Trying Juveniles

The New York Times, 30 November 2012

BEIJING — It’s no secret that the Chinese government’s human rights record falls short of international standards. Dissidents are imprisoned and harsh policies are imposed on Tibet and Xinjiang. Religious groups that operate without government approval are persecuted and a one-child-per-family policy is still pursued.

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Chinese passport upsets diplomatic applecart

DW-World, 29 November 2012

A new watermark on freshly issued Chinese passports portrays disputed territories as belonging to China. The move has outraged the country’s Asian neighbors and fueled concerns about Beijing’s motives.

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WUC Statement at the Forum on Minority Issues

Speaker: Mr Michael Phillips
Date: 28 November 2012

Thank you Madam Chair,

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) greatly welcomes and fully supports many of the Draft Recommendations put forward for this Session, all of which characterise the continued interest in, and development of, the Declaration 20 years after its inception.

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China provoking rise of Japan’s hawks

The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 November 2012

Isaac Newton wasn’t thinking about Chinese assertiveness when he wrote his famous third law of physics – that to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

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Vietnam refuses to stamp new Chinese passports over map

BBC News, 26 November 2012

Vietnamese officials are refusing to stamp new Chinese passports bearing a map that lays claim to disputed areas.

Border authorities have instead been issuing visas on separate pieces of paper and stamping those issued previously as invalid.

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Lack of better jobs for China’s ethnic minorities a worsening problem

The Melbourne Newsroom, 22 November 2012

People from China’s Uyghur minority are struggling to get higher status, higher paying jobs, which in turn is leading to a forced divide between different ethnic groups, according to a new University of Melbourne study.

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In “beautiful China”, local polluters still hold sway

Reuters, 22 November 2012

(Reuters) – In ramshackle semi-industrial Tianying in China’s Anhui province, a state-owned lead smelter and foundry sits at the centre of town, behind high walls and secure gates that make it look more like a prison than the mainstay of the local economy.

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Online protests after Chinese Twitter user arrested

BBC News, 21 November 2012

Hundreds of web users have signed a petition demanding the release of a Beijing man accused of criticising China’s authorities on Twitter.

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