinese Dissident on Xi Jinping and the Future of Protest in China

In 1978, activist Wei Jingsheng became China’s most prominent dissident when he posted a signed essay — or “big character poster,” as they are called in China — on a wall in Beijing, arguing eloquently for democracy. He’s been imprisoned twice for his blistering criticism of the Chinese Communist Party, spending some 18 years behind bars before relocating to the United States.

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Imprisoned Tibetan businessman’s sister stages brave protest outside Lhasa court

The sister of a Tibetan businessman who is serving a life sentence as a political prisoner staged a courageous protest outside a courthouse in Tibet’s capital this week before being taken away by security guards. Gonpo Kyi, also known as Gontey (Chinese: Gongde), the elder sister of Dorjee Tashi (Duoji Zhaxi), staged a peaceful protest in front of the Higher People’s Court of the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region in Lhasa on Dec. 19.

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The BBC Is Making Money Producing Glossy Tourism Ads For China’s Propaganda Machine

When BBC journalist Edward Lawrence was detained and beaten by Chinese police during anti-lockdown protests last month, the condemnation was swift.The BBC said it was “extremely concerned” by the events. The UK’s foreign secretary described it as “deeply disturbing.” Lawrence’s peers piled on to Twitter to voice horror at an authoritarian regime trampling press freedoms.

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