Spike in China’s efforts to deter dissent, block ideas

  23 November 2019

There has been a spike in reported attacks on students and scholars in China over the past year, aimed at “eliminating dissent and restricting the flow of ideas”, according to Scholars at Risk or SAR’s Free to Think 2019 report.

A resurgence of student activism not seen on the mainland since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests has been met with swift punishment by police, the report says, with a growing number of students detained and some disappeared.

Scholars have been “arrested, prosecuted and targeted with disciplinary measures, including dismissal, for their research, teaching and online expression”, the report says.

“Meanwhile, authorities continue the mass detention of members of China’s ethnic minority communities, including many scholars and students, at so-called ‘re-education camps’ scattered throughout the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region.”

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