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UN rights chief raises concerns with China over crackdown

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 19:37
Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein

The U.N. human rights chief on Tuesday called on China to immediately release all lawyers it has in detention, after raising concerns with Chinese authorities over a crackdown against government critics, legal experts and advocacy groups in recent months.

Dissidents fearful as Thailand, once a haven, favors China

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 19:33
Chinese dissident Liu Xuehong speaks during an interview with Reuters in Bangkok February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

One night last month, Liu Xuehong stood weeping outside the gates of the United Nations headquarters in Bangkok, begging the guards to let her in.

Xinjiang Region of China Bans Glacier Tourism, Citing Risk to Ecosystem

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 19:42

Glaciologists in China and elsewhere have said for years thatclimate change is the main cause of glacier erosion, which threatens the water sources of much of humanity.

New American Voices: Family Escapes Repression, Finds Peace In Central Ohio

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 19:35

In the latest installment of 89.7’s New American Voices series, a profile of Tursunay Awut, a member of the Eurasian ethnic group known as Uyghurs. She and her family left China several years ago and eventually settled in Bexley.

(Old) False Accusations to Discredit WUC Executive Chairman

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 21:46

On the occasion of his regular press conference on 16 February 2016, answering a question, the Chinese Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson Mr Hong Lei has claimed that Mr Dolkun Isa ...

Two Uyghur Suspects Plead Innocent in Bangkok Bombing

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 21:18
Adem Karadag arrives at a Thai military court for arraignment on charges related to the August 2015 fatal bombing at a Hindu shrine, Feb. 16, 2016.

Lawyer: Adem Karadag claimed he was tortured to gain confession.

Taiwan Blocks Leader of Uyghur Organization From Attending Conference

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:54
World Uyghur Congress official Dolkun Isa speaks to RFA in Washington on Nov. 11, 2012. RFA

Dolkun Isa of the World Uyghur Congress says authorities are preventing him from participating in a religious freedom forum scheduled later this month.

China Injects a Heavy Dose of Ideology Into New Year’s Eve Gala

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:49
“The General and the Soldier” skit, seen in a video still, was one of many in the broadcast that carried political overtones. The annual gala stretched on for more than four hours and was watched by about a billion people worldwide.

“Too handsome! Aren’t they handsome,” the actor Ju Zhaojie cooed as dozens of soldiers, from an honor guard of the People’s Liberation Army, stamped off the stage, issuing earsplitting shouts.

China's young reporters give up on journalism: 'You can't write what you want'

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:42
 A man reads the Southern Weekly at a newsstand in Beijing. The once respected liberal broadsheet was forced to censor its content. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

The ever greater constraints placed on news reporting by Xi Jinping mean many Chinese journalists see no point in pursuing a media career

China Calls for Punishment for Hong Kong ‘Separatists’

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:38
Supporters help an accused rioter (left, in jacket) into a taxi following a court hearing in Hong Kong, Feb. 11, 2016. AFP

City's growing pro-independence movement is arousing Beijing's ire in the wake of bloody clashes

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