China: Human Rights Groups Continue to Call for Release of Uyghur Academic

Human Rights Brief, 30 April 2015

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By On January 15, 2015, one year after Uyghur Academic Ilham Tohti’s detention in China, the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) has once again called for continued pressure from all concerned parties for the scholar’s immediate release.

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China-Pak estrangement corridor

The Nation, 30 April 2015

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By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid Pakistan-China friendship, that was already “higher than mountains, deeper than oceans, sweeter than honey and stronger than steel” – as reiterated by signboards all over Islamabad last week – got even higher, deeper, sweeter and stronger with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which was penned via 51 MoUs last week.

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Death of Boy in Thailand Highlights Plight of Hundreds of Uyghur Detainees

Radio Free Asia, 30 April 2015

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RFA Uyghur Service  Five months after the death in custody of a three-year old ethnic Uyghur boy in southern Thailand, questions remain over the circumstances leading to his demise and the conditions facing some 370 other Uyghur refugees detained for more than a year after fleeing northwestern China’s Xinjiang region.

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Asia’s people smugglers exploit rising migration, raise trafficking fears: U.N.

Reuters, 29 April 2015

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By Kieran Guilbert  Human smuggling networks are exploiting rising migration within Asia, leaving growing numbers of migrants at risk of being trafficked and abused, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

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A Third Road for Xinjiang

The Diplomat, 29 April 2015

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By David Volodzko  This month Jiayang Fan writes for The New Yorkerabout photographer Q. Sakamaki, whose exhibit, “China’s Outer Lands,” runs at the Half King gallery in New York City through May 24. In Fan’s words, the exhibit, “which features communities in Manchuria, in Northeast China, and in Inner Mongolia, provides a rare view of lives that have largely been left out of China’s narrative of progress.”

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Uyghur scholar’s writings shed light on China’s missteps

UCA News, 28 April 2015

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By Dan Long  In 2011, when high-level Chinese officials asked Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti to write an assessment of recent troubles in restive Xinjiang, there was every reason to believe Beijing might listen.

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Chinese forces shot unarmed protesters last July, Xinjiang locals say

The Japan Times, 28 April 2015

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AFP  Something hideously violent happened in Elishku. Whether it was a separatist attack or a civilian massacre is shrouded in the mists of conflict, control, claim and counterclaim that plague China’s mainly Muslim region of Xinjiang.

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Uyghur Shot by Xinjiang Police in Extrajudicial Killing is Deemed Innocent

Radio Free Asia, 27 April 2015

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RFA Uyghur Service  Nine months after a police officer shot to death an unarmed Uyghur man in northwest China’s restive Xinjiang region, local authorities have said that the suspect never committed a crime against the government, although he was accused of being a “troublemaker.”

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