2015 Lantos Prize Laureates Announced

The Lantos Foundation, 29 October 2015

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Lantos Foundation  The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice announced today that it will award the 2015 Lantos Human Rights Prize to three courageous female leaders; Rebiya Kadeer, Irshad Manji, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. These three laureates are fearless leaders, reformers and rebels who have been willing to defy social and cultural norms to speak out against human rights abuses.

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US Official Concerned About Religious Freedom in China

Voice of America, 29 October 2015

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By Yang Chen  A U.S. official testifying before Congress has called for the U.S State Department to re-designate China and other countries that violate human rights and religious freedom as “countries of particular concern” in its annual reports.

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Time for a Change: European Parliament Conference Exposes Uyghur Struggle for Freedom of Religion

UNPO, 27 October 2015

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UNPO  In light of the ongoing violations of religious freedom in East Turkestan and considering the limited international response to China’s abuse of Uyghur fundamental human rights, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) convened a high-level conference in Brussels entitled “In Defense of Religious Freedom: The Uyghur Struggle For Human Rights”, hosted by Ms Izaskun Bilbao Barandica MEP (ALDE).

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Professor Ilham Tohti Calls for Family to Appeal His Case

ChinaChange, 27 October 2015

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ChinaChange  Ilham Tohti, the Uighur scholar and public intellectual currently serving a life sentence in prison, has called on his family to engage lawyers and lodge an appeal for him through the Chinese judicial system. Ilham made the request on the second occasion that family has visited him since his sentence on September 23, 2014.

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More Violence in Xinjiang

Foreign Policy Blogs, 26 October 2015

APTOPIX China ProtestBy Gary Sands – When will the unrest in Xinjiang cease? The latest attack in a long series of aggressions was recently reported by Radio Free Asia, when at least 17 assailants, armed with knives, set upon innocent Han Chinese coal miners sleeping in their dormitory beds in Baicheng on September 18. Before the morning came, more than 50 people had been killed and dozens wounded.

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US Concerned by Harassment of Lawyers in China

VoA News, 23 October 2015

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By Nike Ching – A senior U.S. official said he “did not see any progress” on the worrying trend of harassment that Chinese human rights lawyers face, referring to mass detentions and crackdowns against rights defenders since July.

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Repatriated Uyghurs Forced To Make Film About Fleeing China For Thailand

Radio Free Asia, 22 October 2015

9573a284-4217-420f-87dd-1bb0aa00053dRFA Uyghur Service – Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region have been publicly showing a film about two Uyghurs forcibly repatriated from Thailand as a deterrent to others in the area not to flee the country and seek asylum elsewhere, a local Communist Party cadre and police officers said.

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The Chinese human rights abuses David Cameron won’t raise with Xi Jinping

The Independent, 20 October 2015

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By Jon Stone – Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting the UK this week for the first time – but the country’s ambassador has warned British politicians that he isn’t here for a “debate” on human rights. 

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