China: Reverse Downward Rights Spiral

Human Rights Watch, 28 January 2016

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Human Rights Watch  The Chinese government stepped up its repression of human rights defenders and abused police and state powers in the name of national security, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. Since President Xi Jinping assumed power in March 2013, his government has stepped up its hostility toward peaceful dissent, freedoms of expression and religion, and the rule of law.

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China Shutters Uyghur Websites For ‘Harming Ethnic Unity’

Radio Free Asia, 28 January 2016

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RFA Uyghur Service  Chinese authorities have shut down two websites aimed at the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic group in recent weeks, placing their management under investigation for “harming ethnic unity,” the Xinjiang regional Internet office said in a statement.

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Scarlet Mimic, Chinese Hacking Group, Suspected Of Surveillance Campaign Against Tibetan, Uyghur Minorities

International Business Times, 27 January 2016

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By Jeff Stone  Cybersecurity researchers have unveiled new evidence on a possible Chinese government hacking operation that has monitored Tibetan and Uyghur communities. The campaign, dubbed Scarlet Mimic, has been active for at least four years and has employed sophisticated surveillance techniques on minority groups with strained government relations.

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China Extends Intensive Surveillance Program in Tibet: Human Right Watch

Central Tibetan Administration, 27 January 2016

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Central Tibet Administration  Chinese authorities have indefinitely extended an intensive surveillance program in villages across the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) that was due to end in 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. There are indications that the “village-based cadre teams” (zhucun gongzuodui) scheme, which is unprecedented in China, will become permanent, it added.

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Chinese Journalist Seeking Refuge in Thailand Disappears

The New York Times, 26 January 2016

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By Chris Buckley and Thomas Fuller – A Chinese journalist who was traveling across Thailand on a frantic quest for political refuge messaged his wife recently to say that he would soon reach the border with Laos. Two weeks ago, the journalist, Li Xin, disappeared.

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Single group of hackers targets Uyghur, Tibetan activists

IT World, 25 January 2016

By Jeremy Kirk – cyberspy-100612672-primary.idgeA years-long campaign of seemingly disparate cyberattacks against Tibetan and Uyghur activists likely comes from a single group of hackers, according to a seven-month study by Palo Alto Networks.

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Scarlet Mimic: Years-Long Espionage Campaign Targets Minority Activists

Palo Alto Networks, 24 January 2016

scarlet1By Robert Falcone & Jen Miller-Osborn – Over the past seven months, Unit 42 has been investigating a series of attacks we attribute to a group we have code named “Scarlet Mimic.” The attacks began over four years ago and their targeting pattern suggests that this adversary’s primary mission is to gather information about minority rights activists.

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Treatment of Foreigners in China a ‘Worrying Trend,’ E.U. Envoy Says

The New York Times, 22 January 2016

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By Didi Kirsten Tatlow  To the list of people expressing grave concern about the recent treatment of several foreigners by the Chinese government, add the chief European Union representative in China.

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