On World Press Freedom Day, China must account for disappeared photojournalist Lu Guang

Published 3 May 2019 at Hong Kong Free Press, here. Today is World Press Freedom Day. Every year, 3 May is a day to celebrate the principles of press freedom, but also to defend journalists from attacks and to remember those who have suffered because of their commitment to the free flow of ideas by … More On World Press Freedom Day, China must account for disappeared photojournalist Lu Guang

At Davos, the message of ‘Globalization 4.0’ must include a rebuke of China’s ethnic cleansing in Xinjiang

Published 21 January 2019 at Hong Kong Free Press, here. China is engaged in what increasingly resembles crimes against humanity in Xinjiang. This includes the mass internment of one million Uyghur, Kazakh, and other Muslim minorities, forced labour, torture, and efforts to destroy their unique cultural identity. Such abhorrent practices must be denounced and denied a place in the next wave of … More At Davos, the message of ‘Globalization 4.0’ must include a rebuke of China’s ethnic cleansing in Xinjiang

China thinks it can arbitrarily detain anyone. It is time for change

Published 4 January 2019 at the Guardian, here. Canada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, has called China’s detention of Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor a “worrying precedent” but for many China watchers it is all too familiar. It reminds us of the detentions of other foreign citizens, such as Canadian Kevin Garratt, Briton Peter Humphrey, … More China thinks it can arbitrarily detain anyone. It is time for change

Something to hide? This Christmas, it was not a rights lawyer on trial, but the Chinese legal system itself

Published 30 December 2018 at Hong Kong Free Press, here. After more than three and a half years of incommunicado detention, Wang Quanzhang has finally faced trial, but little is known of exactly what happened during the closed-door proceedings other than he fired his state-approved lawyer within minutes. We had only first learned about his … More Something to hide? This Christmas, it was not a rights lawyer on trial, but the Chinese legal system itself

Fan Bingbing’s disappearance shows no one is safe from Beijing

Published 25 September 2018 at CNN, here. We know that China often disappears and abuses human rights defenders but when it can disappear even one of its most famous celebrities, the threat of enforced disappearance looms over anyone China claims within its jurisdiction. Fan Bingbing, one of China’s most famous actresses, known internationally for films … More Fan Bingbing’s disappearance shows no one is safe from Beijing

China’s crimes against humanity you’ve never heard of

Published 26 July 2018 at CNN, here. I first visited Xinjiang, in northwest China, in July 2009, returning to Beijing only days before demonstrations in the region’s capital, Urumqi, turned deadly. Police responded to the violence with a massive crackdown, and detentions or disappearances ranged into the thousands. To control the spread of information, internet access … More China’s crimes against humanity you’ve never heard of

Empowered by Liu Xia’s release, it is time to redouble the call for others’ freedom in China

Published 15 July 2018 at Hong Kong Free Press, here. Liu Xia, widow of Chinese human rights defender and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, days before the anniversary of her husband’s death, landed in Germany this week. After years of unconscionable treatment, she deserves her freedom—she should never have lost it in the first … More Empowered by Liu Xia’s release, it is time to redouble the call for others’ freedom in China

The ‘Tiananmen sanctions’ should be strengthened, not lifted

Published 5 June at CNN, here. The US-China trade war may be heating up, with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross departing China Sunday with no clear end to negotiations. One of China’s long term goals in any trade negotiations with the US has been the lifting of what remains of an embargo put in place following the 1989 Tiananmen … More The ‘Tiananmen sanctions’ should be strengthened, not lifted

Chinese media participate in forced confessions, treat them like agents of the state

Published 4 May 2018 at CNN, here. In late April, Chinese Central Television (CCTV) broadcast a video confession by China-born Canadian citizen Chen Zhiheng and his brother. In the video, the twins denounce a Chinese billionaire, Guo Wengui, currently in the United States where he is seeking political asylum after publicizing allegations of corruption against … More Chinese media participate in forced confessions, treat them like agents of the state

Swedish bookseller’s disappearance in China is just the tip of the iceberg

Published 26 January 2018 at CNN, here. On Saturday, Chinese security forces abducted Swedish publisher Gui Minhai from a Beijing-bound train in front of two diplomats. His whereabouts remain unknown. Imagine, to be disappeared even under the protection of your own consular officials. In a firmly worded statement on Tuesday, Margot Wallström, Sweden’s foreign minister, demanded … More Swedish bookseller’s disappearance in China is just the tip of the iceberg