China Accelerates Plan to Phase Out Prisoner Organ Harvesting

The Wall Street Journal, 3 November 2012

China plans to launch a national voluntary organ donation system early next year in a bid to fulfill growing transplant lists and phase out its long-criticized reliance on organs from executed prisoners.

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Beijing Lockdown Ahead Of Communist Congress

Sky News, 3 November 2012

Dissidents are removed from the Chinese capital as the 18th Communist Party Congress prepares to choose the country’s new leaders.

Dissidents have been forced out of Beijing as a security lockdown begins ahead of the 18th Communist Party Congress in China.

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China puts pressure on activists ahead of party congress

The Asahi Shimbun, 3 November 2012

BEIJING–Chinese security authorities are waging a “war” on anti-government activists ahead of the Communist Party of China’s National Congress, leading to restrictions on dissidents’ movements and forcing others to flee.

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China to cut jail organ-harvesting programs: Beijing to implement national organ donation service, reducing dependency on death-row donors

Al Jazeera, 2 November 2012

China plans to implement a new national donation system which will allow the government to phase out next year the practice of removing organs from executed prisoners to be used in transplant operations.

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The Challenge for Beijing’s New Leaders: Chinese No Longer Bow to Autocratic Rule

Spiegel Online, 2 November 2012

The time of autocratic rule has passed for China’s Communist Party. At one time it was understood that the people would obey, and everyone would get rich in return. But economic success will no longer suffice. Now the Chinese are demanding freedom and security too.

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From Toys to TV News, Jittery Beijing Clamps Down

The New York Times, 2 November 2012

BEIJING — A word of advice to anyone hoping to celebrate the gathering of Communist Party apparatchiks who are about to descend on the capital next week to anoint a new generation of Chinese leaders: Leave the balloons at home.

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Exile Group Denies Terror Link

RFA, 2 November 2012

The group says China is seeking to isolate Uyghurs from the international community.

An exile group has rejected a claim by Beijing that Muslim Uyghur separatists are fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government alongside Al Qaeda and other extremists, saying it was part of an attempt to link the ethnic minority to terrorist acts.

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Report to the UN Committee On The Rights of the Child (CRC)

Press Release – For immediate release
1 November 2012
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or
[email protected]

In its Fortieth Session, the Committee on the Rights of the Child (hereafter, ‘the Committee’) noted in its Concluding Observations of the People’s Republic of China’s (hereafter, ‘PRC’) Second Periodic Review that the PRC had translated the Convention on the Rights of the Child (hereafter, the ‘Convention’) into the “main minority languages”. However, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) notes that it has not been able 1 to locate a translation of the Convention – as well as other vital human rights treaties and their respective observations – into the Uyghur language either on the national or the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) government websites.

The report can be read in full here.

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