China must avoid excessive force in response to Tibetan protests

Amnesty International, 24 January 2012

China must avoid using excessive force in response to protests and allow independent monitors into areas of protest, Amnesty International said today after Chinese security forces in Sichuan Province reportedly fired on Tibetan protestors for a second successive day.

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China accuses Tibet activists of ‘distorting’ clashes

BBC News, 24 January 2012

China has accused Tibet activists of ”distorting truth” over a clash in Sichuan province on Monday.

Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said “overseas secessionist groups” trying to discredit the government would not succeed, state news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday.

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Hundreds Missing In Riot Aftermath

RFA, 24 January 2012

A rights group says hundreds of Uyghurs remained unaccounted for in China in 2011.

More than two years after ethnic riots rocked China’s northwestern Xinjiang, hundreds of minority Uyghurs remain missing, casting a shadow over developments in the volatile autonomous region, a human rights group says in a report.

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China: A Year of Illegal, Politically-Motivated Disappearances

HRW, 24 January 2012

(New York) – The Chinese government’s use of illegal enforced disappearances to silence dissenters was just one of several ominous setbacks to human rights protections in 2011, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2012, released today.

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IFJ Asia-Pacific Report: China’s New Clampdown – Press Freedom in China 2011

International Federation of Journalists, 23 January 2012

International Federation of Journalists — The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) initiated a program in early 2008 to monitor and report on press freedom and violations of media rights in China in the lead-up to the Olympic Games in Beijing in August 2008. The IFJ’s first annual report on press freedom in China, China’s Olympic Challenge, assessed the media environment through 2008 and, even as it noted many instances of infringements of journalists’ rights and media freedom, there was some optimism at year’s end that China was moving, even if slowly, toward a more free, safe and secure working environment for local and foreign journalists.

They highlight some of the most significant challenges faced by journalists and media workers operating in China, including Hong Kong and Macau.

Aside from outlining the situation for local and foreign journalists, this year’s report reflects a much more frustrating situation in China, with many journalists being sacked or forced to leave their original workplaces as the scent of the “Chinese Jasmine Revolution” spread from the Middle East to China in February 2011.

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Warning Over China’s Rights Record

RFA, 23 January 2012

Last year’s rights record is an alarming sign of what may be still to come, says a rights group.

A rights group has warned of worsening human rights abuses in China after charting 2011 as a year of unprecedented, illegal disappearances in the wake of the Arab Spring revolts in North Africa and the Middle East.

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Crackdown on Chinese dissidents

The Washington Post, 22 January 2012

“AS FAR AS WE, state security, can tell, there are no more than 200 intellectuals in the country who oppose the Communist Party and are influential. If the central authorities think that their rule is facing a crisis, they can capture them all in one night and bury them alive.”

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