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

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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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120 writers including Rushdie ask China’s Xi to stop human rights ‘crackdown’

The Hindustan Times, 12 December 2016

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By Sutirtho Patranobis — A group of 120 authors including Salman Rushdie and JM Coetzee have written to President Xi Jinping on Saturday, marked as Human Rights Day, urging him to reverse China’s ongoing crackdown on writers, academics and dissident voices.

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Response to Mr. Giancarlo Elia Valori’s Additional Considerations

Modern Diplomacy, 9 December 2016

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By Dolkun Isa— The purposeful spread of misinformation continues to impede those looking to uncover truth in the 21st century. As an activist in the Uyghur democracy movement, I am, to put it lightly, at constant odds with the Chinese government.

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Conference on the founding of the Ilham Tohti Initiative

Ilham Tohti Initiative, 8 December 2016

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Ilham Tohti Initiative — Panelists will discuss the current situation of the Uyghurs in the Autonomous Region of Xinjiang (East Turkestan) and the possibility of a peaceful solution to the ethnic tensions on the basis of Ilham Tohti’s ideas.

Invited participants are regional and federal politicians as well as representatives of the European Parliament, various foreign representatives and human rights activists.

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UN fears Chinese human rights lawyer has been ‘disappeared’ by authorities

The Guardian, 7 December 2016

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By Tom PhillipsUnited Nations human rights experts are demanding answers from Beijing over the disappearance of a prominent Chinese lawyer they fear has been targeted by authorities in reprisal for meeting a UN official earlier this year.

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3 Chinese Rights Activists Disappear in Apparent State Crackdown

The New York Times, 30 November 2016

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By Michael Forsythe — Three prominent Chinese rights activists appear to have been detained in recent weeks by the police, part of a continuing crackdown on groups operating outside the umbrella of the state, advocacy groups say.

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China failing to deliver on human rights promises, NGO tells UN

Hong Kong Free Press, 27 November 2016

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By Catherine Lai — An assessment by rights groups has found “large discrepancies” between the Chinese government’s promises and its actions concerning human rights.

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