Dissidents Urge UN Against Cyber-Censorship

Originally published by Scoop, 13 March 2010

Press Release: Geneva Summit 

Dissidents Urge UN To Endorse Declaration Against Cyber-Censorship

Cites Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam issidents Issue Call for Internet Freedom

GENEVA, March 12, 2010 – Marking the first World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, a global coalition of dissidents, non-governmental organizations and human rights activists submitted a new declaration on internet freedom to the United Nations, urging its endorsement by the world body.

The Geneva Declaration on Internet Freedom (click here for text), drafted by a committee of dissidents headed by two well-known political prisoners—Yang Jianli of China and Ahmad Batebi of Iran—calls for the protection of human rights activists imprisoned for social or political expression posted on blogs and other websites.

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China Denies Uighur Spying Links

Originally published by Radio Sweden, 9 March 2010

 The Chinese Government denies any involvement in espionage against refugees of Uighur origin in Sweden. Monday’s conviction in the Stockholm District Court of a 62-year-old Uighur is “sheer nonsense”, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman told the news agency Reuters.

 According to the court, the man from the Turkic-speaking region in northwest China had passed on information about the health, travels and political leanings of other exiled Uighurs in Sweden to a diplomat and journalist, who was working for the Chinese intelligence service.

The information, the court said, “could cause significant damage to Uighurs in and outside China.” And the crimes – committed from January 2008 through June 2009 – were branded “especially egregious due to the fact that the espionage served a large power that does not fully respect human rights.”

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Uighur Vs Chinese, E. Turkistan Vs Xinjiang

Originally published by Islam Online, 3 March 2010

CAIRO — Chinese Muslims and Xinjiang are not the accurate terms to describe the Uighur people and their autonomous region in northwestern China, a leading advocacy group insists.

“Uighurs are not, in fact, ‘Chinese Muslims’, and this term is inaccurate and misleading,” the Washington-based Uighur American Association (UAA) said in statement mailed to IslamOnline.net on Wednesday, March 3.

It said the nearly 10 million Uighurs who live within China are ethnically and culturally distinct from the dominant Han ethnic group.

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Researcher Barred from China

Originally published by RFA, 1 March 2010

HONG KONG—Chinese authorities have barred a Japanese researcher studying the ethnic minority Uyghur people from entering the country, detaining her for two hours after her plane landed in Beijing and then sending her home, the researcher said.

Naoko Mizutani, a lecturer at Chuo University and author of a book about the Uyghur people, landed Feb. 27 at Beijing Capital Airport from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

“I felt something was wrong when I boarded the airplane in Japan, because the plane was delayed for an hour before departure—we were informed that it was because Beijing Airport was busy,” she said in an interview.

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Pro-independence group again invites Kadeer to visit

Originally published by Radio Taiwan International, 12 February 2010

A pro-Taiwan independence group said Friday it has again invited Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer to visit Taiwan. That’s after a previous trip was prevented by the government over concerns it would provoke China.

Head of the organization Guts United Taiwan, Freddy Lim, extended the invitation when he met Kadeer in Washington on Wednesday.

The group said in a statement that Kadeer wished very much to visit Taiwan for DVD release of the Chinese version of her biopic, The Ten Conditions of Love. The DVD is scheduled to be released in Taiwan in March.

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ABC boss denies caving in to China on Uighur documentary

Originally published by The Australian, 10 February 2010

ABC managing director Mark Scott has described as “absolutely ludicrous” suggestions the corporation buckled under pressure from China not to broadcast a controversial Australian documentary about Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer.

But Mr Scott’s claim that the film The 10 Conditions of Love was never “locked in” for screening appeared at odds with an ABC email sent to its producer, John Lewis, apologising for shelving the original broadcast date of December 17.

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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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