June 2007

China Confiscates Muslims' Passports

Wed, 06/27/2007 - 12:00

Authorities in northwestern China have begun confiscating the passports of Muslims, mostly members of the Uyghur ethnic minority, apparently to prevent them from making the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, local residents and officials say.

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of the People's Republic...

Wed, 06/27/2007 - 12:00

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of the People's Republic of China should immediately release from custody the children of Rebiya Kadeer and Canadian citizen Huseyin Celil and should refrain from further engaging in acts of cultural, linguistic, and religious suppression directed against the Uyghur people, and for other purposes.

Pakistan: no to forcible return of Uighurs to China

Mon, 06/25/2007 - 12:00

Ahead of a bilateral meeting between China and Pakistan, Amnesty International is urging the Pakistan government not to forcibly return 22 unnamed Uighurs to China for fear that they could be at risk of serious human rights violations.

Rebiya Kadeer, with Alexandra Cavelius The Stormer of the Sky

Fri, 06/22/2007 - 12:00

Rebiya Kadeer, China’s most well-known dissident, was at one time the richest and most powerful woman of the People’s Republic. But when she began to struggle for the rights of her people, the Uigurs, an Islamic minority in China, she became the most hated woman in the regime.

Unintended Uighurs

Thu, 06/14/2007 - 12:00

Although it is easy to forget in the strange first decade of the 21st century, warning against the unintended consequences of rash government action was once a favorite theme of conservatives. Prudence was what traditional conservatives counseled.

Sino-Canadian Relations Enter Uncharted Waters

Thu, 06/14/2007 - 12:00

Only eighteen months ago, China’s relations with Canada seemed to be at their best in history. President Hu Jintao had visited Prime Minister Paul Martin in Ottawa, declaring that a bilateral strategic partnership was established and the two countries would cooperate in a range of areas from energy security to environment to trade and investment.

US Federal Bureau of Investigation Seeks Further Cooperation with China

Wed, 06/13/2007 - 12:00

The FBI, America's federal police agency, says it is seeking increased cooperation with its Chinese counterparts, and is offering the Chinese assistance for the 2008 Olympic games. An FBI official says one obstacle to cooperation is the lack of an extradition treaty, making repatriation of wanted individuals from one country to the other more difficult. Daniel Schearf reports from Beijing.

An Olympic Reprieve for China's Convicts

Wed, 06/13/2007 - 12:00

For those facing time on China's death row, it must have come as a rare piece of good news: late last week, the Chinese government said it has reduced the number of prisoners it will execute this year.

China's Right to Punish Secessionist Activists

Wed, 06/13/2007 - 12:00

In her May 30 editorial-page essay "My Chinese Jailers," Rebiya Kadeer accused China of punishing her son out of retaliation for her human-rights activism. This is sheer slander.

Group calls on China to define 'state secret'

Tue, 06/12/2007 - 04:00

What do mailing newspaper clippings to your husband, defending displaced tenants and writing a doctoral thesis using 50-year-old library records have in common?