A jail by another name – China labor camps now drug detox centers

Reuters, 30 November 2013

(Reuters) – Li Zhongying was freed from a Chinese labor camp ahead of schedule in September because, guards told her, the government was scrapping ‘re-education through labor’, a heavily criticized penal system created in the 1950s.

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Security Targets Uighur Muslims

OnIslam, 29 November 2013

CAIRO – Uncovering practices of China’s heavy-handed security, a US-based human rights group has revealed the three out of four people arrested in China on suspicion of “endangering state security” last year were from Xinjiang and likely ethnic Uighurs.

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Anti-veil ‘beauty’ campaign in Xinjiang sows ugly tensions

Arab News, 29 November 2013

A Chinese government worker in the ancient Silk Road oasis of Kashgar beckons two women to her streetside stand and logs their details under the gaze of a surveillance camera. Their offense: Wearing veils. The “Project Beauty” campaign aims to discourage women from covering their faces — a religious practice for some Muslim Uighurs, the largest ethnic group in China’s Xinjiang region — in an attempt to improve security.

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Witnesses of Xinjiang Police Station Shootings Tell Another Story

The Epoch Times, 29 November 2013

An alternative account of the recent incident that left several Uyghurs dead says that Chinese police armed and barricaded themselves inside the police station, while locking Uyghur auxiliary police outside, then shot into the group of protesters from upper windows.

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Uyghur Group Slams Beijing for ‘Baseless’ Claim on Tiananmen Crash

RFA, 28 November 2013

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has blasted the Chinese authorities for pinning the blame for a deadly car crash in Tiananmen Square on an Islamic militant group, saying Beijing had distorted the group’s statement on the Oct. 28 incident.

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Only ‘loyal’ Uyghurs will get degrees, says government

University World News, 28 November 2013

China has stepped up pressure on ethnic minority students and lecturers in the restive northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, insisting that students must pass a test of political views and declare their allegiance to the Chinese state in order to graduate.

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European Parliament Conference: Is the Chinese Leadership Ready For Dialogue? Perspectives on the Uyghur Issue

UNPO, 28 November 2013


Brussels – The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), in collaboration with Niccolò Rinaldi MEP and the World Uyghur Congress, convened a conference entitled ‘Is the Chinese Leadership Ready for Dialogue? Perspectives on the Uyghur Issue’ at the European Parliament, Brussels. The aim of the conference was to address important regional minority human rights and security challenges, and to create a platform for dialogue on the opportunities for ways forward. Also present to support the initiative were Csaba Sógor and Cristiana Muscardini MEP.

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Policy report: INTERPOL and human rights

Fair Trials International, 27 November 2013

Fair Trials International — Fair Trials International has published a major report (Strengthening respect for human rights; strengthening INTERPOL) showing how countries across the world are abusing INTERPOL to persecute refugees, journalists and peaceful political activists

Despite INTERPOL’s commitment to neutrality and human rights, the report shows how INTERPOL’s review mechanisms are not vigorous enough to prevent this abuse, with severe implications for the people concerned: damage to reputation, loss of work, inability to travel and even arrest and extradition.

Featuring the stories of individuals who have been arrested at gunpoint or detained in high-security prisons, including within the EU, our report shows how politically-motivated wanted person alerts are being disseminated to police forces in over 190 countries.

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