May 2010

Independence on the big screens

Mon, 05/31/2010 - 12:00

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.

Watchdog: Nations getting away with murder

Sun, 05/30/2010 - 12:00

Amnesty International says '09 a year of human rights setbacks, progress

Court to Guantánamo Uighurs: Accept resettlement or stay in prison

Sat, 05/29/2010 - 12:00

The five remaining Uighur detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp have turned down

China Announces Development Plan for Restive Region

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 12:00

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.

Amnesty report slams global abuses

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 12:00

Amnesty International has accused the United States, Russia and China of ignoring human rights violations by allies and failing to open their own records to scrutiny in its annual survey.

No regrets, now an award for film festival

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 12:00

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.

Muslims Face New Curbs

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 12:00

Authorities in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have officially introduced new religious curbs in the mostly Muslim area, according to a directive published online.

New Details on Arrests

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 12:00

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.


Wed, 05/26/2010 - 12:00

Bill Denies Economic Benefits To Cambodia In Response To Human Rights Abuses

US bill targets Kingdom over Uighur case

Wed, 05/26/2010 - 12:00

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.