March 2018

Xinjiang Authorities Up Detentions in Uyghur Majority Areas of Ghulja City

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:35
Residents sit outside a mosque in Ghulja, in a file photo. AP

Officials say arrests have increased since the beginning of the month, with a focus on women.

FORBIDDEN FEEDS: GOVERNMENT CONTROLS ON SOCIAL MEDIA IN CHINA

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:32

Based on extensive interviews with writers, poets, artists, activists, and others personally affected by the government’s grip on online expression, as well as interviews with anonymous employees at Chinese social media companies, Forbidden Feeds: Government Controls on Social Media in China lays bare the destructive impact of the Chinese government’s vision of “cyber sovereignty” on netizens who dare to dissent.

China’s leader tightens grip with new anti-corruption agency

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:27
Chinese President Xi Jinping walks by leaders after casting his vote for new vice premiers and ministers Monday during a plenary session of China's National People's Congress in Beijing. (Andy Wong/AP)

China’s parliament will vote Tuesday to establish a new anti-corruption agency with expanded powers to detain people for months at secret locations without access to lawyers, a move that experts said extends President Xi Jinping’s control but significantly undermines the rule of law and civil rights.

Tilting at Windmills: Dubious US claims of targeting Chinese Uyghur militants in Badakhshan

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:24
Bozoi Gumbaz in Badakshan where the old Soviet base was built nearby to stop infiltration of mujahedin coming in from China. Photo: Author (2017).

In early February 2018, US forces conducted airstrikes in Afghanistan’s north-eastern province of Badakhshan, supposedly targeting ‘support structures’ of the ‘East Turkistan Islamic Movement’ (ETIM), allegedly a group of Uyghur extremists hailing from China’s far west said to be focused on attacking the Chinese state.

Ethnic Uighurs protest Chinese security crackdown

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 22:10
               Uighurs and their supporters protest in front of the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations in New York, Thursday, March 15, 2018. Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group held demonstrations in cities around the world on Thursday to protest a sweeping Chinese surveillance and security campaign that has sent thousands of their people into detention and political indoctrination centers. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group held demonstrations in cities around the world to protest a sweeping Chinese surveillance and security campaign that has sent thousands of their people into detention and political indoctrination centers.

China to bar people with bad 'social credit' from planes, trains

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 21:40
Passengers wait to board trains ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, at Nanjing Railway Station in Jiangsu province, China January 31, 2018. China Daily via REUTERS

China said it will begin applying its so-called social credit system to flights and trains and stop people who have committed misdeeds from taking such transport for up to a year.

UN Body Freezing Out Human Rights Groups

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:27
The United Nations logo is pictured in front of the United Nations Headquarters building during the 71st United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 22, 2016.  © 2016 Reuters

Rights-Respecting Countries Should Run for NGO Committee in April

New China 'Crime' Crackdown Targets Threats to Party Rule

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:25
During Tibetan New Year, the house is adorned with Chemar and other ornaments.

As Tibetans prepared to celebrate a Buddhist new year festival with prayers and dance, police officers went to schools, airports and public squares to read out "21 kinds of dark and evil forces," a list of new criminal targets.

China's Uighur ethnic minority protest in Australia ahead of exiled leader's visit

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 16:00

Women from Australia's tiny Uighur community stepped out on Thursday to protest alleged discrimination by the Chinese Government against the ethnic minority.

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