Daily Archives: 02/10/2021

Missing citizen journalist/former lawyer in China finally reappears 601 days later


He said he can’t reveal much about what happened to him.

Chen Qiushi is a citizen journalist and former human rights lawyer who went to Wuhan, China, two years ago to document the situation soon after an outbreak of Covid-19 cases was reported there.

He did so despite knowing that he had already attracted the attention of authorities, who had shut down his WeChat account and banned him from leaving the country, after he reported on the Hong Kong protests in 2019.

Resurfaced after around 601 days

But after saying on Twitter that he would go check out the situation at some makeshift “square cabin” hospitals, in response to a claim that the hospitals lacked medical facilities and other basic supplies, Chen disappeared from public view.

His Twitter reply on Feb. 5, 2020, was his last online activity before he dropped off the radar.

A day after, his mother took over his Twitter account, and asked social media users to look for him.

She also started to post daily pleas for Chen to return to his family, which went on for 601 days before Chen finally reappeared on a YouTube livestream on Friday night, Sep. 30.

The livestream was hosted by his friend, controversial MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong, who claimed after Chen went missing, that he was “forcibly quarantined” at an unknown location, and that he was uncontactable.




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Greece Temporarily Hosts 26 Female Lawyers From Afghanistan


Greece Temporarily Hosts 26 Female Lawyers From Afghanistan - Foreign Ministry

A group of 26 female lawyers and judges, along with their families, have arrived in Greece from Afghanistan and will stay there temporarily before being resettled in other countries, the Greek Foreign Ministry said Friday

A group of 26 female lawyers and judges, along with their families, have arrived in Greece from Afghanistan and will stay there temporarily before being resettled in other countries, the Greek Foreign Ministry said Friday.

“Twenty-six women judges and lawyers, accompanied by their family members, arrived in Athens last night via Tbilisi,” the ministry said in a statement.

The women and their families will stay in Greece until “the process for their transfer and settlement in other Western countries that have expressed their willingness to accept them is completed,” according to the ministry.

Earlier in SeptemberAthens accepted seven former Afghan female lawmakers with their families pending their resettlement in the United States.

In both cases, the Greek Foreign Ministry has been working with the Migration and Asylum Ministry to ensure that the country welcomes a certain amount of Afghan migrants who fled their homeland in fear of the Taliban (a terrorist group, banned in Russia), as stipulated by Greece‘s international humanitarian assistance commitments.