China’s Automated Repression: Daily Brief

UN should continue to monitor Burundi; proposed legislation could further restrict rights in Russia; Egypt should free detained journalists; new Tunisia law will increase violence against LGBT people; UNICEF calls for protection of education during the pandemic; jailing a whistleblower in Myanmar; the cost of corruption; and Uganda’s cycle of electoral violence.

China is mis-using big data for policing in the Xinjiang region, targeting Turkic Muslims. The vast majority of the people flagged by the system are detained for everyday lawful, non-violent behavior.

Despite initial hopes of reforms, reports of killings, disappearances and arbitrary arrests continue in Burundi. The UN Security Council should continue monitoring the situation.

If passed, these two laws would further restrict freedom of assembly in Russia.


Journalism is not a crime, Egypt should free dozens of journalists currently in prison because they chose to report important news.


Instead of granting more power to the police, the Tunisian government should decriminalize same-sex conduct and protect LGBT people from discrimination and police violence.


UNICEF has called on governments to prioritize the reopening of schools, take all actions possible to make classrooms as safe as they can be and avoid nationwide school closures during the pandemic.

Myanmar court has sentenced a woman to nine months in prison at hard labor because she claimed that she and her family were pressured to vote for the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party.


Corruption bleeds billions of dollars from governments, with citizens paying the price of lack of public services such as education and healthcare.


And finally, will the international community finally check Uganda’s electoral violence?