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Hong Kong Lawmakers Criticize ‘Arbitrary’ Arrests by Police

Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong say the city's police are continuing to make arbitrary arrests of citizens in the wake of protests against a planned coronavirus clinic in a Kowloon neighborhood. Democratic Party lawmaker Andrew Wan called on police officers to stop abusing their power, and asked Kwai Chung police commander John Tse to ap..

China Cracks Down on Wild Animal Trade as Coronavirus Goes Pandemic

The ruling Chinese Communist Party appears to be breaking with long-running culinary traditions, following a nationwide ban on the trade in wild animals, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which had infected nearly 170,000 people globally by Monday. A Feb. 24 decision by the National People's Congress (NPC) standing committee banned trade i..

Uyghur, Falun Gong Detainees Likely Source For China’s Organ Market: Report

Organs for sale on China’s transplant market are most likely illegally sourced from ethnic Uyghur and Falun Gong practitioner prisoners of conscience, according to a new report by a Washington-based rights group. The report by the Victims of Communism (VOC) Memorial Foundation said evidence of blood testing and medical examinations in custody sugg..

Riot Police Shove Journalists as Hong Kong Marks June 12 Police Violence

Hongkongers on Thursday marked the nine-month anniversary of attacks by riot police on unarmed protesters at the start of anti-extradition protests on June 12, 2019, as a State Department report hit out at widespread police violence and abuse of power during the protest movement. Large numbers of riot police converged on Kowloon's Mong Kok dis..

China Shuts Down Everest Route, Shifts Focus to Overseas Pandemic

China has shut down permits for Mt. Everest amid the coronavirus epidemic, as the ruling Chinese Communist Party's propaganda message focuses on 'imported cases' of COVID-19. Beijing has canceled permits for the Chinese side of the mountain, although the Nepal side remains open for the time being, although the country has suspended a..

North Korea Rush Orders Medical Supplies from China to Battle Coronavirus

Authorities in North Korea have put in a rush order for medical supplies necessary to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus from China, sources within the isolated country told RFA’s Korean Service. North Korea has yet to officially report a single confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, but state media recently reported ..

US Holocaust Museum Labels China’s Persecution of Uyghurs in Xinjiang ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

The Chinese government’s persecution of ethnic Uyghurs—including their mass detention in internment camps—constitutes “crimes against humanity,” according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, opening an avenue for what one expert said could be legal action in an international court of law. Speaking at an event on Thursday entitled “China’s Syste..

Tibetans in Nepal Urged Not to Observe March 10 Uprising Anniversary

The Tibetan Welfare Office in Nepal is urging Tibetan residents of the Himalayan country not to celebrate the March 10 anniversary of a 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule, saying Tibetans must follow local laws to avoid a crackdown by police. “Because the Nepali government tends not to allow Tibetans to observe the March 10 anniversary, we ..

Cambodia to Prioritize Combatting Coronavirus Impact on Economy Amid Raw Material Shortages

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday announced that his government is placing a priority on combatting the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on his country’s economy, which he said is expected to last for a year or more. COVID-19 has caused a severe disruption to the global supply chain originating in China, where more than 80,0..

Hong Kong Police Chief Says RTHK Show Could Make Public ‘Lose Confidence in Police’

Hong Kong's police chief has written to the city's public service broadcaster RTHK to complain about a satirical TV show, which it says will ruin the image of the city's police force. A Feb. 14 sketch in the TV comedy show "Headliner" had joked that officers are hoarding protective gear during the coronavirus outbreak, Police Commiss..

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