Human Rights


Human Rights

Surveillance, cultural erasure, and other human rights violations

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Data Projects:

ASPI Xinjiang Data Project
ASPI’s Xinjiang Data Project documents the human rights situation facing Uyghurs and other non-Han nationalities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The database uses open source data including satellite imagery, Chinese and Uyghur-language documents, official government statistics and a range of authoritative reports and academic studies.

Xinjiang Victims Database
A crowdfunded database of testimonies from victims of the mass incarcerations of ethnic minority citizens in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The database documents primary evidence and includes various tools to analyze the data.

ChinaFile: State of Surveillance
ChinaFile’s State of Surveillance is a database that documents and analyzes some 76,000 government procurement notices and corresponding documents related to the purchases of surveillance technology by both central and local governments in China.

ProPublica: Inside the Firewall
Every day since November 17, 2014, ProPublica’s Inside the Firewall has been testing whether homepages of international news organizations are accessible to browse inside China. 

Papers and Reports:

China’s Algorithms of Repression: Reverse Engineering a Xinjiang Police Mass Surveillance App by Human Rights Watch. HRW also created interactive site showing how the IJOP app works (May 2019).

Sterilizations, IUDs, and Mandatory Birth Control: The CCP’s Campaign to Suppress Uyghur Birthrates in Xinjiang by Dr. Adrian Zenz, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Report published in The Jamestown Foundation (June 2020).

Xinjiang’s System of Militarized Vocational Training Comes to Tibet by Dr. Adrian Zenz, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Article published in The Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief (September 22, 2020).

Annual Persecution Report by ChinaAid. The 2019 report was published on February 28, 2020.


NPC Observer
NPC Observer is a blog that focuses on the activities of China’s national legislative bodies: the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the NPC Standing Committee.

China Media Bulletin
Freedom House’s monthly China Media Bulletin provides insight on censorship, media freedom, and internet freedom issues related to the People’s Republic of China.

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