China passes law imposing security controls on foreign NGOs

The Guardian, 29 April 2016

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By Tom Phillips – A Chinese government offensive against civil society that campaigners describe as the worst in nearly three decades has intensified with Beijing’s approval on Thursday of a controversial new law that gives security forces control over foreign NGOs operating in the country.

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It’s not just Dolkun Isa: India has barred at least eight other Chinese activists from its democracy conference

Quartz, 29 April 2016

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By Zheping Huang  Several Chinese human rights activists and dissidents based outside the country have been banned from traveling to India for a China-focused conference about democracy—sparking concerns that Delhi is bowing to Beijing when it comes to human rights issues.

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Executed Uyghur’s Relatives Hit Hard by Arrests, Surveillance

Radio Free Asia, 28 April 2016

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RFA Uyghur Service  A Uyghur family living in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region has been dogged by police surveillance and a series of arrests following the execution of a family member on terror charges almost 20 years ago, sources say.

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Jailed Uyghur Scholar Nominated For Top Human Rights Award

Radio Free Asia, 28 April 2016

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RFA Uyghur Service  Rights activists on Wednesday welcomed the nomination of jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti as a finalist for the Martin Ennals Award 2016, for those who “defend human rights with courage in the face of personal risk.”

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Family of Jailed Uyghur Scholar Faces Severe Hardship, Social Isolation

Radio Free Asia, 28 April 2016

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RFA Uyghur Service  The wife of jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti is facing extreme hardship and increasing isolation as she struggles to raise the couple’s young sons in Beijing, she told RFA. Guzelnur has been left with scant income to care for the couple’s young sons in Beijing while her husband serves a life sentence for “separatism,” she said.

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India cancels Chinese dissident leader’s visa

BBC News, 25 April 2016

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BBC News  India has cancelled the visa of Chinese dissident leader and Uighur activist Dolkun Isa after a protest by Beijing. Mr Isa, chairman of the World Uighur Congress, was due to attend a conference next week in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala. He said he was “disappointed” by the Indian government’s action.

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India cancels visa to exiled Uighur leader, draws opposition rebuke

Reuters, 25 April 2016

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By Sanjeev Miglani  India on Monday said it had withdrawn a visa to an exiled Uighur leader whom China has long branded a terrorist, provoking criticism from the opposition that it had buckled to pressure from Beijing.

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Dolkun Isa Statement on India’s Recent Visa Cancellation

For immediate release
25 April 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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As the Executive Committee Chairman of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), I express my disappointment on Indian authorities’ cancellation of my visa to attend the annual Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference taking place in Dharamsala, India, from April 30 to May 1, 2016.

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