Caixin
Nov 30, 2022 08:22 PM
CHINA

Analysis: The Controversial Role of Residential Committees in China’s Covid Enforcement

Community workers put up home isolation seals on the door of a resident who returned to Beijing from a high-risk area for getting infected with Covid-19. Photo: VCG
Community workers put up home isolation seals on the door of a resident who returned to Beijing from a high-risk area for getting infected with Covid-19. Photo: VCG

In the past three years of China’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, one grassroots organization has played a central role in assisting the government with implementing numerous disease control measures, including sealing off communities and confining residents, at neighborhoods across the country: the so-called “residential committees (居民委员会).”

While residential committees also carry out mass testing and organize patient transfers within communities, multiple legal professionals told Caixin that the enforcement measures constitute a violation of the law as these groups do so without legal and public authorization.

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