April 2007

82 Inmates Cleared but Still Held at Guantanamo

Mon, 04/30/2007 - 12:00

More than a fifth of the approximately 385 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been cleared for release but may have to wait months or years for their freedom because U.S. officials are finding it increasingly difficult to line up places to send them, according to Bush administration officials and defense lawyers.

Canadian FM demands access to citizen jailed in China

Mon, 04/30/2007 - 12:00

Canada's Foreign Minister Peter MacKay demanded consular access to a jailed Canadian citizen in China on Monday during a meeting with his newly appointed counterpart Yang Jiechi.

International Olympic Committee sidesteps human rights issues in China

Fri, 04/27/2007 - 12:00

The IOC will not pressure China on human rights or other political issues ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. "We are not in a position that we can give instructions to governments as to how they ought to behave," Hein Verbruggen, chief of the IOC's coordination commission for the Beijing Games, said Wednesday.

"EU arms embargo must continue to protect Taiwan” New report warns of danger of war in East Asia

Fri, 04/27/2007 - 04:00

China’s rearmament is increasing the danger of war in East Asia, warns the Society for Threatened Peoples (GfBV) in its human rights report "EU arms embargo must continue to protect Taiwan . In it the GfbV calls on the EU not to ignore the growing fears among China’s neighbours of the gain in military strength of the People’s Republic.

Repression Of Chinese Minorities

Thu, 04/26/2007 - 12:00

In its annual human rights report on China, the U.S. State Department expressed great concern over continued violations of the political, religious, and cultural rights of China’s Uighur Muslims.

Scholar Explores History of China's Xinjiang Region

Thu, 04/26/2007 - 12:00

Georgetown University Associate Professor James Millward presents the first comprehensive history of Xinjiang, the vast central Eurasian region bordering India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Mongolia, in his new book Eurasian Crossroads (Columbia University Press, 2007).

China again tells Canada not to meddle in Celil case

Thu, 04/26/2007 - 12:00

Canada has no right to interfere in the case of a Canadian Muslim activist sentenced this month to life in prison in China for alleged terror links, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

China boom 'threatens minorities'

Thu, 04/26/2007 - 12:00

Some of China's biggest minority groups are failing to benefit from China's rapid economic development, a new report has found.

Activists Turn Up Heat on Beijing Olympics

Thu, 04/26/2007 - 12:00

Today, the host of the 2008 Summer Games plans to reveal the route of the torch relay that will carry the Olympic flame into Beijing. But in what may be a prelude of things to come, four people were detained on Mount Everest yesterday for protesting a proposal to carry the flame up the world's tallest mountain, on the border with politically sensitive Tibet.

Inherited Persecution - China imprisons the son of a human rights activist

Thu, 04/26/2007 - 12:00

Last week China sentenced Ablikim Abdureyim to nine years in prison. His crime? Having a human rights activist for a mother. His mother, Rebiya Kadeer, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, had been warned. When she was released from her imprisonment in 2005 to the United States, she was told to keep quiet about China's treatment of Uighurs, a Turkic-language Muslim minority.