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.Read More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →