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Jun 16, 2017

New repression in Xinjiang risks a Uighur backlash.

Illustration on the persecution of Christians as a human rights issue by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times
May 3, 2017

Faith, the most basic liberty, is threatened in more and more places

Karim Cheurfi, the gunman who opened fire on police on Paris's iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard Thursday night. AP Photo
Apr 24, 2017

Tackling the rise of extremist groups such as ISIL is an enormously complex task. It requires an understanding of the ideology that gains recruits, of the motives of its leaders and of the countries and communities in which it operates. And all of that is quite apart from the tactics of the military fight against the group.

Rebiya Kadeer (file photo). Author: United States Mission Geneva
Apr 10, 2017

Rebiya Kadeer is probably the best-known activist —at least in the Western world— of the Uyghur national movement.

Mar 6, 2017

It was February 27 when, outside the sprawling convention centre in Urumqi, Chen Quanguo declared a “people’s war” against an insurgency that Beijing has been finding hard to eradicate. 

Police patrolling near the site of an explosion in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Dec 2014
Mar 6, 2017

China has long had an uneasy relationship with the Uighurs, Muslims who constitute a majority of the population in the western province of Xinjiang. 

Jan 30, 2017

Tsai Ing-wen can turn dilemma of Kadeer's visit into opportunity

Zhou Qiang, chief justice of China's Supreme Court, recently told provincial judges to resist Western ideals of judicial independence. (China Daily/Reuters)
Jan 27, 2017

A NATION under the rule of law must have a commitment that no one is exempt from justice. China has courts, judges and lawyers, but the Communist Party remains above the law.

A Syrian woman walks through the destruction in the old cityof Aleppo, Syria, on Thursday.
Jan 23, 2017

As our nation commemorated National Religious Freedom Day on Jan. 16, marking Virginia's adoption in 1786 of Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom, we recalled the billions of people who live in countries where this fundamental right is violated.

Former chief secretary of the Hong Kong Civil Service, Dame Anson Chan.  Photo: Steven Siewert
Jan 4, 2017

Dame Anson Chan was the chief secretary of the Hong Kong Civil Service under both British and Chinese authorities. She remains an experienced and knowledgeable observer of mainland politics.

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