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

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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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China launches “all-out-offensive” against Uyghur minority

Al Jazeera, 17 March 2017

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Al Jazeera — China’s ruling Communist Party has hardened its rhetoric on Islam, with top officials making repeated warnings about the spectre of global religious “extremism” seeping into the country, and the need to protect traditional Chinese identity.

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China: Disclose Details of Terrorism Convictions

Human Rights Watch, 18 March 2017

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Human Rights Watch — The Chinese authorities’ failure to release details about terrorism convictions heightens concerns that the country’s counterterrorism law is being used to prosecute nonviolent activity, Human Rights Watch said today. The 2017 Supreme People’s Court (SPC) report, presented on March 12, 2017, departs from past practice by excluding details on 2016 terrorism cases, such as the number of individuals convicted. China’s new Counterterrorism Law took effect in January 2016.

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Chinese Officials Warn of Global Religious Extremism Threat

South China Morning Post, 16 March 2017

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Associated Press  Chinese officials are issuing new warnings about the specter of global religious extremism seeping into the country, following reports of fighters from China’s Muslim minority fighting alongside militants in Syria and Iraq.

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China calls for ‘people’s war,’ warns of a global religious extremism threat

The Toronto Star, 16 March 2017

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By Gerry Shih  Chinese officials are issuing new warnings about the spectre of global religious extremism seeping into the country, following reports of fighters from China’s Muslim minority fighting alongside militants in Syria and Iraq.

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Bashar al-Assad says relations between Syria and China are ‘on the rise’

The Washington Post, 13 March 2017

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By Adam Taylor  In an interview with the private Chinese broadcaster Phoenix Television that aired this weekend, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad offered a warm description of his government’s ties with Beijing — a relationship that he said was going to be “on the rise” because China was “a real friend” that could be relied upon.

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China: Xi Jinping wants ‘Great Wall of Steel’ in violence-hit Xinjiang

The Guardian, 13 March 2017

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By Tom Phillips  Chinese president Xi Jinping has urged security forces to erect a “Great Wall of Steel” around the violence-hit western region of Xinjiang after an apparent spike in bloodletting that authorities blame on Islamic extremists and separatists.

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