U.S. Religious Freedom Report

VoA, 18 September 2011

“The protection of religious freedom is a fundamental concern of the United States going back to the earliest days of our republic.”

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Dalai Lama snubbed in Brazil after Chinese fury at Mexico talks

The Telegraph, 18 September 2011
By Robin Yapp

The Dalai Lama has been snubbed by the Brazilian government during a tour of Latin America after China reacted furiously to talks he held with Mexico’s president.

The Tibetan spiritual leader spent three days in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, during which he made a series of high-profile public appearances.

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No Foreign Tie Seen in China Attacks

The Wall Street Journal, 17 September 2011
By BRIAN SPEGELE

BEIJING—Local authorities in China’s restive Xinjiang region backed away Friday from earlier claims that assailants in a series of recent attacks there had been trained overseas, muddying the central government’s assertion that the violence is being fueled by international terror groups rather than homegrown separatists.

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China: New appointments in the Communist Party organisation in Xinjiang – Implications

Chennai Centre for China Studies, 17 September 2011
By Ashok Tiku

According to Chinese language media, the Commander of the Xinjiang Military District, Peng Yong and a veteran legal expert Dr Xiong Xuanguo have recently been appointed as members of the Standing Committee of the Xinjiang regional Party Committee. With inclusion of the two, the composition of the membership in the top party structure has become wider than before.

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China Sentences Four Uighurs to Death Over Unrest

The New York Times, 16 September 2011
By ANDREW JACOBS

BEIJING — Four men accused by the government of being behind the bloodshed this summer that claimed dozens of lives in the far western region of Xinjiang have been sentenced to death, the state news media reported on Thursday. Two other men were given 19-year prison terms.

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Deportees’ Whereabouts Unknown

RFA, 16 September 2011

Chinese authorities remain mum over Uyghurs repatriated from Malaysia.

The whereabouts of 11 Uyghurs deported by Malaysia to China are still unknown nearly one month after their extradition, though Beijing is required by law to inform family members of their jailing.

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Book Review: Crackdown on China’s Uyghurs

Asia Sentinel, 16 September 2011
By Henryk Szadziewski

In February 1997, the Chinese government’s suppression of protests in Ghulja in northwest China thrust the Uyghur people briefly onto the world stage. The protests were an expression of dissent against the execution of Uyghur activists and a government crackdown on traditional Uyghur gatherings, or meshreps, which had been revived as a response to growing social problems in Ghulja’s Uyghur community.

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Reporting from the Far West

Aljazeera, 16 September 2011
By Melissa Chan

With our Al Jazeera crew, I visited a part of China that borders Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Pakistan, and is populated by a Muslim Turkic ethnic minority known as the Uighurs.

Several decades ago, Uighurs constituted 90 per cent of the population in this area.

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