How a censored version of Facebook could destabilize China’s government

The Washington Post, 28 December 2016

237802sc3By Kara Alaimo — Facebook is said to have developed censorship software in an effort to make it politically possible to operate in China, where the government has blocked access to the social network since 2009. Yes, giving in to the demands of an undemocratic regime to obstruct free speech would set a dangerous precedent.

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Why Christmas time in China means jail for human rights activists

The Guardian, 26 December 2016

2039ufiwov2By Benjamin Haas  As people celebrate around the world, a new Christmas tradition is increasingly popular in China: jailing political prisoners, hoping the distraction of the holiday season will lead to less attention.

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Under the Guise of Public Safety, China Demolishes Thousands of Mosques

Radio Free Asia, 24 December 2016

qwezqheqeRFA Uyghur Service — The Chinese government has destroyed thousands of mosques over the past three months in the restive Xinjiang region in Beijing’s latest attempt to “rectify” the largely Muslim population there, RFA’s Uyghur Service has learned.

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Framing of Uighurs as terrorist threat for Indonesia

The Jakarta Post, 22 December 2016

2016_03_16_1490_1458134803-_largeBy Patrik K. Meyer — “Securitization” is a process that most people are unfamiliar with, despite most governments using it extensively, rightfully or not, to convince their populations that their country is facing some sort of major security threat that needs to be addressed using exceptional measures.

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China Doesn’t Mind Islamic Extremists

Foreign Policy, 20 December 2016

By Alice Su — Ma Xin couldn’t find the Salafi mosque. We were walking through the northwestern city’s Xiaoxihu neighborhood, a traditionally Muslim minority-dominated area. Ma, a 24-year-old Chinese Muslim who’d recently graduated from university and was working for a halal fruit juice company, had promised to bring me to one of the mosques adhering to Salafi teaching.

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For Uighur exiles, Kashmir is heaven

Al Jazeera, 19 December 2016


By Sunaina Kumar — Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – On a wintry November morning in Srinagar, the largest city in Indian-administered Kashmir, Mohammad Abdullah sits on the carpeted floor in his living room, with a black and white portrait of his father, Haji Abdullah Karem, hanging on the wall.

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New Xinjiang Party Boss Boosts Surveillance, Police Patrols

Radio Free Asia, 18 December 2016

809uh9uohufuzzttzdt6RFA Uyghur Service — Already strict security controls in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region have been tightened further following the August appointment of Chen Quanguo, former party boss in neighboring Tibet, as Communist Party secretary, sources say.

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Systematic disregard of human rights rampant in China: Activists

The Tibet Post, 16 December 2016

hr-open-letterDharamshala — On the International Human Rights Day, activists from China, Tibet, East Turkestan, and Southern Mongolia, criticized the Chinese government for the worsening state of human rights in China and above regions.

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