Emboldened China Wields Its Laws to Silence Critics From Abroad

New York Times, 20 September 2017

By Steven Lee Myers and Chris Horton – On the morning he disappeared, the activist Lee Ming-cheh crossed from Macau into mainland China to meet with democracy advocates.

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Dolkun Isa Speaks at UN Side-Event: “UN Participation Challenges”

World Uyghur Congress, 14 September 2017

World Uyghur Congress General Secretary, Dolkun Isa, joined UNPO, Society for Threatened Peoples & Tibet Justice Center to discuss challenges in UN participation for human rights defenders at a Side-Event at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council.

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Rights groups ask China to stop detaining its critics

Reuters, 13 September 2017

By Stephanie Nebehay – Human rights activists called on China on Wednesday to stop detaining lawyers and critics, voicing concern for their health and fate in custody after the death of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo attracted international attention in July.

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WUC General Secretary Speaks at IGFM Press Conference

World Uyghur Congress, 8 September 2017

On 7 September 2017, the General Secretary of the World Uyghur Congress, Dolkun Isa, spoke at a press conference entitled “Is China a partner for democratic states?”. The press conference was organized by the International Society for Human Rights (IGFM) and held at their offices in Frankfurt, Germany. It brought together human rights activists to discuss the numerous human rights violations occurring in China and how China has increasingly been using its economic might to silence criticism of its human rights record.

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China’s Rights Crackdown Is Called ‘Most Severe’ Since Tiananmen Square

The New York Times, 7 September 2017

By Nick Cumming-Bruce — China is systematically undermining international human rights groups in a bid to silence critics of its crackdown on such rights at home, a watchdog organization said on Tuesday. The group also faulted the United Nations for failing to prevent the effort, and at times being complicit in it.

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UN: China Blocks Activists, Harasses Experts

Human Rights Watch, 5 September 2017

Human Rights Watch — The Chinese government should end its efforts to weaken United Nations mechanisms that promote human rights, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today. UN agencies should vigorously resist China’s attempts to restrict access to the UN for human rights groups and activists who work on China.

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Uighur Arrest in Italy Sparks Fears of Chinese Interference in Europe

Voice of America, 4 August 2017

By Joyce Huang — The brief detention of a prominent exiled Uighur leader in Italy last week is raising alarm among human rights groups, who see it as a sign of growing Chinese political influence in Europe.

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Press Release: WUC Calls on International Community to Push Back on Chinese Efforts to Suppress Free Speech Overseas

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

In light of the brief detention of General Secretary, Dolkun Isa in Rome, Italy last week, the World Uyghur Congress calls on the international community to stand firmly to resist official attempts from the Chinese government to influence the actions of states and international institutions. Increasing pressure by the Chinese government on human rights defenders in recent years calls for a determined response from states who outwardly support internationally agreed upon human rights standards.

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