Is Religious Freedom In China Really About To Get Worse?

Christian Today, 7 October 2016

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By Carey Lodge — Religious freedom in China could be about to dramatically worsen, campaigners have warned. Tomorrow, the consultation closes for the Chinese public to respond to 26 new laws that would further restrict religious freedom in the country.

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Hong Kong democracy activist turned away from Thailand

Financial Times, 5 October 2016

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By Michael Peel — Joshua Wong, the Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, has been barred from entering Thailand and sent home in the latest clampdown by military-ruled Bangkok on anti-Beijing dissidents. 

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European Parliament: Award Ilham Tohti The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought for 2016

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 4 October 2016

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September 26, 2016 10:35 am EST
Contact: Uyghur Human Rights Project www.uhrp.org  
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UHRP — The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) calls on the European Parliament to award Ilham Tohti the 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Professor Ilham Tohti has been a consistent voice for the equitable treatment of Uyghurs in China and in doing so has made an outstanding contribution to human rights.

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Languishing in jail, 3 Uyghur Muslims seek asylum

Greater Kashmir, 29 September 2016

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By Umer Maqbool — Languishing in a J&K jail for the past three years, three Uyghur Muslims from China’s Xinjiang province have approached Jammu and Kashmir High Court seeking asylum as well as freedom from the prison.

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China Plans ‘Very Detailed’ Controls Over Religious Activities

Radio Free Asia, 28 September 2016

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RFA Uyghur Service — Around 20 lawyers, academics and religious leaders have penned a letter to China’s parliament in protest over proposed rules that would intensify a government crackdown on religious activity by the country’s citizens.

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China Builds More Prisons in Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 28 September 2016

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RFA Uyghur Service — Faced with growing tensions in its far northwestern region of Xinjiang, China has built a large complex of prisons outside the regional capital Urumqi, sources say.

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Is China a Ticking Time Bomb of Ethnic Contradictions?

China Policy Institute, 27 September 2016

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By James Leibold — China’s ethnic periphery can be a volatile place. Over the past decade, violence has repeatedly marred the remote yet strategic regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, which comprise nearly a third of Chinese territory and are its chief sources of oil and water. Here, the Tibetan and Uyghur ethnic minorities have long chafed under the integrationist policies of the Han-dominated Chinese Communist Party, with bloody cycles of resistance and conflict.

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New Implementation Guidelines for Counter-Terror Law in East Turkestan Will Reinforce Curbs on Human Rights

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 27 September 2016

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September 26, 2016 10:35 am EST
Contact: Uyghur Human Rights Project www.uhrp.org  
001 (202) 478 1920 or info@uhrp.org

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UHRP — In advance of China’s national day on October 1st, celebrating 67 years since the founding of the People’s Republic, the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) wishes to draw attention to the P.R.C.’s continued human rights violations in East Turkestan.  The national and regional governments continue to create a legal framework for these violations, most recently with the passage of local implementation guidelines for its national Counter-Terrorism law. 

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