Freed from Guantanamo, Uighur makes pizzas in Tirana

The Express Tribune, 11 January 2012

TIRANA: Abu Bakker Qassim, a Chinese Muslim freed from Guantanamo and granted asylum in Albania, now makes pizzas in Tirana as he looks forward to being a father again, but with no hope of returning to China.

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The Problem Prisoners: Ten of the most controversial detainees still held at Guantánamo

Foreign Policy, 11 January 2012

Ten years after it was established, 171 detainees are still being held at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. Despite promises at the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency, the facility seems unlikely to be shut down anytime soon. While the very existence of the camp is controversial, some cases have drawn particular attention.

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‘Banned’ Uighur film for overseas network

The Australian, 10 January 2012

THE ABC has declared it will screen the controversial Australian-made documentary about exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer on the Australia Network this year.

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Invisible walls in Xinjiang: The tree that bleeds: a Uighur town on the edge – a new book by Nick Holdstock

Asia Times, 10 January 2012
By Michael Rank

If the name Yining means anything at all to the outside world, it means inter-ethnic strife. This remote city in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang was rocked in 1997 by riots, officially said to have been fomented by drug addicts, thieves and other “social garbage”, but viewed by the outside world as the result of Chinese repression of Uyghur and other ethnic groups who are being increasingly outnumbered by Han Chinese.

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Australia Broadcaster Kowtows to China: State-funded network censors film on Uighurs

Asia Sentinel, 9 January 2012

Australia is forever lecturing other countries, particularly small ones like Fiji, on rights and freedoms so it is particularly shocking to learn of the censorship practiced by the state-funded Australia Network to please China, largest buyer of its minerals. The domestic Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) may also be implicated.

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Six-year-old Missing After ‘Terror’ Incident

RFA, 9 January 2012

New details emerge about the seven Uyghurs killed in a hostage incident in China’s restive Xinjiang region.

A six-year-old ethnic Uyghur boy has been missing for 11 days in China’s troubled Xinjiang region amid speculations he may have been shot when police personnel opened fire and killed seven Uyghurs, who were with him and were branded by the Chinese authorities as terrorists, local villagers said.

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Daily Star, 8 January 2012
By Jonathan Corke

CHINA’S appalling human rights record could spark bloody protests during the Olympics, intelligence chiefs fear.

Documents obtained by the Daily Star Sunday show spooks have graded countries using a “traffic light system” according to the risks they attract.

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China Faces Ongoing Tension in Restive Xinjiang

VoA News, 7 January 2012

China’s far northwestern Xinjiang region is settled primarily by the Muslim Uighurs who have long chafed under Chinese rule. In recent years, there have been episodes of violence between locals and security forces, but who is at fault remains a matter of dispute.

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