YouTube blocks videos of human rights abuses in China

Atajurt Kazakh Human Rights reports that YouTube has removed their videos of human rights violations in Xinjiang province, where there have been previously reported cases of disappearances. The removed video was flagged as “in violation of the anti-harassment policy.” On June 15, the organization’s channel was completely blocked.

Before the blocking, the YouTube platform repeatedly turned to Atajurt Kazakh Human Rights with a demand to cover up or cut out from the video the moments in which the documents of the relatives of the disappeared are distinguishable. However, AKHR refused to comply with the request, saying it would harm the credibility of the footage. The organization has previously uploaded video evidence of human rights violations in correctional camps in Xinjiang Province.

Some videos have been restored after numerous appeals, some are still unavailable. Human rights activists are actively posting backups of their videos on the Odysee blockchain platform.

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