The Melbourne International Film Festival has released a sneak preview of this year's program and, yes, there are films from China on the list. Last year, MIFF incurred the wrath of Chinese authorities because it screened a film about Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer, who was also a festival guest.
The new leader of the restive region of Xinjiang in western China has announced a series of economic measures to bolster confidence in the regional government, which was widely criticized by ordinary citizens after deadly ethnic rioting there last summer.
THE Melbourne International Film Festival will be honoured with Liberty Victoria's free speech award - the Voltaire award - in recognition of its refusal to buckle in the face of intense pressure from a foreign government and a left-wing filmmaker last year.
New accounts detailing the detention of ethnic Uyghurs in northwest China in the wake of deadly unrest show how authorities have targeted members of the mostly Muslim minority, keeping them in custody without access to family and often without indicating when they might be tried or freed.
TWO American lawmakers have submitted legislation designed to punish Cambodia for last year’s deportation of 20 Uighur asylum seekers by barring the reduction or elimination of more than US$300 million in debt as well as the extension of duty-free status to Cambodian garments imported into the country.
The WUC and UHRP have jointly submitted an alternative report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) for consideration during the 56th session of the Committee from November 9 to December 9, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.