VOA News/Joyce Huang
In China, 2018 has been a year that rights defenders worldwide say was extremely repressive, particularly when it comes to religious persecution.
China’s communist party leadership has strongly defended its actions amid growing calls that its actions may constitute crimes against humanity.
Those actions include the internment of hundreds of thousands – perhaps more than a million – Muslims in Xinjiang, the demolition and shuttering of Christian churches nationwide and the systemic crackdown on dissidents.
«2018 has been a year of human rights disasters in China, where all walks of people have paid a dear price over rights abuses. In the past year, China has systemically enforced the most audacious ever persecution policies,» said Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the exile Germany-headquartered World Uighur Congress.