Fang Ran: the haunting case of the Hong Kong labour rights researcher held in China

Fang Ran was not alarmed when his belongings, including his phone, computer and ID card, were confiscated by state security agents in southern China in June.The 26-year-old doctoral student at the University of Hong Kong was a Communist Party member and had often been “invited to tea”, a euphemism for informal questioning, by security personnel.Fang’s research on the labour movement in China put him on the radar of agencies from his hometown of Nanning in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region…


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