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(September 9, 2019) A group of non-governmental organizations have sent a letter to UN members states calling for action at the 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council over the Chinese government’s jailing of many human rights defenders protecting economic, social and cultural rights, and closure of civil society organizations promoting equal protection of those rights.

 ‘At the moment, we don’t know his whereabouts, which prison he is in, or even if he is alive.’

‘On December 26, 2017, my sister took a flight from Malaysia to our home town. We have not heard from her since.’

‘For more than 10 years, we have not been able to be together as a family… each time he disappears, our only hope is that he is able to live.’

It’s not only activists and CCP members that are targets. Everyone from celebrities, judges, foreigners and businesspeople are being caught up in the net. 

Here are 11 victims from all walks of life who have been disappeared by the CCP in the past few years. This is part two, to read about China's expanding systems for disappearances, click here

 

1: The Christian Pastor

Today is the International Day of the Disappeared; a day that marks the countless victims of state-sponsored enforced disappearances around the world.

No country has such a terrifying network of systems designed to disappear critics today as China.

On 21 August, Safeguard Defenders filed a comprehensive report and review of China's newest system for Enforced Disappearances, Liuzhi, to nine relevant UN Special Procedures. 

Court case number: Ö 2479-19.

This post provides details from the Swedish Supreme Court’s verdict today ruling that Chinese fugitive Qiao Jianjun should not be extradited to China. The full verdict is only available in Swedish (available here). Read the Supreme Court’s summary in English here.

In a landmark case, Sweden’s Supreme Court on July 9 ruled against the extradition of one of China’s most sought after corruption suspects.

Qiao Jianjun, a Chinese Communist Party member and mid-level state official, is being pursued by Beijing under its Operation Fox Hunt program for returning fugitives from overseas. Qiao is suspected of embezzling funds back home.

Sweden held Qiao in detention for nearly a year, until the Supreme Court held a hearing on 18 June following which Qiao was freed, pending a decision.

China’s state TV has been responding vigorously behind the scenes to five complaints against it made between November 2018 and April 2019 by Safeguard Defenders and victims to UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom for airing forced confessions.

 

 

China did not kill Wang Quanzhang, as some feared, but they did their best to break him. Police kidnapped the human rights lawyer in summer 2015 as part of the 709 Crackdown against rights defenders.

UPDATE: 2019-05-09 (17:30 GMT+1)

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