Two Xinjiang Villages Bar Women From Covering Faces

RFA, 31 May 2013

Authorities in two Uyghur villages in China’s restive Xinjiang region are punishing relatives of Muslim women who cover their faces by not authorizing their marriage applications and disallowing them to perform pilgrimage to Mecca, according to local officials.

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Central Asian Dams Spark Downstream Fears

RFA, 30 May 2013

Plans by two Central Asian states to build hydropower projects with Russian help on the upper reaches of major regional rivers are causing concern in downstream states, which fear diminished water flows and Moscow’s growing influence in this former part of the Soviet Union, experts say.

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HACKED!

ABC, 28 May 2013

While debate rages over Australia’s border security, there’s growing evidence that the greatest threat to Australia’s national security potentially comes from foreign computer hackers. Few in government or business will admit the full extent of the break-ins, with one expert calling it a “dirty little secret”.

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Australia: China spy agency hack claims ‘will not hit ties’

BBC News, 28 May 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr says a report alleging Chinese hackers stole plans for Australia’s new intelligence hub will not hit ties with Beijing. On Monday the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported blueprints setting out the building’s cable layouts and security systems had been illegally accessed by a server in China.

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Cyber-security turns into new battleground as US-China tension grows

The Telegraph, 27 May 2013

As the countries trade blows amid claims of online spying, some see it as a final effort by Washington to retain its economic superiority .

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Fresh Clashes Hit Kashgar

RFA, 26 May 2013

Deadly clashes between Han Chinese and Uyghurs broke out over the weekend in western China’s restive Xinjiang region, according to local residents and officials, who said authorities were strictly controlling information about the incident.

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WUC President’s Letter to German Chancellor on Li Kekiang’s Visit to Germany

Press Release – For immediate release
24 May 2013
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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World Uyghur Congress,
Adolf-Kolpingstr.9
80336 München
24 May 2013

Bundeskanzleramt in Berlin
Willy-Brandt-Straße 1
10557 Berlin

Dear Chancellor Merkel,

Ahead of China Prime Minister Le Keqiang’s visit to Germany, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) would like to draw your remind you of the ongoing human rights violations happening in the People’s Republic of China against Uyghurs and to urge you and your administration to ensure that these issues remain at the forefront of your considerations when setting out your agenda in the coming days.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Uyghur and Tibetan Groups to Stage Demonstration on Li’s Visit to Berlin

Press Release – For immediate release
24 May 2013
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

Repression of religion, language, identity and culture are daily daily grievances for peoples in China. Only a few weeks ago did we witness one of the most brutal crackdowns against Uyghurs as 21 people were killed in Maralbeshi.

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