Rafto worried about the persecution of Uyghurs

Rafto Foundation, 31 January 2012

The Rafto Foundation calls on the Norwegian MFA to raise the issue of Uyghur asylum seekers sentenced to life in prison and long prison terms in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), China.

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Uncertainty over Uighurs

The Phnom Penh Post, 31 January 2012
By Mary Kozlovski

The United States is attempting to confirm recent media reports that as many as four of the 20 ethnic Uighur asylum seekers deported from Cambodia to China in 2009 have been sentenced to life in prison.

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China, Thailand Welcome Twitter’s Censorship Policy

Radio Free Europe, 31 January 2012

Thailand and China have welcomed Twitter’s controversial new censorship policy.

Thailand’s Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap said on January 30 that Twitter ‘s new policy was a “constructive” development and praised the website for “cooperating with governments to make sure basic rights are not violated through the use of social media.”

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Chinese press has impact, against the odds

CPJ, 31 January 2012
By Kristin Jones

In China, state control over the media hasn’t become more lax in recent years. Each year brings a new excuse for Communist Party censors to tighten the screws. The year of the rabbit brought the Arab Spring, and fears of a Jasmine Revolution. The year of the dragon brings a major political transition.

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China boosts police presence in restless Xinjiang

AP, 31 January 2012

BEIJING (AP) — Thousands of additional police officers are being dispatched to combat religious extremism and other security concerns in China’s volatile, heavily Muslim northwestern region of Xinjiang, state media reported Monday.

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8,000 ‘Stability Maintenance’ Officers to Be Recruited in China’s Xinjiang

The Epoch Times, 31 January 2012
By John An & Matthew Robertson

The Chinese regime is recruiting 8,000 security officers to strengthen its grassroots “stability maintenance” police force in the northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. According to a report in the state mouthpiece Xinhua on Jan. 30, a policy of “one village, one policeman” (or sometimes more than one) will be carried out in rural areas.

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China boosts police presence in Xinjiang region amid concern over religious extremism

The Washington Post, 30 January 2012

BEIJING — Thousands of additional police officers are being dispatched to combat religious extremism and other security concerns in China’s volatile, heavily Muslim northwestern region of Xinjiang, state media reported Monday.

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China: 8,000 New Police Officers Will Be Sent to Patrol Uighur Region

The New York Times, 30 January 2012

The government will send thousands of police officers to rural villages in the northwestern region of Xinjiang amid concern about religious extremism in the heavily Muslim area, state media reported Monday. Xinhua, the state news agency, reported that 8,000 officers would be recruited so that every village in Xinjiang would have at least one officer on patrol.

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