China congress: BBC team forced to sign confession

BBC, 3 March 2017


By John Sudworth — The plan was a simple one. We’d arranged to meet a woman in her village in China’s central Hunan Province and to then travel with her by train to Beijing, filming as we went.

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The Dire Consequences of the Imprisonment of Ilham Tohti

ChinaChange, 27 February 2017


ChinaChange — The nomination last week of the imprisoned Uyghur Professor Ilham Tohti for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is welcome recognition of the role this courageous individual has played in working for the fundamental rights of a beleaguered people, a people subject to one of the harshest regimens that China visits on any nationalities or collective groups within its borders.

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NGOs urge governments to speak out on ongoing crackdown, torture allegations

International Service for Human Rights, 16 February 2017

150714120624-china-lawyers-composite-exlarge-169_2ISHR — In a concerted effort since the early months of the Xi Jinping administration, the Chinese Government has suppressed civil society activity, criminalised human rights defenders and ignored its international human rights obligations.

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Trump has the power to fight China on human rights. Will he use it?

The Guardian, 23 January 2017


By Benjamin Haas — As Donald Trump enters the White House, human rights campaigners around the world fear his administration will drop support for global struggles for democracy and freedom. But his administration is armed with a new law unprecedented in US history: the ability to sanction any individual involved in human rights abuses.

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Tibetan protesters arrested during Chinese leader’s visit to Switzerland (VIDEO)

RT, 17 January 2017


Russia Today — Swiss Police have detained 32 pro-Tibet activists, including one man trying to set himself on fire, protesting against a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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Uighurs in Kyrgyzstan hope for peace despite violence

Al Jazeera, 10 January 2017


By Ryskeldi Satke — Remote and landlocked, Kyrgyzstan is framed by the Tian Shan mountains that take up nearly 90 percent of the country’s territory and form its border with China’s northwestern province of Xinjiang.

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Why Christmas time in China means jail for human rights activists

The Guardian, 26 December 2016

2039ufiwov2By Benjamin Haas  As people celebrate around the world, a new Christmas tradition is increasingly popular in China: jailing political prisoners, hoping the distraction of the holiday season will lead to less attention.

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Mural Created in Support of Uyghur Prisoner of Conscience

The Epoch Times, 13 December 2016


By Sarah Le — Renowned Uyghur economics scholar Ilham Tohti is serving a life sentence in China on charges of “separatism,” while thousands of human rights activists around the world are showing him support and raising awareness of his case.

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