US won’t forgive Lon Nol debt

Originally published by Phnom Penh Post, 10 February 2010

The United States has no plans to forgive Cambodia’s decades-old debt, a senior US diplomat said Tuesday, after Cambodian officials renewed requests for the country’s Lon Nol-era debt to be erased from the books.

Speaking to reporters near the end of a brief visit to Cambodia on Tuesday, Scot Marciel, the US Ambassador for ASEAN affairs and the deputy assistant secretary of state for its East Asia and Pacific bureau, said his government’s stance on the issue had changed little, despite repeated requests.

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China sees an array of Internet threats and moves to tighten control

Originally published by My Digital FC, 9 February 2010

Deep inside a Chinese military engineering institute in September 2008, a researcher took a break from his duties and decided — against official policy — to check his private e-mail. Among the new arrivals was an electronic holiday greeting card, purportedly from a state defense office.

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ABC caught in Chinese diplomacy controversy

Originally published by Encore Magazine, 9 February 2010

John Lewis, producer of the controversial documentary The 10 Conditions of Love, hopes that the ABC will air the documentary soon and laments that Chinese pressure is making his doco ‘unsellable’.

“I’ll be very clear about this. I can simply say I hope that [a diplomatic reason] is not the case,” Lewis told Encore.

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Press Release drawing attention to severity of returning refugees to the countries in which they face prosecution and torture.

Originally published by UNPO, 9 February 2010

A conference entitled ‘Returning Refugees: Extradition to Torture’  took place in the Sala delle Colonne della Camera dei Deputati, Rome last Friday [5th February 2010] drawing international attention to the gravity of returning individuals seeking asylum to states where they face perseuction and torture.

The conference was opened by Senator Marco Perduca who contextualized the issue by citing that 747,000 people worldwide are currently estimated to need resettlement. Chairperson of the first panel, the Hon Matteo Meccacci MP, Human Rights Rapporteur for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly stressed that non-refoulement is not only a form of hospitality,

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Turkish World Cinema Days to Be Held In Istanbul

Originally published by Turkish Weekly, 8 February 2010

“The 4th Turkish World Cinema Days” will be held in Istanbul from February 15 to 18.

Numerous awarded movies from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region, Bashkortostan and Tatarstan will be screened during the festival which aims at highligting the common culture of the participating countries, officials said in a written statement on Monday.

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Urumqi’s Winter of Discontent: Chinese authorities anticipate more Uyghur unrest over the year’s biggest holiday

Originally published by Radio Free Asia, 8 February 2010

HONG KONG—Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang are scaling up security measures, recruiting new personnel and increasing checks and searches ahead of the Lunar New Year festivities next week.

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Meeting highlights plight of refugees

Originally published by Phnom Penh Post, 8 February 2010

A CONFERENCE highlighting the plight of Khmer Krom, Uighur and Hmong refugees held Friday in Rome has drawn international attention to ongoing problems faced by a group of Khmer Krom refugees in Cambodia.

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Palau willing to take remaining Guantanamo Uighurs

Originally published by AFP, 8 February 2010

KOROR (AFP) – Palau’s President Johnson Toribiong said his country was willing to take the remaining five Uighurs being held at the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay.

“We have an outstanding invitation to the remaining Uighurs in Guantanamo,” Toribiong told journalists Monday.

Last week US lawyer Susan Baker Manning, a lawyer representing one of the five men, said she understood there was no offer from the Pacific island state to take the men.

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