CPJ: Xinjiang Key Focus for Journalist Detentions

An annual census of detentions by the Committee to Project Journalists has identified China as one of the most prolific jailers, and highlighted ongoing mass detentions in Xinjiang as a current focal point. CPJ’s Elana Beiser noted the detention early last month of award-winning photographer Lu Guang in that context, and argued that the continued climb in the number of detentions worldwide suggests that “the authoritarian approach to critical news coverage is more than a Read More …

Beijing Confirms Two Canadians Held for “Endangering National Security”

On Wednesday, Chinese authorities confirmed that they had detained Canadian Michael Spavor on suspicion of harming national security. From Lee Jeong-ho and Keegan Elmer of the South China Morning Post: A report by the Liaoning government’s official online news outlet on Thursday said Michael Spavor – a businessman based in the Chinese city of Dandong with connections to North Korea – was detained on Monday in an investigation by the provincial state security bureau. The Read More …

Symposium: Walking the Fine Line between Apology and Utopia: A Reply to Trahan, Helal, and Schabas on A Duty to Prevent Genocide–Due Diligence Obligations among the P5

14 Dec Symposium: Walking the Fine Line between Apology and Utopia: A Reply to Trahan, Helal, and Schabas on A Duty to Prevent Genocide–Due Diligence Obligations among the P5 14.12.18 | [Dr. John Heieck is a criminal defense lawyer in the US and an independent researcher of genocide and human rights studies.]  I want to reiterate my thanks to Opinio Juris and the International Commission of Jurists for holding this thought-provoking symposium on my new Read More …

Young Tibetans Self-immolate in Protest

Voice of America reports that a 22-year-old Tibetan man named Drugkho self-immolated in Sichuan on December 8 in protest of China’s policies in Tibetan regions of China. According to International Campaign for Tibet’s tally, Drugkho becomes the 155th Tibetan to self-immolate in protest since 2009. A young Tibetan man set himself on fire outside a district security office in China’s Sichuan province earlier this month, chanting, “Long Live His Holiness the Dalai Lama! Free Tibet!” Read More …

Detained Pastor’s Wife Accused of Inciting Subversion

Pastor Wang Yi’s wife Jiang Rong, who is held under secret detention in an undisclosed location, has been accused of inciting subversion of state power days after authorities cracked down on the Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, Sichuan. More than 100 church members including Jiang and her husband were taken into custody over the weekend in a city-wide raid against the renowned protestant house church. A censorship directive was issued following the arrests prohibiting websites from Read More …