July 2016

The West kowtows to China through self-censorship

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 19:02
Decorative plaques featuring Chinese leaders of the past and present, including current president Xi Jinping (front), are seen at a souvenir stall in Beijing in 2014. AP

Two years ago, I was invited by the American Bar Association to prepare a manuscript for a book to be titled “Darkness Before Dawn.”

Xi’s China: Smothering dissent

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 19:53
A plainclothed police officer holds on to a lawyer for the rights activist Xu Zhiyong after he was sentenced to four years in jail by a court in Beijing © FT montage; Reuters

Critics fear the erosion of civic freedoms is denying space for grievances to be aired

Tibet, Xinjiang, and China’s Strong State Complex

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 19:06
Chinese soldiers image via Hung Chung Chih / Shutterstock.com

China’s refusal to change its ethnic policy reflects a historical mindset.

Brits Blacklist East Turkestan Islamic Movement

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 19:02
A Uyghur man looks on as a truck carrying paramilitary policemen travels along a street during an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Urumqi, Xinjiang (May 23, 2014).

And U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice had “a candid exchange” about ETIM during her recent visit to Beijing.

IFC Statement on Chinese State Suppression of Uyghur Environmental Activism

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 00:00

IFC applauds the Uyghur Human Rights Project’s newly released research report, “Without land, There Is No Life: Chinese state suppression of Uyghur environmental activism,” which has documented in details how the Chinese government policy destroyed the Uyghur people’s way of life and their environment for survival.

In China's Xinjiang a Way of Life Waits to Die

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 20:24
Tomurti villiage in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is shown in this undated file photo.

Uyghur herder: “We are forced to move, our village and heritage is going to vanish without a trace.”

China Scores Low Marks on Human Rights in 14 Democracies

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 17:54
A recent Pew survey finds that China's favorability rating among Americans is at its lowest level since Pew began polling attitudes towards China in 2005. Photo Source: telegraph.co.uk

According to a June report from the Pew Research Center, more than 60 percent of respondents in 14 democratic countries across North America, Europe, and Asia believe that the Chinese government does not respect the personal freedoms of its people

Without land, there is no life: Chinese state suppression of Uyghur environmental activism

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:30

The Uyghur Human Rights Project releases a report on the limits placed on environmental activism among Uyghurs

Give the Sakharov Prize to an Uighur Intellectual

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 20:07
Ilham Tohti in France, February 2009. Photo: RFA

The Sakharov Prize is awarded every year in October, to honor individuals or organizations who have dedicated their lives to defending human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Dear Uyghur — On the Fear and Beauty of a People

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 00:00

I didn’t grow up in the most free of countries. There was always a looming knowledge that saying the wrong thing could land you in jail.