19th EU-China Summit: European Parliamentarians and NGOs call on President Tusk to raise the issue of Tibet

International Campaign for Tibet, 31 May 2017

A rally by a coalition of NGOs urging the EU to raise the bleak human right situation in China will take place on June 2, 10.30 am – 12 pm at Schuman circle. The rally will include representatives from the Tibetan and Uyghur communities, the European Parliament, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights and International Campaign for Tibet.

On the eve of an important Summit in Brussels on June 2, the European Union is being urged by European Parliamentarians and a coalition of NGOs, including the International Campaign for Tibet, to raise urgent concerns on human rights with China.

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China looks to resurrect road of past — minus the freedom

The Blade, 31 May 2017

By S. Amjad Hussain — My recent participation in the Silk Road Expedition 2017 was fascinating in many ways. In my four dispatches from the Silk Road for The Blade, I had reported on our travel on the Silk Road from Shanghai in the east to Kashgar in the southwest where ancient trade routes from Europe, Central Asia, and Pakistan converged.

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Five Names to Listen for at the EU-China Summit

Human Rights Watch, 30 May 2017

Torture, wrongful imprisonment, restrictions on everything from peaceful expression, to religious practice, to the number of children you can have: these are some of the most persistent human rights abuses in China today. Under President Xi Jinping, whose senior officials arrive in Brussels this week for the European Union-China Summit, courageous human rights defenders, lawyers and academics in China have sustained an extraordinary body blow.

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[Press Release] Human Rights Must Factor into Dialogue During Li Keqiang Visit to Berlin & Brussels

Press Release – For immediate release
29 May 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

German Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker must substantively raise serious human rights concerns during the upcoming visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium from May 31 to June 2.

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China: EU Summit Should Make Rights A Priority

Human Rights Watch, 29 May 2017

European Union leaders should publicly and privately press China’s government to end its crackdown on human rights and immediately release all detained activists, Human Rights Watch said today in a joint letter with a dozen other nongovernmental organizations. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk, and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini will attend the EU-China Summit in Brussels with senior Chinese officials on June 1-2, 2017.

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Strategic Planning Session for the East Turkestan National Movement

Press Release – For immediate release
29 May 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

Uyghur intellectuals, policy experts, academics, and activists from the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Turkey, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Germany gathered in Berlin on May 19-21, 2017 to discuss strategic steps to advance the East Turkestan national movement. This event was initiated and organized by foreign policy expert and historian, Dr. Erkin Ekrem of Hacettepe University in Turkey.

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Xinjiang Authorities Confiscate ‘Extremist’ Qurans From Uyghur Muslims

Radio Free Asia, 29 May 2017

By Shohret Hoshur — Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region are confiscating all Qurans published more than five years ago due to “extremist content,” according to local officials, amid an ongoing campaign against “illegal” religious items owned by mostly Muslim ethnic Uyghur residents.

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Restaurants Ordered to Remain Open in Xinjiang Amid Ramadan Fast

Radio Free Asia, 29 May 2017

By Gulchehra Hoja — Authorities in northwest China are implementing a set of “stability maintenance” measures in Xinjiang during Ramadan, but sources say restaurants have been ordered to stay open throughout the Islamic holy month as part of the directive, suggesting efforts to undermine the Muslim tradition of fasting.

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