Conference on the founding of the Ilham Tohti Initiative

Ilham Tohti Initiative, 8 December 2016


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


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


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


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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Interpol’s New President Sparks Concerns Over Human Rights

Radio Free Asia, 14 November 2016


RFA Uyghur Service — The appointment of Meng Hongwei, China’s former vice minister for public security, as the new head of Interpol has sparked concerns that Beijing may use the organization to extend overseas crackdowns on Chinese dissidents who flee the country.

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WUC Deeply Concerned About Election of Meng Hongwei as Interpol President

Press Release – For immediate release
11 November 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
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The World Uyghur Congress is very concerned about the recent election of China’s former Vice-Minister for Public Security, Meng Hongwei, as president of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) on Thursday. The move will likely embolden the Chinese government to continue to leverage the organization as a means of silencing critics and quelling dissent.

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Human rights groups protest over Interpol president’s appointment

Financial Times, 10 November 2016


Financial Times — A senior Chinese security official was named president of Interpol, the international police liaison organisation, drawing criticism from human rights groups who said it would help Beijing pursue dissidents abroad.

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Chinese security official elected Interpol chief

CNN, 10 November 2016


CNN — A top Chinese security minister has been elected president of the international crime fighting and police cooperation organization Interpol. Meng Hongwei, China’s vice minister for public security and a former head of Interpol China, took the post Thursday at the organization’s general assembly in Bali, Indonesia.

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