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Widespread Abuse And Discrimination Of Africans In China Over Covid-19, Human Rights Watch Says

Updated: May 8, 2020

After many weeks of allegations by Africans and human rights groups worldwide, of harassment and discrimination of Africans living in Guangzhou city and elsewhere in China over covid-19, and persistent dismissal of the allegations by Chinese authorities, findings of an investigation by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) have strongly supported the allegations. That was reported by some media on May 5, 2020.

According to the reports, HRW in its investigation about the allegations, found that Africans in Guangzhou city have been subjected to forced quarantines, evictions, and refusal of services on grounds of covid-19. Also, HRW found that Africans and people of African descent are targeted by police throughout China.

Accordingly, HRW has called on the government of China to end the discrimination of Africans in the guise of the new coronavirus pandemic. Furthermore, HRW has urged the government of China to ensure protection of Africans and people of African descent living in China from discrimination especially in the sectors of housing and employment, among others.

The abuse and discrimination of Africans by Chinese authorities over a virus that is said to have originated either in a meat market or a laboratory in Wuhan, is absolutely appalling and unacceptable. As such, it should be condemned in the strongest way worldwide. Above all, it should trigger appropriate retaliatory response from African countries, especially those countries that are supporting China's manufacturing industries with natural resources.


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