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The Director of Safeguard Defenders, Peter Dahlin, explains how civil society can bring serious human rights violators to justice.

 

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Today, 15 January, Safeguard Defenders released "Fighting Impunity: A guide on how civil society can use Magnitsky Acts to sanction human rights violators". This comprehensive manual, aimed at civil society, is the first of its kind and provides step by step instructions on how to file recommendations for sanctions on perpetrators of gross human rights violations.

 

UK TV regulator Ofcom has just told Safeguard Defenders that it has accepted a new fairness and privacy complaint against China’s Party-state broadcaster CGTN which "relates to an alleged forced confession", without confirming the source of the complaint.

It’s hard to read the stories of those who were disappeared into China’s Xinjiang Concentration Camps; their accounts of the brutality they suffered are extremely moving.

 

If you’ve heard of Safeguard Defenders before, you’ve probably seen news of one of our public campaigns—against China’s use of forced TV confessions, for example—or because of one of our publications, such as The People’s Republic of the Disappeared about China's secret detention system.

[19 December] Safeguard Defenders has stepped up its campaign against China's party-state TV company CCTV and its international arm CGTN for committing repeated and systematic broadcasting violations and filed official complaints in the US and Canada. These complaints focus on the airing of forced TV confessions.

[10 December 2019]  Today is Human Rights Day. It also marks one year since Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor disappeared in China. Since that day, neither of the men have been allowed to see a lawyer or their family; only sporadic consular visits have been permitted. For the first six months, they were held in secret detention called Residential Surveillance at a Designated Location (RSDL).

Their unjust and arbitrary detentions are widely seen as retaliation for the arrest a week earlier of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada in response to a US extradition request.

As of today, 2019-11-28, a complaint by Simon (Man-kit) Cheng has been filed against CGTN (China Global Television Network) with the TV-regulator of the United Kingdom, Ofcom. 

This complaint follows the broadcast by CGTN of a news story that included direct lies, violations of his privacy, and unproven allegations reported as facts.

You can find the full complaint here:

This summer, Chinese state security placed Hongkonger Simon Cheng into incommunicado detention. They interrogated, tortured and forced him to record multiple confessions. Chinese state media released a clip of one last week. This is Simon's story about how those confessions were made. 

The UN’s highest official principally responsible for human rights, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, should publicly denounce the Hong Kong Government for its systematic violations of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, and condemn the unnecessary and disproportionate use of force by police in Hong Kong. 

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