EU: Suspend China Human Rights Dialogue

Human Rights Watch, 19 June 2017

Human Rights Watch — The European Union should cancel its upcoming human rights dialogue with China and suspend the exchange until the meetings can bring genuine human rights improvements, seven human rights organizations said today. The next EU-China human rights dialogue is scheduled for June 22-23, 2017, in Brussels.

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Greece blocks EU’s criticism at UN of China’s human rights record

The Guardian, 18 June 2017

By Helena Smith — Greece has vetoed a European Union condemnation of China’s human rights record at the UN, infuriating diplomats and rights organisations, who said the move undermined the EU’s position as a defender of human rights.

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China’s dangerous ethnic policies in Xinjiang

East Asia Forum, 13 June 2017

An ethnic Uighur looks at the old town in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, 23 March 2017. (Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter).

By Ben Hillman — In the latest tightening of the screws on China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region, authorities have banned the use of several baby names, including Muhammad, Haji, Islam and Imam.

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Tell us what happened to the two “Tank Men”

Initiatives for China, 4 June 2017

Initiatives for China  June 4th, 1989. Tiananmen Square, Beijing. A man holding grocery bags steps in front of a heavily armed tank, one of many sent to crush pro-democracy protests. The tank tries to maneuver around him. He doesn’t let it. Cameras capture it all, and the world awakens to the Chinese struggle for democracy.

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Weekly Brief June 2nd

World Uyghur Congress, 2 June 2017

World Uyghur Congress Joins Demonstration in Brussels

The World Uyghur Congress, along with International Campaign for Tibet as well as a number of other NGOs, participated in a demonstration on June 2nd at Schuman Circle, Brussels. The demonstration brought together members of the Uyghur and Tibetan communities along with representatives from European Parliament, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Federation for Human Rights, among others.

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County in China’s troubled Xinjiang pays generous ‘stability’ rewards

South China Morning Post, 18 April 2017

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By Nectar Gan — A county in China’s troubled Xinjiang province has given 16 police officers and two members of the public just over 1 million yuan (US$160,000 or HK$1.12 million) for their contributions to helping maintain stability.

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China official admonishes fellow Uighur cadres for ‘anti-terror’ failings

Reuters, 6 April 2017

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By Christian Shepherd — A senior Uighur official in China’s restive western region of Xinjiang has admonished other Communist Party “cadres” from the mostly Muslim Uighur minority for failing to pull their weight in the fight against terrorism, state media said.

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When Marx Meets Islam

Foreign Policy, 4 April 2017

By TJ Ma — Almost every Chinese person with even a middle school education must, at some point, run into the famous statement about religion by Karl Marx: “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” It is enshrined in textbooks that introduce students to the philosopher’s materialistic interpretation of the world, which considers religion as a “fantasy” used by reactionary forces to disarm the revolutionary proletariat by promising salvation in the afterlife while preaching endurance in the current one.

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