The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged the Chinese government to end discriminatory treatment of Africans related to the coronavirus pandemic and to call on the authorities to protect Africans and people from them. African descent across China due to discrimination in workplaces, living space and other areas.
According to the HRW, the Chinese authorities launched a campaign in early April 2020 to test the coronavirus against Africans in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, which has the largest African community in China. .
They were also directed to isolate or quarantine certain hotels, but the owners later evicted them and forced many of them to sleep on the streets. At the same time, hotels, shops and restaurants rejected African customers. “Other foreign groups were generally not treated similarly,” criticized the NGO.
In addition, on April 12, the Guangdong authorities announced that all foreigners in the province would have to accept “measures to contain and prevent Covid-19”, including “testing, sampling and quarantine”. In practice, however, the authorities have only approached Africans for forced testing and quarantine.