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Dec 13, 2005

A federal judge in Washington said yesterday that he will consider allowing two detainees in the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to appear before him in court to challenge their confinement, telling lawyers that the ethnic Uighurs who have been cleared for release have been held too long.

Dec 11, 2005

With no fewer than 47 ethnic groups thronging the local markets, it's not surprising that China's vast Xinjiang province is the place for rare and unusual delicacies - and the best naan in the world. Fuchsia Dunlop reports

Dec 9, 2005

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) takes the opportunity of World Human Rights Day on December 10 to remind the world of the case of Abduhelil Zunun, a Uyghur sentenced to 20 years in prison in November 2001 for translating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) into the Uyghur language.

Dec 8, 2005

The current (Dec. 1) issue of The Economist includes a profile of "China's far west"—a region variously known as Xinjiang (to the Chinese), or East Turkestan or Uighurstan to its indigenous inhabitants, the Turkic and Muslim Uighurs.

Dec 5, 2005

GULI, a young woman in Yining, on China's far western border with Central Asia, is part of an HIV/AIDS problem that is intensely embarrassing for China.

Dec 2, 2005

The use of torture is widespread in China and the country needs major structural reform to its legal system for the situation to improve, a top U.N. envoy said on Friday.

Dec 2, 2005

The Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment concluded a two-week visit to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) today.

Dec 1, 2005

In dampening resentment, nothing succeeds like success
TO CHINESE cadres, the town of Yining is an advertisement for their country's six-year-old policy of boosting development in lagging western regions...

Nov 29, 2005

The young men studying at the Islam College in Urumqi, near China's western border, sit ramrod straight listening intently to their teacher.

Nov 22, 2005

The UN special envoy on torture has said that his invitation to visit China indicates growing awareness in Beijing that the practice is still widely used.

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