September 2016

EDITORIAL: Empty human rights promises

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 14:31
Attorney Xia Lin

China on Thursday proudly announced that it would cooperate with the UN Human Rights Council. The promise came with the release of a policy paper, the National Human Rights Action Plan, outlining Beijing’s goals over the next four years.

China plans to teach developing countries and the UN about protecting human rights

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 14:27

China unveiled a new “action plan” for protecting human rights on Sept. 29, but like much of Beijing’s edicts, it is being criticized as a blatant piece of propaganda.

‘GoI has to take call on asylum plea of Uyghurs'

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 22:09

Sources in police said they have examined the matter after the trio approached the High Court for seeking asylum in India as well as their release from prison.

China promises cooperation with United Nations on human rights

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 22:02
A soldier stands guard outside the Great Hall of the People, the venue of the ongoing National People's Congress (NPC), China's parliament, in Beijing, China, March 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China will cooperate with the United Nations Human Rights Council, a body it has had testy relations with over the years, and invite its representatives to visit the country as appropriate, the government said in a policy paper on Thursday.

European Parliament: Award Ilham Tohti The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought for 2016

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 16:55

Awarding Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti the Sakharov Prize tells China it cannot silence peaceful human rights advocates

China to prosecute former chief in Xinjiang city of Hotan

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 17:49
Chen Yuanhua, former Communist Party boss in the western city of Hotan.

China will prosecute a former Communist Party boss in the western city of Hotan, in the troubled Xinjiang region, an anti-graft watchdog said on Wednesday, as President Xi Jinping pushes on with a years-long crackdown on corruption.

Foreign Journalists Face Increasing Pressure

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 17:37

A report released last week by PEN International looks at the treatment of foreign journalists in China, many of whom have faced harassmentinterference with their reporting, and delays in visa processing or even expulsion for reporting on topics deemed untouchable by the government. 

In China, repression buries rule of law

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 17:33
Policemen stand around Lin Ru, the wife of civil rights lawyer Xia Lin, near the Beijing Number 2 People’s Intermediate Court after her husband was sentenced to 12 years in prison on fraud charges in Beijing on Sept. 22. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

AS CHINA’S economy mushroomed in recent decades, outsiders often pointed out the need to establish rule of law, giving investors and business executives, both at home and abroad, a reliable set of rules upon which to make decisions.

China Builds More Prisons in Xinjiang

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 20:41
Armed Chinese paramilitary policemen march during an anti-terrorist drill in Xinjiang, July 2, 2013.

A complex of seven separate facilities now lies outside the regional capital Urumqi.

Is China a Ticking Time Bomb of Ethnic Contradictions?

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 22:05

China’s ethnic periphery can be a volatile place. Over the past decade, violence has repeatedly marred the remote yet strategic regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, which comprise nearly a third of Chinese territory and are its chief sources of oil and water.