Peace and Freedom


Policemen try to take away Zhang Qingfang, center, a lawyer representing Xu Zhiyong, a legal scholar who founded the New Citizens advocacy group, in Beijing in 2014. Members of the group have gone to jail after criticizing the government. (Andy Wong/AP)

By Simon Denyer
The Washington Post

— China’s state security apparatus has turned its sights on foreign nongovernmental organizations and their domestic partners, which are now bracing for a crackdown.

A new law emanating from President Xi Jinping’s National Security Commission that would regulate overseas NGOs has raised alarm among people who are working here to fight discrimination, improve health or education, or stick up for workers’ rights.

Viewed under the new draft law less as partners of the government and more as a security risk, local advocates fear harassment and arrest; foreigners fear anything from restrictions on their activities to expulsion. A copy of the draft…

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