China has been accused of persecuting citizens living abroad for political activism

China has been accused of persecuting citizens living abroad for political activism
China has been accused of persecuting citizens living abroad for political activism

China does not tolerate political opposition and uses sophisticated technical measures and intimidation to crack down on domestic protesters and activists.

In addition, Beijing’s crackdown on political activism is increasingly spreading abroad in the form of “transnational repression,” according to the Amnesty International report, which cited interviews with dozens of students in eight European and North American countries.

Study abroad students have reported receiving threats from family members in China after they attended events abroad, including commemorations of the bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, the report said.

“In mainland China, family members have been threatened with having their passports confiscated, fired from their jobs, denied promotions and pensions, or even restricted in their physical freedom,” it said.

The students also said they were blocked from texting and tracked on Chinese social apps, often the only way to communicate with family members because of Beijing’s internet firewall.

One student told Amnesty International that the police showed his parents ‘transcripts of his online WeChat conversations with family members’.

“Atmosphere of Fear”

Students said they actively censor themselves in lectures and interactions with people, and complained of mental health problems caused by the feeling of constant surveillance, “from stress and trauma to paranoia and depression.”

“I would really like to publish my thesis… but I’m worried, so I decided not to,” one student told Amnesty.

Beijing has not yet responded to Monday’s report.

But he has previously dismissed claims that he is targeting citizens living abroad, insisting that he respects the sovereignty of other countries and that any law enforcement operations are carried out in accordance with the law.

A report last year by US think tank Freedom House found that since 2014, China was responsible for hundreds of cases of “transnational repression”, including attempts to pressure other countries to forcibly return members of the Uyghur ethnic minority.

Amnesty International said on Monday that Beijing’s targeting of students had “created a ‘climate of fear’ on university campuses across Western Europe and North America and adversely affected the human rights of students”.

“The impact of China’s transnational repression poses a serious threat to the free exchange of ideas that underpins academic freedom,” said Sarah Brooks, Amnesty International’s China director.

The article is in Lithuanian

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