February 2008

Kosovo “independence” brings new uncertainties in Asia

Fri, 02/22/2008 - 03:00

The unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo, with the support of the US and a number of European powers, has produced destabilising shockwaves beyond the Balkans. There is a widespread recognition in Asia and elsewhere that carving out a nation-state by recognising a small group of people on ethnic or religious lines could apply to any country.

Exiled voice wants Games to cast light on repression

Wed, 02/20/2008 - 11:00

As a career woman, Rebiya Kadeer once seemed to have it all: a successful trading store that made her the 11-richest business person in China, and no less than 11 children.

Rights group demands inquiry on deadly China raid

Wed, 02/20/2008 - 11:00

A US-based rights group called Wednesday for an independent investigation into the police killings of two suspected Muslim separatists and the arrest of 15 others in China's restive Xinjiang region.

Uyghur American Association calls for independent inquiry into Urumchi "terror" raid

Tue, 02/19/2008 - 11:00

State-controlled Chinese media reports indicate that on January 27, People’s Republic of China (PRC) security forces killed two people and captured 15 others in a "terror" raid in Urumchi, the capital of East Turkestan (designated as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region by PRC authorities).

Kosova's Independence Sets Precedent

Mon, 02/18/2008 - 11:00

As the world’s nations contemplate whether to recognize Kosova’s newly declared independence, many wonder what it will mean for other similar regions, such as Abkhazia, Taiwan, and Northern Cyprus, for international law, and for the definition of self determination in general.

China kills two "terrorists" in Xinjiang raid

Mon, 02/18/2008 - 11:00

Chinese police shot and killed two members of a "terrorist gang" and rounded up 15 others during a raid last month in the restive northwestern Muslim region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

China 'deeply concerned' by Kosovo independence

Mon, 02/18/2008 - 11:00

In a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry's website, China has expressed "deep concern" that Kosovo has declared its independence.

Workers Take on China's Power in Xinjiang

Sun, 02/17/2008 - 11:00

Small groups of Chinese migrant workers in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are challenging the might of oil powers and paramilitary farming and mining concerns in a bid to win back money they say is owed to them.

Human rights protests rattle Olympics

Fri, 02/15/2008 - 11:00

With Steven Spielberg's announcement that he will not organise the opening ceremonies, the Olympic Games in Beijing may have already lost a battle. A growing chorus of athletes are starting to speak out.

Now Archbishop Desmond Tutu urges boycott of Beijing Olympics over China's failure to act in Darfur

Fri, 02/15/2008 - 11:00

Archbishop Desmond Tutu warned China could face an international boycott of the Beijing Olympics if they did not move to end the atrocities in Darfur.