UNPO reports to the UN CESCR on abuses in China, Indonesia, and Ukraine

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, 20 March 2014  

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UNPO — In March 2014, UNPO has submitted three alternative reports in relation with the 52nd session of the CESCR, denouncing violation of the economic, social, and cultural rights of minority groups and indigenous peoples in China, Indonesia, and Ukraine.

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Policy report: INTERPOL and human rights

Fair Trials International, 27 November 2013

Fair Trials International — Fair Trials International has published a major report (Strengthening respect for human rights; strengthening INTERPOL) showing how countries across the world are abusing INTERPOL to persecute refugees, journalists and peaceful political activists

Despite INTERPOL’s commitment to neutrality and human rights, the report shows how INTERPOL’s review mechanisms are not vigorous enough to prevent this abuse, with severe implications for the people concerned: damage to reputation, loss of work, inability to travel and even arrest and extradition.

Featuring the stories of individuals who have been arrested at gunpoint or detained in high-security prisons, including within the EU, our report shows how politically-motivated wanted person alerts are being disseminated to police forces in over 190 countries.

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Throttling Dissent: China’s New Leaders Refine Internet Control

Freedom House, 1 July 2013

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Freedom House — This special report is based on the 2013 China chapter of Freedom House’s annual Freedom on the Net survey. Freedom on the Net is a comparative analysis of internet freedom with a unique methodology, and includes a detailed narrative report and a numerical score for each country assessed. The 2013 edition, which will be published in September, covers 60 countries.

Read the report here.

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UNPO Report Highlights Severe Marginalization Faced By Tibetans, Uyghurs And Mongols In China

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, 2 April 2013

UNPO — has submitted an Alternative Report to the UN Committee on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ahead of the Pre-Sessional Working Group Session on China in May 2013. The report underlines the severe marginalization of three ethnic minority communities – Tibetans in the Tibet Autonomous Region, Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and Mongols in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region – caused mainly by social and political discrimination and exclusion.

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Nuisance Value: Uyghur activism in Germany and Beijing–Berlin relations

Journal of Contemporary China, 1 March 2013

Journal of Contemporary China — While a small number of Uyghur communities had begun to settle in Germany already in the 1950s and 1960s, since the 1990s they have chosen Munich as their center of national and political activism in Europe and worldwide. By that time the Chinese had begun to apply pressure on the German government to restrict Uyghur activities and to monitor and intimidate them and their German supporters, also by using spies and collaborators. As a democratic country Germany rejected the Chinese demands, although refusing to admit former Uyghur Guantanamo inmates. Despite occasional tension, Sino–German relations have not been affected by the presence of Uyghurs, some of them labeled as ‘terrorists’ by Beijing. My conclusion is that the Uyghur ‘threat’ has been deliberately inflated by China as a tool in its relations with other governments and that economic relations and technology import are far too important to spoil by persecuting Uyghurs.

Read the report here.

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2012 Annual Report U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, 20 March 2012 

USCIRF — The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a federal government commission that monitors global religious freedom, released its 2012 Annual Report on 20 March 2012 and recommended that the Secretary of State name the following nations “countries of particular concern” or CPCs: Burma, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

According to the USCIRF, in China conditions for Tibetan Buddhists and Uighur Muslims are the worst in decades and in the past year, Beijing has stepped up its crackdown on Protestants and Catholics.

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Reporters without Borders: “Internet Enemies 2011″

Reporters without Borders, 12 March 2012

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Reporters without Borders — As in 2011, China is again one of the worst internet enemies in the world, according to Reporters Without Borders. In regard to China, the report “Enemies of the Internet” published on 12 March 2012 explains how during the last year the country reinforced its technical capacity and stepped up pressure on privately owned Internet companies in order to secure their collaboration.

As other countries in the list, China combines often drastic content filtering with access restrictions, tracking of cyber-dissidents and online propaganda. In the wake of the Arab spring China reinforced online contents filtering in order to avoid similar events to take place inside the country. Moreover, China pays bloggers to post messages endorsed by the party. It can rely on a well-trained cyber police as well as on some 40,000 microblogs to spread propaganda messages.

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IFJ Asia-Pacific Report: China’s New Clampdown – Press Freedom in China 2011

International Federation of Journalists, 23 January 2012

International Federation of Journalists — The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) initiated a program in early 2008 to monitor and report on press freedom and violations of media rights in China in the lead-up to the Olympic Games in Beijing in August 2008. The IFJ’s first annual report on press freedom in China, China’s Olympic Challenge, assessed the media environment through 2008 and, even as it noted many instances of infringements of journalists’ rights and media freedom, there was some optimism at year’s end that China was moving, even if slowly, toward a more free, safe and secure working environment for local and foreign journalists.

They highlight some of the most significant challenges faced by journalists and media workers operating in China, including Hong Kong and Macau.

Aside from outlining the situation for local and foreign journalists, this year’s report reflects a much more frustrating situation in China, with many journalists being sacked or forced to leave their original workplaces as the scent of the “Chinese Jasmine Revolution” spread from the Middle East to China in February 2011.

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