Safeguard Defenders' founder and director Peter Dahlin describes what disappeared Australian journalist Cheng Lei is likely facing in her RSDL prison in China and how the latest data shows that the system is expanding at a terrifying rate.

Image of Australian journalist Cheng Lei from her Facebook pageThe latest victim of China's hostage diplomacy, in a very long line of victims, is Australian citizen Cheng Lei. She has been working for China's Party-state TV station CGTN for eight years and is a high-profile anchor of their Global Business show.

Cover of Rampant Repression reportA shocking new report by Safeguard Defenders exposes the scale of the numbers of people being held in China's secret RSDL jail system.

China’s most famous human rights lawyer is missing. In fact, he’s been missing for three years to the day. Gao Zhisheng (高智晟) disappeared on the 13 August 2017 and hasn’t been seen since

Safeguard Defenders, along with a group of non-governmental organizations, has submitted a comprehensive review of China's use of forced televised confessions before trial to nine United Nations Special Procedures, calling for a full review of how this practice violates key international rights and laws.

Today, Safeguard Defenders is releasing the simplified Chinese version of Fighting Impunity: A guide on how civil society can use Magnitsky Acts to sanction human rights violators.

The arbitrary detention of the two Canadian Michaels – former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor – in China has made headline news around the world. But few have heard of the case of American businessman Kai Li...

China’s hostage diplomacy has got a whole lot more threatening. An increasingly hostile China continues to target foreigners from countries that have angered it with arbitrary arrests, handing down death sentences, and expanding upon a recent trend - stealing the citizenship of former Chinese passport holders.

13 July 2020. 10 NGOs urge Vietnam to reverse its expanding crackdown on civil society, media institutions and journalists, and ensure the safety and legal protections of citizen journalists like Pham Doan Trang.

Full statement as PDF with co-signatories here:

Rape and execution threats, flogging, electrocution, torturing family members within earshot, and breaking teeth are just some of the ways Iran forces prisoners to confess on camera.