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Dec 8, 2005

The current (Dec. 1) issue of The Economist includes a profile of "China's far west"—a region variously known as Xinjiang (to the Chinese), or East Turkestan or Uighurstan to its indigenous inhabitants, the Turkic and Muslim Uighurs.

Dec 5, 2005

GULI, a young woman in Yining, on China's far western border with Central Asia, is part of an HIV/AIDS problem that is intensely embarrassing for China.

Dec 2, 2005

The use of torture is widespread in China and the country needs major structural reform to its legal system for the situation to improve, a top U.N. envoy said on Friday.

Dec 2, 2005

The Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment concluded a two-week visit to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) today.

Dec 1, 2005

In dampening resentment, nothing succeeds like success
TO CHINESE cadres, the town of Yining is an advertisement for their country's six-year-old policy of boosting development in lagging western regions...

Nov 29, 2005

The young men studying at the Islam College in Urumqi, near China's western border, sit ramrod straight listening intently to their teacher.

Nov 22, 2005

The UN special envoy on torture has said that his invitation to visit China indicates growing awareness in Beijing that the practice is still widely used.

Nov 22, 2005

Rebiya Kadeer is fighting to bring the Chinese leadership before an international human rights tribunal. She accuses the regime of repressing the Uighurs, a Muslim minority in northwest China.

Nov 21, 2005

The U.N. envoy on torture arrives in China on Monday as Beijing grapples with a series of cases in which people have been wrongly convicted after giving forced confessions, a practice rights groups says happens too often.

Nov 19, 2005

In 1956 an 18-year-old boy named Chen Shujie followed orders from his work unit in the central province of Henan and set off for the furthest side of China, along with scores of other young "volunteers".

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