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Aug 16, 2017

LOBBYING for human rights, in a universalist spirit that holds all countries to the same standards and avoids singling out any particular group or country for attention, is not something that comes naturally to the Trump administration.

Authorities take down a cross from a Protestant church in China's Zhejiang province in a file photo.  Photo courtesy of China Aid
Aug 16, 2017

Churches are raided, believers harassed and jailed, U.S. State Department says.

Aug 15, 2017

A deal between Beijing and the increasingly despotic Erdogan regime in Turkey is raising fears of a new phase of Chinese political influence, in which Chinese soft power is used to persuade foreign governments to allow the same type of pro-Beijing censorship that constricts the Chinese internet in their own countries.

Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in 2010. (Reuters photo: Joshua Roberts)
Aug 15, 2017

We are releasing today the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report. This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 – legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, as well as a universal human right

Seypidin Azizi (C) in a file photo.
Aug 14, 2017

The directive to recall Seypidin Azizi's books suggests Beijing aims to whitewash Uyghur history, observers say.

A policeman gestures in the old town of Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Photo: AFP
Aug 14, 2017

Uygur heartland has advertised more than 84,000 security-related positions since September 2016, nearly 50 per cent more than it did in the past 10 years

Aug 11, 2017

China is investigating its top social media sites, including WeChat and Weibo, for failing to comply with cyber laws, the latest step in the country's push to secure the internet and maintain strict Communist Party control over content.

Uyghur activist Dolkun Isa is shown in an undated photo.
Aug 10, 2017

They call Dolkun Isa's detention by Italian police an attack on the right to freedom of expression.

Hebibulla Tohti in an undated photo.
Aug 9, 2017

Hebibulla Tohti had been lauded by China’s official Islamic Association for his accomplishments.

The Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture in northwestern China's Xinjiang.
Aug 9, 2017

Ethnic minority Kazakh residents of China's Xinjiang say the authorities are continuing to issue restrictions targeting their community.

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