15 Jan 2020

China’s government poses a ‘global threat to human rights,’ report finds

The NGO Human Rights Watch has released a statement claiming that the Chinese government poses a global threat to human rights. In the NGO’s annual report, it stated that the Chinese government is carrying out an intensive attack on the global system for enforcing human rights, after evaluating nearly 100

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15 Jan 2020

‘Staggering number’ of human rights defenders killed in Colombia, the UN says

In Colombia, human rights activists and leaders within organizations revolving around human rights violations are being killed at an alarming rate, according to a recent statement made by the United Nations human rights agency. The UN urged the Colombian government to take action against the attacks on leaders who are

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25 Nov 2019

Secret documents reveal how China mass detention camps work

A collection of recently leaked highly classified Chinese government documents referred to as the China cables sheds light on what goes on inside Chinese mass detention camps for Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities. While the Chinese government claims that people receive voluntary job training at the facilities, the China

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10 Oct 2019

Moroccan Activist Says NSO’s Elite Spy Tools Hacked His iPhone

A new report by Amnesty International accuses Israeli spyware vendor NSO Group of providing the Moroccan government with cyber espionage tools that were used to target a freedom of expression activist and a human rights lawyer in the country. The targets both received text messages containing malicious links that would

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08 Oct 2019

US blacklists 8 Chinese tech companies over human rights issues

The US Commerce Department has added 8 Chinese firms and 20 Chinese government agencies to its list of foreign entities that are considered a security risk, which means that US firms aren’t allowed to do business with those entities. The US “entity list” is the result of an executive order

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18 Mar 2019

China: High-Tech Surveillance Leads To 13,000 ‘Terrorist’ Arrests in Xinjiang

The Chinese government on Monday released a report in which it claims to have arrested 13,000 ‘terrorists’ in the Xinjiang province in the last five years. Various international organizations and foreign governments have accused Beijing of gross human rights violations in its treatment of the mostly Muslim Uyghur minority in

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14 Mar 2019

U.S. says China’s treatment of Muslim minority worst abuses ‘since the 1930s’

The US State Department on Wednesday released its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which outlined human rights abuses in countries like Iran, South Sudan, Nicaragua and China, with State Department officials singling out the latter as the worst performer. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that China

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27 Feb 2019

China Appoints Political ‘Rising Star’ to Oversee Security in Troubled Xinjiang

China has put Wang Junzheng, a political rising star, in charge of law and order in the Xinjiang province where the Uyghur Muslim minority is located. According to reports by various international media outlets, the Chinese government is structurally persecuting Uyghurs, for example by imprisoning them in “re-education” labor camps.

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15 Feb 2019

Chinese company leaves Muslim-tracking facial recognition database exposed online

A Dutch security researcher who specializes in finding unsecured MongoDB databases on the Internet, recently made a disturbing discovery when he stumbled upon a database used by a Chinese firm to track facial recognition data on 2,56,5724 citizens of the Xinjiang province where the oppressed Uyghur Muslim minority is located. The data

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28 Nov 2018

Indonesian app allows citizens to report ‘misguided’ religious beliefs

Technology is often lauded as a democratizing force, but its dark side as a new component in oppression has become increasingly visible. In a recent example, a new app in Indonesia, launched by the Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office, allows users to report “misguided” religious beliefs. The country has strict blasphemy laws and

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