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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Elderly Uyghur Woman is Assigned a Chinese Spy as ‘Daughter’

Radio Free Asia, 9 March 2017

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By Shohret Hoshur — Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region have assigned a spy to monitor the daily movements of an elderly Uyghur woman deemed troublesome by police, telling her that the young woman sent to visit her each day is now her “daughter,” sources say.

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Beijing Launches “All-Out Offensive” Against Uyghur Minority

Sydney Criminal Lawyers, 8 March 2017

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By Paul Gregoire — Beijing has unleashed an “all-out offensive” in the far western province of Xinjiang on the pretext of a terrorist threat from members of the nation’s predominantly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority.

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Xinjiang Police Launch Recruitment Drive Following Uyghur Knife Attack

Radio Free Asia, 8 March 2017

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RFA Uyghur Service — Rushing to tighten security following a deadly knife attack in February, officials in Xinjiang’s Hotan prefecture have launched a drive to recruit additional auxiliary police officers, meanwhile working those already employed around the clock, sources in the region say.

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