China: US Should Insist on Rights Benchmarks in Talks: Make Dialogue Useful Tool For Human Rights Protection

HRW, 31 July 2013

(New York) – The United States should use the upcoming human rights dialogue with the Chinese government to demand concrete public commitments to change policies and practices that violate human rights.

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ground report, 30 July 2013

You have to give it to the Chinese. Afterall, in an era where the issues of religious freedom and human rights have forced even the most authoritarian regimes to relent and make concessions, if not amends in its autocratic laws, Beijing continues with its forcible and oppressive occupation of the Tibetan and Xinjiang Autonomous Regions.

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China’s secret police to take part in UK seminar – and no mention of human rights allowed: Seminar for officials to be held at Cambridge University features 24-member delegation from notorious Ministry of Public Security

The Independent, 29 July 2013

China’s notorious Ministry of Public Security is to take part in a seminar at Cambridge University in next month, where academics will be barred from asking questions about human rights issues.

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Hundreds of Uyghurs Detained Over Deadly Attack on Chinese Dam Workers

RFA, 29 July 2013

Chinese authorities have detained for questioning hundreds of ethnic minority Uyghurs and are hot on the trail of two key suspects in connection with a fatal knife attack on Han Chinese workers building a dam in the restive Xinjiang region, according to local officials and residents.

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China Boosts Controls on Online Content

RFA, 28 July 2013

The ruling Chinese Communist Party has tightened its grip on what China’s citizens can see online, upgrading the country’s already powerful network of blocks, filters, and censorship known as the “Great Firewall,” a new report has shown.

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Japan vows support for Philippines in China row

SFGate, 28 July 2013

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged support for Philippine maritime forces on Saturday as both countries confront China in separate territorial disputes.

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Why is the Chinese government trying to get Uighurs to slip up on Ramadan fasts?

Quartz, 27 July 2013

Last week, the state-run China Daily ran a feel-good portrait of a Uighur Muslim family in the Xinjiang region in northwest China celebrating Ramadan, the holy month during which Muslims abstain from food and drink during daylight. “My high school has never made any demands as to whether the students observe the fast or not,” the daughter told the paper.

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Unrest in Xinjiang not work of “Terrorists”: China attempts to tie unrest in Xinjiang to groups affiliated with Al Qaeda

The Politic, 26 July 2013

X injiang, China’s largest and westernmost province, is home to over eight million Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking, predominantly Muslim ethnic minority. The Uighurs have lived uneasily alongside China’s Han majority for centuries, ever since the Qing dynasty seized control over Xinjiang—which lies above Tibet and shares borders with many Central Asian countries—in the 1700s.

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