97: Watching China’s Human Rights

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Summary: Sophie Richardson (Human Rights Watch) joins Keynes and Bown in a wide-ranging conversation about human rights in China. They begin with basic human rights before turning to recent Chinese government efforts to surveil, detain and politically re-educate hundreds of thousands of Uighurs – the minority Turkic and Muslim community – in Xinjiang province. They also describe the concerns driving the Hong Kong protests, how countries and the United Nations Human Rights Council could hold the Chinese government accountable, as well as how the international approach to China on human rights issues is influenced by the connection between the Chinese and global economies. Read more… Human Rights Watch. “Eradicating Ideological Viruses: China’s Campaign of Repression Against Xinjiang’s Muslims.” September 9, 2018.United Nations Human Rights Council. Universal Periodic Review – China. Last accessed, 22 August 2019.