Statement of CECC Chairman Christopher Smith and Cochairman Sherrod Brown on Uyghurs Forcibly Returned to China

CECC, 31 August 2011

The chairman and cochairman of a US bipartisan, bicameral commission charged with monitoring human rights in China today called on Chinese authorities to reveal the whereabouts and status of 11 Uyghur men who were forcibly deported from Malaysia to the People’s Republic of China on August 18, in violation of international law.

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A quiet Ramadan in China’s far west

The Hindu, 31 August 2011
By Ananth Krishnan

Tunsahan Umer sits quietly in her dark apartment, staring at the clock.

Her small home, from the outside, looks like any in small-town China — a non-descript square block of freshly-painted red apartment buildings. Its insides, however, are anything but ordinary.

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China tightens security in restive Xinjiang

AFP, 31 August 2011

BEIJING — China has banned pigeon flying and tightened airport security in the run-up to an international trade fair in Xinjiang after a series of deadly attacks in the restive region, state media said Tuesday.

A low-altitude no-fly zone over the provincial capital Urumqi also prohibits kites and hot-air balloons during the China-Eurasia Expo which begins Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency and local government said.

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NGO Summit on Discrimination and Persecution, Sep. 21-22, NY

NGO Summit, 31 August 2011

NEW YORK, August 30, 2011 – A coalition of human rights groups today announced a major summit on September 21-22, 2011 to spotlight the world’s most urgent human rights situations. The Global Summit Against Discrimination and Persecution will be held next to UN Headquarters in New York at the same time as world leaders gather for the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly and the 10th anniversary commemoration of the UN’s Durban conference on racism.

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China Steps Up Suppression of Uyghur

The Weekly Shincho, 30 August 2011

More than two years have passed since the 2009 riots in Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Chinese authorities claim the incident has resulted in the deaths of 197 Uyghurs, while the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) comprising Uyghur exile groups maintains between 1,000 and 3,000 Uyghurs have either been killed or are still missing.

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Expo Sparks Travel Chaos

RFA, 30 August 2011

Increased security measures disrupt life in Xinjiang as authorities prepare for an international trade expo.

Tight new security regulations ahead of a politically sensitive event in China’s troubled western region of Xinjiang have sparked travel chaos around the country as airports are ordered to carry out extra security checks.

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Heavy security in Xinjiang ahead of trade fair

The Hindu, 30 August 2011
By Ananth Krishnan

Fears of violence have prompted a widespread deployment of security forces across much of China’s far western Xinjiang ahead of a major trade fair, which opens here on Thursday and is aimed at boosting the region’s fast-growing trade links with Central Asia.

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Stop Uighurs’ Forced Return to Chinese Detention and Torture

Force Change, 30 August 2011
By Allison Tung

Target: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Chinese President Hu Jintao, US President Barack Obama, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon

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