Uyghur Jailings Highlight Chinese Media Controls

RFA, 30 March 2013

China’s jailing of 20 ethnic Uyghurs this week on terrorism and separatism charges using online activism as a basis for their conviction reflects government moves to increase media controls and use weak laws to suppress voices in the troubled Xinjiang region, Uyghur rights groups say.

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WUC Condemns Sentences Handed Down to 20 Uyghurs

Press Release – For immediate release

28 March 2013
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) strongly condemns the sentencing of 20 Uyghurs from between 5 years and life on charges of separatism and terrorism by the local courts in Kashgar and Bayingolin Prefectures and calls upon the international community and democratic countries around the world to urge the Chinese government to free the Uyghur political prisoners, to take stock of the current political conditions of East Turkestan, and demonstrate resoluteness for the protection of freedoms and liberties for the Uyghur people.

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Uyghur Teenage Students Jailed in Contentious Verdict

RFA, 26 March 2013

A court in China’s troubled northwestern Xinjiang region has sentenced three Uyghur teenage students to up to six years in jail over a brawl that led to the death of a Han Chinese student, according to family members who termed the verdict as harsh, politically-motivated and discriminatory.

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East Turkestan: Rebiya Kadeer Denounces A “Cultural Genocide” In Xinjiang

UNPO, 26 March 2013

In an interview given to a Belgian newspaper, the President of the World Uyghur Congress, Rebiya Kadeer, explained that China’s policies constitute “cultural Genocide” against her people.

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Researchers identify targeted email attack distributing Android Trojan app: A recent targeted attack against human rights activists that used Android malware might be the first of many

Network World, 26 March 2013

IDG News Service – Security researchers from antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab have identified a targeted email attack against human rights and political activists that distributed a custom Android Trojan app with information-stealing capabilities.

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China pulls 1,000 dead ducks from Sichuan river

BBC News, 25 March 2013

Around 1,000 dead ducks have been pulled from a river in southwest China, local officials say.

Residents found the dead ducks in Nanhe river in Pengshan county, Sichuan province, and alerted the environmental department, they said.

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China’s hidden debt risk

Al Jazeera, 24 March 2013

China is experiencing elevated debt risk marked by high levels of accumulated local-government and corporate debt.

In the last 200 years, there have been more than 250 cases of sovereign-debt default and 68 cases of domestic-debt default.

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China, Russia mull interests in Central Asia

DW-World, 23 March 2013

Raw materials and energy reserves in Central Asia make the region of particular interest to both China and Russia. The two countries share interests in region but are also each others biggest competitors.

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