September 2009

Censorship and attacks on journalists in run-up to 1 October anniversary

Tue, 09/29/2009 - 12:00

“Government security paranoia in the run-up to the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China on 1 October has led to a reinforcement of online censorship and abusive behaviour towards foreign journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said today.

Empire State Building Goes Red & Yellow for China; Outrage Ensues

Tue, 09/29/2009 - 12:00

The Empire State Building's publicists inform us -- like they're proud of it! -- that tomorrow ESB will glow red and yellow to honor the 60th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China. At 10 a.m. members of the Consul General of the People's Republic, including Consul General Peng Keyu, will "flip the light switch on a scale model of the Empire State Building," and either America will blow up or the lights will go on.

The Meaning of Freedom

Tue, 09/29/2009 - 12:00

Why the Supreme Court should step in to decide the latest detention controversy

2 Brothers' Grim Tale Of Loyalty And Limbo

Mon, 09/28/2009 - 12:00

Bahtiyar Mahnut, a detainee at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, learned a few weeks ago that the Pacific island nation of Palau had invited him to settle there.

Rebiya Kadeer and Taipei - The Ma government missteps

Mon, 09/28/2009 - 12:00

Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou was elected last year largely to improve the island's economy through closer links with China. His government is misinterpreting that mandate to include closer ties with China's authoritarian politics, too.

Authorities Impose Restrictions on Lawyers Defending Xinjiang Suspects Amid Official Announcement on Arranging Legal Defense

Mon, 09/28/2009 - 12:00

In the aftermath of the forceful police suppression of a demonstration held by Uyghurs in the far western region of Xinjiang on July 5 and outbreaks of violence starting that day, authorities in Xinjiang and Beijing have taken steps to restrict lawyers' activities defending people accused of committing crimes on July 5

Xinjiang Authorities Continue Detentions, Announce Arrests Connected to July 5 Incident

Mon, 09/28/2009 - 12:00

Following the forceful police suppression of a demonstration held by Uyghurs in the far western region of Xinjiang on July 5 and outbreaks of violence starting that day, Xinjiang authorities have reported on continuing detentions and arrests in connection to events on July 5.

Documentary on Kadeer will screen at film festival

Mon, 09/28/2009 - 12:00

The Kaohsiung Film Archive and the organizing committee of the 2009 Kaohsiung Film Festival yesterday announced it would go ahead with plans to screen The 10 Conditions of Love, a documentary about exiled Uighur rights activist Rebiya Kadeer, during the festival beginning on Oct. 16.

China makes it illegal to discuss independence for Xinjiang

Mon, 09/28/2009 - 12:00

A new law in the far-western Chinese province of Xinjiang makes it a criminal offence for people to discuss separatism on the internet, according to state media.

Explosion in Beijing Uyghur Xinjiang Cuisine Restaurant, Multiple Wounded

Mon, 09/28/2009 - 12:00

An explosion leveled an ethnic Uyghur restaurant in downtown Beijing Friday morning, raising security concerns ahead of China's 60th anniversary celebrations next week.

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