AS China’s Xi Jinping tightens his iron grip on power, his government continues to murder its enemies and censor its people.
Since assuming power in 2012, President Xi and his Communist Party have presided over massive restrictions on basic human rights and freedom of expression.
In 2015, the UN Committee against Torture confirmed that the one-party state had failed to eliminate torture, enforced disappearances and deaths in custody.
China also holds the dubious title of being the world’s leader in executions although the exact number of its citizens which are killed remains a state secret.
The government, free from the restrictions of a democratic system, has introduced a Cybersecurity Law which clamps down on outlets which do not conform to the party line, reports Human Rights Watch.
The world second largest economy has long limited its citizens’ access to information online.
Most notably, the regime has wiped away any trace of the 1989 massacre in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square where hundreds, and possibly thousands, of anti-government protesters were murdered.
The Communist Party continues to use so-called “black jails” – free from any kind of judicial process – to imprison petitioners and political activists, reports Time.com.
President Xi has also introduced his controversial “tigers and flies” anti-corruption campaign which he has used to eliminate political opponents.
The campaign has led to accusations of torture, coerced confessions and even suicides by those who are being investigated.
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Many civil society groups have also been shut under Xi’s authoritarian rule as the government seeks to stomp out any collective which may gain some kind of political power.
An example of this was the domestic abuse group the Beijing Zhongze Women’s Legal Counselling and Service Centre – an organisation which had operated for more than two decades but was closed by police in 2016.
China is also regularly named as the “world’s worst jailer of the press” by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
The Communist Party also restricts religious practice to five religions which are recognised by the state.
Many other faiths are classed as “evil cults” while President Xi warned against “overseas infiltrations through religious means,” in 2016.