October 2015

Dispatches: Ending the One-Child Policy Does Not Equal Reproductive Freedom in China

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 18:47

The Chinese government’s announcement today that it will allow all couples to have two children finally puts an end to its decades-long “one-child” policy.

Human-rights in China ‘worse since Xi’s reign’, activists tell Merkel in private Beijing embassy meeting: official

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 18:43
German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to a student of the Jinputao school in Xinnacun village in the Baohe district of Hefei, China. Photo: AFP

Risking host’s ire, German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds private meeting with nine activists after leader’s pow-wow

MEDIA ADVISORY - 2015 Lantos Prize Laureates Announced

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 19:38

Kadeer, Manji, Hirsi Ali, To Be Named 2015 Lantos Prize Laureates. Three Women of Muslim Heritage to Receive Distinguished Lantos Award

China Ranks Last of 65 Nations in Internet Freedom

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 19:35
A monitor at a Beijing Internet cafe displayed a police message on the proper use of the Internet. Credit Ng Han Guan/Associated Press

China ranks last in the world for openness among countries studied in a new report on Internet freedom by a prominent American pro-democracy group.

Hard To Believe: forced organ harvesting in China and Australia's moral obligations

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 19:53

As Australia prepares to step up business with China after signing a free trade agreement, a cloud hangs over one particular "business". 

China now worst in the world for internet freedom: survey

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 19:45

Global online freedom declined for a fifth consecutive year as more governments stepped up electronic surveillance and clamped down on dissidents using blogs or social media, a survey showed Wednesday.

Congress and president reaffirm international religious freedom

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 19:36

Today, Oct. 27, is International Religious Freedom Day, which this year marks the 17th anniversary of the enactment of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA).

Time for a Change: European Parliament Conference Exposes Uyghur Struggle for Freedom of Religion

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 21:01

In light of the ongoing violations of religious freedom in East Turkestan and considering the limited international response to China’s abuse of Uyghur fundamental human rights, the UNPO and the WUC convened a high-level conference in Brussels entitled “In Defense of Religious Freedom: The Uyghur Struggle For Human Rights”, hosted by Ms Izaskun Bilbao Barandica MEP (ALDE)

More Violence in Xinjiang

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 22:22
A group of Uighurs protest in Urumqi. Picture: AP

When will the unrest in Xinjiang cease?  The latest attack in a long series of aggressions was recently reported by Radio Free Asia, when at least 17 assailants, armed with knives, set upon innocent Han Chinese coal miners sleeping in their dormitory beds in Baicheng on September 18.

Ilham Tohti Documentary

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 22:18

A professor at Minzu University in Beijing and the foremost Uighur public intellectual in the People’s Republic of China, he was sentenced to life in prison in September 2014 for advocating basic economic, cultural, religious and political rights for the Uighur people.