China seals off restive Tibetan monastery

AFP, 27 September 2011

BEIJING — Police have cut Internet services and blocked roads near a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in southwest China where two monks set themselves alight in a call for religious freedom, according to witnesses.

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Uyghurs’ slight, elderly leader is no ‘existential threat’ to China

Democracy Digest, 26 September 2011

China’s communist authorities have exploited the West’s ignorance of Uyghurs’ history and culture to project their struggle for autonomy as a conflict with Islamist terrorists, says a leading dissident. 

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Britain ‘will not bow to China pressure over human rights’

The Telegraph, 26 September 2011
By Peter Foster

China’s attempts to use British business contacts to lobby Britain into taking a softer stance on human rights will fail, diplomatic sources have told The Daily Telegraph.

The comments come ahead of a UK-China Strategic Dialogue which opens Monday.

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For China’s Muslim schools, a balancing act

The Hindu, 25 September 2011
By Ananth Krishnan

For the Ningxia Islamic College’s 420 students, lessons can often be confusing.

During their morning classes, the students, all from China’s 10 million-strong Hui Muslim minority group, recite verses from the Koran and study Arabic.

When afternoon lessons resume, after prayers, their teachers shift tack: the students pore over Chinese textbooks on Socialist theory, learning about capital, labour and Communist Party philosophy.

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Uyghur Women’s Seminar Opens in Estonia

Press Release – For immediate release
24 September 2011
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

Two Members of Parliament and an Estonian Member of the European Parliament today welcomed 50-some Uyghur women who traveled from 10 countries to participate in a seminar and training workshop on women’s participation in promoting human rights and democracy.

MP Juku-Kalle Raid highlighted the parallels between Estonians’ historical experience under Soviet occupation and the current challenges facing the Uyghurs in preserving and freely developing their identity and cultural heritage.

MP Andres Herkel recalled the first time that the situation of the Uyghurs was raised in Estonia, 11 years ago, when the Estonian National Library provided meeting space — in the same room as today’s conference — for the founding of the World Uyghur Youth Congress, which later merged with another organization to form the World Uyghur Congress.  He commended the organizer of the seminar, the International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation (IUHRDF), for recognizing the vital importance of women’s participation in defending human rights.

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China’s Double Game on Terrorism

The  Wall Street Journal, 23 September 2011
By Rebiya Kadeer

As the U.S. and its allies were reflecting on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 atrocities, China’s Communist regime manipulated the occasion to present itself as a victim of Islamic extremism. Beijing also accused the U.S. of practicing double standards by not giving unqualified support to its military offensive against what it calls “Muslim separatism” in northwest China. It insisted this campaign is an integral component of the war on terror.

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Teachers Fired Over Mandarin Ability

RFA, 23 September 2011

Uyghur teachers are losing their jobs as authorities ramp up bilingual education in Xinjiang.

Uyghur primary school and kindergarten teachers in China’s Xinjiang region are losing their jobs at an alarming rate because they cannot speak fluent Mandarin, according to instructors, as Chinese authorities move to increase bilingual education in the region.

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Uyghur Prisoner In Kazakhstan Fears Extradition To China

RFU/RL, 23 September 2011

ALMATY — A Uyghur man from China’s northwestern Xinjiang Province who has been jailed for entering Kazakhstan illegally is worried he will be deported to China, RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service reports.

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