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Feb 14, 2008

Construction could start this year on three railways in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, sources with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said Tuesday.

Feb 14, 2008

UNPO met Dutch MP Hans Van Baalen (VVD) to ask him to intervene at meetings planned for March 2008 between the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.  The meetings will discuss Dutch human rights policy and relations with China – topics of particular importance to UNPO Members.

Feb 14, 2008

China on Thursday told the United States to drop its "Cold War" attitude and stop accusing Beijing of espionage, after US authorities arrested four people on charges of spying for the Chinese.

Feb 14, 2008

China has been called upon to abandon its support for Sudan by a coalition of Nobel Prize-winners and international athletes, who demanded that this year's Olympic hosts cease to trade with a regime which is held responsible by the world for the carnage in Darfur.

Feb 13, 2008

The decision by the film director Steven Spielberg to step down as artistic consultant to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games should prompt other influential outsiders to press China to reform, Human Rights Watch said today. Corporate sponsors, governments and National Olympic Committees should urge Beijing to improve human rights conditions in China, Human Rights Watch said.

Feb 12, 2008

There’s nothing like an espionage story to help heat up this freezing Tuesday morning. And today’s top news story has all the elements: sleeper agents, stolen aerospace secrets and Cold War intimations.

Feb 12, 2008

Last January 12, state security officials arrived at the home of Alimjan Yimit, a Muslim convert, ethnic Uyghur and Christian house church leader in Xinjiang province, northwest China. They detained Alimjan (Uyghurs are known in most cases by a single name), telling family members that the arrest was a “national security issue,” according to China Aid Association (CAA).

Feb 11, 2008

A US defense official, an ex-Boeing engineer and two others were arrested Monday on charges of spying for China involving sensitive military and aerospace secrets, including the space shuttle.

Feb 11, 2008

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) was deeply saddened this morning to learn of the death of Representative Tom Lantos. 

Feb 8, 2008

While three activists languish in detention and press freedoms remain illusory, Olympic Watch calls on China to defy expectations and act.

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