Led by China, more countries targeting citizens abroad: US study

A US democracy research group, Freedom House, has reported that an increasing number of countries, including China, Turkey and Russia, are using abductions, violence and deportations to silence dissent among their citizens living abroad. The report identified 854 direct incidents of “transnational repression” carried out by 38 governments since 2014, with China responsible for 30% of all cases. The report calls for governments to develop plans to stop transnational repression, including targeted sanctions and restricting security assistance. Bangladesh and Djibouti were identified as first-time perpetrators in 2022.