Britain finance chief slammed over visit to restive China region

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 11:52
George Osborne described "Britain's absolute commitment to support the growth of Urumqi together with the whole of the Xinjiang region" (AFP Photo/Andy Wong)

Campaign groups on Wednesday condemned Britain's finance minister for touting business opportunities ahead of human rights on a visit to China's violence-wracked Xinjiang region.

“Let Freedom Ring for Chinese, Tibetans, Uyghurs and Mongols”

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 15:55

Rally Urging President Obama to Press Chinese President Xi Jinping on human rights in China, September 25 11 am -1 pm, near the White House

Knife Attack at Xinjiang Coal Mine Leaves 40 Dead, Injured

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 15:47
Police search for fugitive 'terrorists' in Aksu, Aug. 9, 2014.

Several of the alleged ‘separatist’ perpetrators are believed to be on the run.

CHINA: USCIRF Calls on the Release of Ilham Tohti and other Prisoners of Conscience

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 15:42
Ilham Tohti and his wife in a photo sent to RFA's Uyghur Service via WeChat on Jan 13, 2014, two days before his detention.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) solemnly marks the one-year anniversary of the life sentence handed down to Chinese Uighur Muslim scholar Ilham Tohti for “separatism.”

Osborne 'must raise human rights abuse' on visit to volatile Chinese region

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 15:36
On a visit to the Shanghai stock exchange, George Osborne told his Chinese hosts: ‘Let’s stick together and make Britain China’s best partner in the west.’ Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Activists call on UK chancellor to speak out during Xinjiang visit and warn ‘you can’t do deals with abusive government without being complicit’

US Congressman Expresses Harsh Criticisms Towards China

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 19:43

As Washington prepares to roll out the red carpet next week for Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the United States, prominent Chinese dissidents, rights activists, and journalists gathered in Congress to present testimony on China’s dismal human rights record.

Neil Gaiman joins authors in urging Chinese president to release jailed writers

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 19:34
 Powerful voice … author Neil Gaiman

More than 40 authors, including Jonathan Franzen, Neil Gaiman and Ian McEwan, have written an open letter to Xi Jinping, ahead of his first US state visit, expressing ‘concern about the deteriorating state of free expression in China’

PEN Appeals to Xi Jinping for Release of Imprisoned Chinese

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 20:37
In 2014, Ilham Tohti, an ethnic Uighur and an economist, was charged with separatism and sentenced to life in prison.Credit Andy Wong/Associated Press

For them, pens and laptops are the tools of their trade and their megaphones to the world. 

Obama to take tough but tempered line with China's Xi

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 20:36
President Obama and President Xi Jinping at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in November 2014. Credit Pool photo by Greg Baker

China’s economic powerhouse is slowing, destabilizing global markets. Beijing’s neighbors, unnerved over its pursuit of territorial claims, are increasingly cozying up to Washington. A threat of U.S. cyber sanctions looms over Chinese companies.

Retribution Increases Against Those Aiding Human Rights Inquiries

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 19:42
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights

Those who give evidence to United Nations human rights investigators are facing increasingly severe reprisals, the United Nations Human Rights Council said Tuesday in a report naming 20 countries that took action against rights defenders and activists in the past year.


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