June 2017

China is Demoting Human Rights at the UN

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 18:26

China is using its growing influence not only to isolate Taiwan from the United Nations, but also to combat the organization’s general work on human rights. Increased Chinese funding and determination could redefine the very concept of human rights, with devastating consequences for democratic countries.

Xinjiang Authorities Take Further Steps Towards Total Digital Surveillance

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 15:18
A Uyghur man uses his mobile phone above shops at a bazaar in Hotan, in China's Xinjiang region, April 15, 2015.

Residents of the regional capital must hand over all digital devices by the end of July as part of an ‘anti-terror’ operation.

China Won’t Let Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Laureate, Get Cancer Treatment Abroad

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 15:13
Video clips showing Liu Xiaobo receiving treatment, left, and praising his care in prison. The clips’ release seemed aimed at blunting suggestions that China had allowed him to grow gravely ill. Credit Andy Wong/Associated Press

The Chinese authorities have refused permission for Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace laureate paroled from prison for cancer treatment, to go abroad for care, one of his lawyers said on Thursday.

British minister accused of 'appeasing' China during human rights talks

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 15:09
 Authorities try to remove a pro-democracy activist in Hong Kong who on Wednesday hung a banner that reads ‘Release Liu Xiaobo unconditionally, Hong Kong people want genuine universal suffrage’. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

Foreign office minister Mark Field said he was ‘pleased’ by the UK-China dialogue but activists say crackdown is worst in decades

Security Clampdown in Far-Western China Exacts Toll on Businesses

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:41
Police check the identity cards of ethnic Uighurs and search their bags in the main square in Xinjiang's famed Silk Road city of Kashgar in China's far northwestern, mainly Muslim Xinjiang region on August 8, 2008.

The economy of the vast Xinjiang region in far western China is officially growing at a robust pace, faster than the country as a whole. That is largely thanks to big investments in infrastructure from Beijing as the region - with its links to much of central Asia - is critical to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s new Silk Road initiative.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia: insurmountable obstacles and unmanageable risks?

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:36

At the mid-May Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) summit in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $124 billion to expand transportation links and infrastructure between Asia, Africa and Europe, showcasing his commitment to the massive project.

China, Kyrgyzstan border forces hold exercises to stop arms smuggling

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:39

Chinese and Kyrgyzstan border forces held exercises on Tuesday in China's Xinjiang region to bolster defenses against the smuggling of weapons, China's state media reported.

Human trafficking: US downgrades China over record

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:28

China "is not making significant efforts" to stop human trafficking, the US says, claiming that fewer people are now being prosecuted than before.

Overcoming censorship in China

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:17

Voice of America and Radio Free Asia are a vital source of uncensored information throughout China, especially on forbidden topics including the financial system, environmental pollution and human rights for Tibetans and ethnic Uyghurs.

Uyghur Woman Missing Three Years After Being Sent Back From Vietnam

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 22:17
Rizwangul Tursun is shown in an undated photo.

Rizwangul Tursun was returned to China after trying to travel to Turkey to join her family in exile.

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