The Chinese government tried to silence them. It backfired.

March 03, 2024

She had almost forgotten about the petition, a critique of the Chinese government that she had posted online months earlier. Such allegations of transnational repression are “groundless and malicious defamation,” the Chinese Embassy in London said in a statement in January. At a regular U.N. review of China’s human rights record in January, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Council, Michèle Taylor, listed “transnational repression to silence individuals abroad” among Washington’s issues of concern. The severity and type of transnational repression varies widely depending on the countries in which critics live and the relationships their governments have with China, Human Rights Watch says. (Xie, who is still in detention, has yet to be tried, according to the U.S.-based advocacy group China Human Rights Defenders.)

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