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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 19.05.2023

Beijing police expel prominent rights attorney from city following release. Zhou Shifeng had repeatedly accused a former security chief of wrongdoing.

Authorities in Beijing have expelled rights attorney Zhou Shifeng from the city after holding him for months under house arrest following his release from prison, a move likely linked to his whistleblowing over now-jailed former security chief Sun Lijun. Zhou, who headed the now-shuttered Beijing Fengrui Law Firm that was targeted in a July 2015 crackdown on human rights lawyers, was released at the end of a seven-year jail term for subversion last September, but -- like other prominent rights lawyers -- has never fully regained his personal freedom.

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For Uyghurs seeking justice, UN panel confirms loved ones’ rights have been violated.

Uyghurs seeking justice for loved ones imprisoned in China have turned to a little-known United Nations body for help. Over the past year, the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued three rulings on a total of eight Uyghur detainees. In every case, it has ruled against China, saying Beijing violated their human rights by imprisoning them.

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Massachusetts Man Fed Information To China About Dissidents In The US, DOJ Says

Litang Liang, 63, faces one count of acting as an agent of a foreign government without providing notification to the attorney general and one count of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without providing notification to the attorney general, according to the DOJ. Liang allegedly acted as an agent of China around 2018 through at least 2022, providing China with information on individuals, organizations and pro-democracy protests that featured Chinese dissidents, according to his indictment.

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Chinese Ambassador Reveals CCP’s Fear of Soviet-Style Collapse in China

Chinese Ambassador to France Lu Shaye angered many countries with his televised remark that the ex-Soviet Union countries did not have sovereign status. However, this seemingly inadvertent remark reveals a deep-seated fear the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has had for the last three decades—that the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union and demise of the Soviet Party will happen again in China, experts said.

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DOJ indictment alleges China's United Front involvement in repression

A U.S. Department of Justice case against a U.S. citizen accused of working with Chinese government and party officials to surveil local residents could help provide new details about how the Chinese Communist Party allegedly operates in the United States. The Chinese government has long sought to silence global dissent by surveilling, harassing and threatening its critics abroad, and in some cases forcibly bringing them back to China, as part of a phenomenon known as transnational repression.


Canadian lawmaker speaks out on being targeted by China

The Canadian member of Parliament allegedly targeted by a Chinese diplomat in a foreign meddling scheme said his story illustrates how the country’s national security system is malfunctioning. Conservative MP Michael Chong said the fact he learned about his case through a newspaper leak of classified intelligence is a “symptom of a national security and intelligence system that is not working” and that intelligence is not being shared properly with legislators.

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China Built an Army of Influence Agents in the U.S.

In May, a classified Australian government report revealed that the Chinese Communist Party had spent the last decade attempting to influence every level of that nation’s government and politics. “Unlike Russia, which seems to be as much for a good time rather than a long time, the Chinese are strategic, patient, and they set down foundations of organizations and very consistent narratives over a long period of time,” said the author of the report in March. “They put an enormous amount of effort into making sure we don’t talk about what it’s doing.”

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