Ban on beards and veils – China’s Xinjiang passes regulation to curb ‘religious extremism’

South China Morning Post, 30 March 2017


By Nectar Gan  China’s restive far-western Xinjiang region passed a new regulation on Wednesday to curb religious extremism, amid the government’s ramped-up campaign against what it calls the rising threat of terrorism and separatism.

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EP Human Rights Subcommittee (DROI) Discusses Situation in East Turkestan

UNPO, 27 March 2017


UNPO  On 22 March 2017, the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) held a hearing to discuss the human rights situation in the Uyghur region of East Turkestan – known in China as Xinjiang. The hearing was attended by Members of European Parliament (MEPs), human rights experts, prominent academics, sinologists and representatives of UNPO and of its member, the World Uyghur Congress.

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World Uyghur Congress Briefs European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights

World Uyghur Congress, 24 March 2017


World Uyghur Congress General Secretary Dolkun Isa briefed the DROI (Subcommittee on Human Rights) at European Parliament during a meeting (Exchange of views on the human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China) on Wednesday, March 22nd in Brussels, Belgium.

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Canada, 10 other countries call out China for torturing human rights lawyers

The Globe and Mail, 23 March 2017


By Nathan Vanderklippe — Eleven countries have jointly called on the Chinese government to investigate reports of torture against human rights lawyers and urged Beijing to abandon a controversial detention system that holds suspects in secret locations for months at a time.

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What Just Happened in Beijing?

Foreign Policy, 22 March 2017

By Robert Daly — No revelations were expected from Rex Tillerson’s first trip to China as U.S. Secretary of State; he invited only one journalist to accompany him, and seemed determined that his visit make no news. He nearly succeeded — but his repeated use of Chinese phrases earlier rejected by the Obama administration caused a stir in both Chinese and U.S. media. If the visit is remembered, it will be for the Trump administration’s adoption of Beijing’s diplomatic language and style. The tactic cannot have been well considered, and could prove misleading.

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What Australia Needs to Ask When China Visits

Human Rights Watch, 21 March 2017


By Sophie Richardson — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will land in Australia for an official visit later this week. On the eve of his visit, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop delivered an unusually sharp warning to China on its need to move towards democracy. “While non-democracies such as China can thrive when participating in the present system…[h]istory shows that the embrace of liberal democratic institutions is the most successful foundation for nations seeking economic prosperity and social stability,” Bishop said during a speech in Singapore on March 13.

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This Visualization Shows China’s Jailed, Murdered And Missing Political Prisoners

Huffington Post, 20 March 2017

By Peter Mellgard — Peng Ming was one of the only dissidents in China serving a life sentence. The founder of a democracy and environmental advocacy group, he was found guilty in 2005 of “organizing and leading a terrorist organization.” Before that, in a hastily written letter, Peng warned his family that he might soon meet with an “accident.”

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‘No beards, no veils’: Uighur life in China’s Xinjiang

BBC, 20 March 2017


BBC — China says Islamist separatists in Xinjiang are the greatest threat to national security. The far western region is home to a community of some 10 million Uighurs, who are mostly Muslim.

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