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AFP: China detains Swedish human rights worker: group

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

AFP
12 Jan 2016

■ A Swedish man working for a human rights group in China has been detained on suspicion of endangering state security, another advocacy organisation said Tuesday, as Beijing steps up controls on civil society.

A man known as Peter Beckenridge, who worked for the Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, was detained at a Beijing airport on January 4, a spokeswoman for US-based charity Chinese Human Rights Defenders told AFP, citing associates of the man.

He was being held on a charge related to "endangering state security", the spokeswoman added.

The Chinese Urgent Action Working Group says online that it seeks to aid "human rights defenders in distress".

A document submitted by the group to the UN detailing "intimidation, surveillance, and house arrest to physical attacks, enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention" of activists listed Beckenridge as a contact.

A Beijing telephone number listed on the document went unanswered on Tuesday. China's foreign ministry said it was unaware of the case.
A man known as Peter Beckenridge, who worked for the
Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, was detained at a
Beijing airport on January 4, a spokeswoman for US-based
charity Chinese Human Rights Defenders told AFP
AFP/Goh Chai Hin

Sweden's embassy in Beijing said in an email that "a Swedish citizen, man in his mid-thirties, has been detained in China", adding: "The Embassy is investigating this."

China's ruling Communist Party under President Xi Jinping has stepped up a campaign against outspoken academics, lawyers and human rights activists, which has seen hundreds detained and dozens jailed.

It has also drafted a new law that would put overseas non-governmental organisations (NGOs) under close supervision by Chinese police while operating in the country.

Chinese state-run media often accuse foreign NGOs of undermining national security and trying to foment "colour revolution" against the Communist Party.

According to drafts of the law being considered by the Communist-controlled legislature, overseas NGOs will have to "partner" with at least one Chinese government department.

They will also have to submit "work plans" detailing their activities to Chinese police for approval, among other measures.

Overseas charities and business groups have said they believe the law will seriously restrict their operations in China, and the vague wording of its references to “security” has raised fears it could give police wide-ranging discretionary powers.


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