The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a bill which requires an annual review of Hong Kong’s human rights situation and sanctions against officials linked to rights abuses in the city, moving the legislation one step closer to possible signature by President Donald Trump.
U.S. lawmakers and experts have renewed calls for sanctions against China over rights abuses in its Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), in a swift response to the leak of hundreds of pages of documents detailing a crackdown on ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities ordered by President Xi Jinping.
Students at a university besieged all weekend by Hong Kong police have called for international help after police warned they might use live fire to add to tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon already deployed against protesters, local residents and bystanders.
Han Hua, who has lived in Hong Kong for more than 10 years, has been actively reporting on the city’s anti-government and pro-democracy protests since they escalated in early June, in a bid to inform social media friends behind the Great Firewall of what is going on. But she says the protests are beginning to wear her down, and asked to be identified only by a pseudonym as she fears reprisals and arrest by the authorities:
The public arrests of prominent Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities is part of a bid by authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) to instill fear in the local population, according to Uyghur sources in exile.
Authorities on Wednesday evacuated stude
Hong Kong police on Tuesday besieged a major university, tear gassing its president and pursuing fleeing students onto a sports field while unleashing a hail of rubber bullets and tear gas canisters.
Concerns are growing over the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s bid to limit academic freedom, far beyond China’s borders on the campuses of overseas universities.
The wife of a petitioner from the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian says that her husband’s death in police custody was suspicious, and has called on provincial authorities to investigate.
Tens of thousands of people gathered acr