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(21 October 2019) International human rights NGOs urge the Chinese government to drop the “subversion of state power” charge against human rights defender Chen Jianfang (陈建芳) and release her immediately and unconditionally. Ms. Chen has spent over six months in detention incommunicado and now faces a likely lengthy prison sentence after authorities charged her with an endangering state security crime.

Chinese police are moving away from TV broadcasts and using short video platforms, microblogs and targeted screenings to air forced confessions.

Hikvision logoUPDATE: A day after this blacklist was announced, in a separate move, the US State Department said it was imposing a visa ban on Chinese government and Communist Party officials connected with the repression in Xinjiang.

(2) UPDATE as of 19 October 2019: Nikkei Asian Review reports that a Japanese professor at Hokkaido University has been detained in China. The unnamed man is in his 40s, and was detained in Beijing earlier in September while travelling in China. The reports states it is the first Japanese person classified as a civil servant that has been detained in China. It is believed he is detained related to Espionage charges.

Call for Proposals, 2019-10-06.


Safeguard Defenders is now inviting organizations and individuals to submit proposals for small projects aimed at empowering civil society and rights defenders in China. We welcome all interested parties to submit their ideas throughout October and November. Received submissions are evaluated on a rolling basis. Please carefully read the focus and guidelines below before submitting your proposal. 

Part One of Bao Longjun's story on disappearing into China's secret RSDL jail system

 

(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.

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