Concerns mount in China over missing MeToo and labour rights activists

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A prominent women’s rights activist and civil society member has gone missing in China’s southern city of Guangzhou. Some are seeing this as another example of China’s clout on human rights.

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Friends and family members of MeToo activist Huang Xueqin and labor rights campaigner Wang Jianbing fear they have been detained by police. His friends told that he lost contact with both the workers on the afternoon of 19 September.

Ms Huang was reportedly planning to leave Guangzhou for the UK on 20 September to start a master’s program at the University of Sussex under a Chevening scholarship. Her friend Mr. Wang had planned to drop her off at the airport.

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Chinese rights group Weikenwang said, “According to people familiar with the matter, Wang Jianbing may have been detained under investigation for inciting to destroy state power, mainly at his daily gathering of friends at home.” because of.”

This was repeated by the friends of the workers. The allegation of “inciting the subversion of state power” is often used against members of civil society to suppress their voices.

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A friend of Mr. Wang was recently called by the police to inquire about these gatherings. He said Haizu district police in Guangzhou may have detained Mr. Wang.

“We are concerned about the safety and whereabouts of our student. A spokesman for the University of Sussex said: “Our staff is in contact with Chevening to obtain more information.” south china morning post.

China human rights defenderA non-governmental organization headquartered in Washington has asked Chinese officials to find the activists. “If they are in official custody, release them immediately and unconditionally,” the organization said.

Anticipating that the clout on activists may intensify ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February 2022, senior researcher Ramona Lee said: “Any efforts to form official unions, assemble peacefully, or build communities of mutual support.” Going after them, apparently seeing them as a threat to national security.”

Ms Huang, who is also a journalist, was arrested in 2019 for writing about pro-democracy protests in China-administered Hong Kong in Guangdong province. The government accused him of “raising quarrels and causing trouble”. The 33-year-old was released in January 2020.

She became a prominent figure in the country’s MeToo movement in 2018, when she helped sexual assault survivors share their stories.

Mr. Wang previously served as director of the Western Sunlight Foundation’s rural education program, where he expanded his service to underdeveloped areas. He was involved in providing assistance for the welfare of youth, people with disabilities and workers due to the health condition of their work environment.

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