The three people from Xinjiang who set themselves on fire in downtown Beijing last month took the extreme action after their "unreasonable demands" were refused, the regional governor said here Friday.
On the eve of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi’s visit to the U.S. on March 9, 16 members of the U.S. Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urging her to make certain her conversations with the Chinese government are consistent with the true state of deteriorating human rights conditions in China.
China's defense spending has risen steadily in recent years. A government spokesman said on Wednesday the official military budget would grow to 480.7 billion yuan ($70.2 billion) in 2009, a 14.9 percent rise on last year.
A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), To Strike The Strongest Blow: Questions Remain Over Crackdown On 2009 Unrest In Urumchi, details widespread human rights violations committed by the People’s Republic of China in the wake of unrest in Urumchi on July 5, 2009.