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Police Kill 8 Uighurs as China Cites a Terrorist Ambush

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 21:08

The police in Xinjiang, the ethnically divided region in far western China, fatally shot eight people on Friday after what the state-run news media described as an attack by assailants armed with bombs made from gas cylinders.

China says 11 'terrorists' killed in new Xinjiang unrest

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 21:05
An anti-terrorism force at an anti-terrorism joint exercise in Hami in northwest China's Xinjiang region on July 2, 2013 (AFP/File)

Eleven "terrorists" were killed during an attack in China's far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, state news agency Xinhua said, in the latest violence to hit a part of the country with a large Muslim population.

Meet Canada’s defender of the faiths

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 21:02
The fact that Andrew Bennett is Christian — and has focused a lot on the persecution of Christians — has raised suspicions about Tory motives. Others say that the attention is long overdue.

The ambassador in charge of Ottawa's Office of Religious Freedom defends his mission to support global communities under threat. But some critics see the office as a political tool.

Kerry Talks Human Rights, N. Korea in China

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 20:59
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Feb. 14, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Beijing where he met with senior Chinese officials to discuss rival territorial claims in the region, North Korea's nuclear program, and human rights concerns.

Australia’s biggest threat is China, Australian Strategic Policy Institute report finds

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 20:57
 On the march ... People's Liberation Army naval officers on parade in Beijing. Source: AFP

The greatest risk to Australia’s future security is a combination of China’s frightening economic growth and the possible withdrawal from the region of a weakened United States.

State Security Trials on the Rise in Xinjiang

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 21:09
A SWAT team trains in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi, Dec. 16, 2013.

Government figures on the number of trials are getting less and less transparent, a rights group says.

Calling Out China's Lawlessness

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 19:32
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel. Associated Press

The U.S. points out that Beijing's claims to the South China Sea don't stand up.

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Chairmen Express Deep Concern Over the Recent Arrest of Uyghur Economics Professor Ilham Tohti

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 19:28

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission co-chairmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) today expressed deep concern over the recent arrest and continued detention of economics professor and Uyghur rights advocate Ilham Tohti.

Using the 'T' Word to Justify Human Rights Abuses

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 19:26

From China to Burma to Egypt, some governments invoke the "T" word to justify official conduct that runs afoul of international human rights law.

Spanish judge issues arrest warrants for China's former President, Prime Minister

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 19:24
[File photo] Former President of China Jiang Zemin (left) and former PM Li Peng in Beijing on 17 March (year unknown)

A Spanish judge issued international arrest warrants Monday for China's former President Jiang Zemin and former Prime Minister Li Peng for alleged genocide against the people of Tibet, Spain's National Court in Madrid said.

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