Originally published by Amnesty International, 5 February 2010

The police crackdown on peaceful Uighur demonstrations in Urumqi in July 2009 echoed incidents from the past, including the violent repression of a Uighur protest in Gulja (Chinese: Yining) 13 years ago in February 1997.

During the intervening years, the Chinese authorities have failed to effectively address Uighurs’ long-standing grievances about discrimination and widespread violations of their economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights.

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‘Returning Refugees: Extradition to Torture’ UNPO Panel in Rome

UNPO, 4 February 2010


UNPO — This Friday 5th February, UNPO will be hosting a conference on the topic of non-refoulement of refugees in the Chamber of Deputies in Rome. The conference has been organised as part of the 8th Session of the UNPO Presidency.

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China warns against Obama-Dalai Lama meeting

Originally published by The Washington Post, 3 February 2010

BEIJING (Reuters) – China warned President Barack Obama on Wednesday that a meeting between him and the Dalai Lama would further erode ties between the two powers, already troubled by Washington’s arms sales to Taiwan.

The White House confirmed on Tuesday that Obama will meet the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader reviled by Beijing as a “separatist” for seeking self-rule for his homeland.

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Interview with Uighur Leader Rebiya Kadeer: The Dragon Fighter Speaks Up – Part 1

Originally published by Islam Online, 2 February 2010

In a glass-walled meeting room in an ultra-modern furnished building, just across the street from the White House, a woman in a brown coat and a distinctive Doppa cap came in. She looked Asian, yet not much Chinese, but different from most of the Asians I have known.

When she spoke, she was not using an Asian language, but a Turkic one. Her passport is supposed to say “Chinese”, but clearly she was not one, at least for me.

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Report: China increases media controls in 2009

Originally published by The Washington Post, 1 February 2010

BEIJING — China tried to increase control over its domestic media in 2009, issuing orders not to cover several topics including ethnic rioting in Xinjiang and corruption by government officials, an international press freedom group said.

In the report released Sunday by the Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists, the group gave details on 62 specific orders issued to local media between January and November 2009 that illustrate the wide range of subjects deemed sensitive by the Chinese government.

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Uighurs returned to China ‘disappear’ says rights group

Originally published by BBC, 29 January 2010

China must account for the whereabouts of ethnic Uighurs forcibly repatriated from Cambodia, a US-based rights group has said.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said such groups had “disappeared into a black hole” on their return to China.

The Uighurs fled to Cambodia after mass ethnic riots in China in July. Beijing has referred to them as criminals.

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China cracks down on text messaging in Xinjiang

Originally published by The Guardian, 29 January 2010

Residents punished for spreading rumours and ‘splittist’ messages within days of services being switched back on.

Authorities in China’s troubled north-western region of Xinjiang have punished residents for spreading rumours and “splittist” content via text messages, within days of turning services back on, according to local media.

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US seeks China transparency in Xinjiang trials

Originally published by AFP, 28 January 2010

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Thursday urged China to be more transparent in its trials in the Xinjiang region as courts handed down more death sentences over last year’s deadly ethnic unrest.

The State Department voiced disappointment that China did not agree to US requests to observe the court proceedings.

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