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China: Peaceful protesters targeted in Inner Mongolia

, Index number: ASA 17/3086/2020

At least 23 individuals have reportedly been arrested for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” for participating in, or sharing information about, peaceful protests against a recent “bilingual education policy” in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. On 2 September 2020, police in the Horqin District of Tongliao City published the names of 129 individuals suspected of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. The authorities have yet to release information about the whereabouts of arrested individuals. No person should be arrested solely for exercising rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.

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