More Chinese Dissidents Appear to Disappear

The New York Times, 2 September 2011

BEIJING — Last Jan. 27, an Inner Mongolian rights activist, Govruud Huuchinhuu, suddenly vanished after leaving a hospital where she had undergone treatment for cancer. On Feb. 16, the Beijing human-rights lawyer Tang Jitian vanished after being forcibly taken away by police officers. On May 30, an ethnic Uighur, Ershidin Israel, vanished after being deported to China from Kazakhstan as a terrorism suspect. In the next two weeks, three other Uighurs vanished as well.

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Urumqi In ‘Anti-Terror’ Lockdown

RFA, 2 Sptember 2011

Chinese security personnel bring the Xinjiang capital to a standstill during an international trade expo.

As Urumqi braces for a five-day trade fair, China says it has foiled “terror” plots by extremists during a visit by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.

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China-Eurasia Expo Brings Beijing Olympic-Like Security to Xinjiang

The Epoch Times, 2 September 2011
By Li Ming

While the first ever China-Eurasia Expo in the northwestern Chinese autonomous region of Xinjiang is much celebrated by China’s communist authorities, the expo has brought much inconvenience to the local Uyghur residents ever since it opened on Thursday.

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China: Account for Forcibly Returned Uighurs: Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan Appear to Succumb to Chinese Demands to Deport

HRW, 2 September 2011

(Washington, DC) – China should account for Chinese citizens of Uighur ethnicity who were forcibly returned from three Asian countries on August 6 and August 8, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the Chinese government. The Chinese government should also stop pressuring other governments to return Uighurs without allowing them the opportunity to challenge their deportations or to seek asylum, Human Rights Watch said.

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Top official in China’s Xinjiang says attacks on trade fair thwarted, but gives few details

The Washington Post, 1 September 2011

BEIJING — A Chinese official said security forces defused several plots to sabotage an international trade fair in the turbulent region of Xinjiang, though he provided few details.

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Uighurs in short supply at far western China trade fair

Reuters, 1 September 2011
By Ben Blanchard

URUMQI, China, Sept 1 (Reuters) – China’s far western region of Xinjiang opened its largest ever trade fair on Thursday, but a marked absence of the Uighur people who call the area home underscored the challenge facing the government in addressing the root economic causes of unrest.

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China: Don’t Legalize Secret Detention

HRW, 1 September 2011

(New York) – Proposed legislation in China to empower the security apparatus to detain criminal suspects secretly for up to six months in undisclosed locations would be a major setback for basic human rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Chinese human rights activists, lawyers, and legal experts have strongly opposed the measure, which would violate China’s international legal obligations.

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