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Jul 15, 2008

As a federal appeals court ruled that the U.S. military improperly labeled a Chinese Muslim held at Guantanamo Bay an "enemy combatant" and ordered that he be released, transferred, or granted a new hearing, an influential congressional committee delivered a scathing criticism of China's closed trial of 15 men on terrorism charges – resulting in the immediate execution of two defendants, three suspended death sentences, and 10 sentences of life imprisonment.

Jul 14, 2008

US lawmakers on Friday "strongly condemned" what they called Beijing's harsh pre-Olympic crackdown in China's Muslim-populated far northwest Xinjiang region.

Jul 14, 2008

Could there be any more compelling commentary on America's loss of credibility among the international community then the inability of the Bush administration to find countries willing to accept Guantanamo prisoners who are scheduled for release because they have been judged by the U.S. military to have never had any ties to terrorism?

Jul 14, 2008

Thank you all, please be seated. Welcome. I want to welcome Congressman Wolf, Congressman Smith, Congressman Franks, former Senator Nickles; thank you all for coming. I'm so honored that you've come to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act.

Jul 13, 2008

US lawmakers on Friday, July 11, denounced China's harsh crackdowns in the Muslim-majority northwest Xinjiang region ahead of the Olympic Games.

Jul 11, 2008

Authorities in Xinjiang execute two Uyghurs for alleged terror links. Fifteen others are sentenced.

Jul 11, 2008

An open letter to Bush and Sarkozy, asking that their participation at the opening ceremony of the Games not serve only to honour the Chinese leaders. Concrete gestures against violations of rights requested. Meanwhile, killings and arrests of Uyghurs and Tibetans continue.

Jul 10, 2008

Chinese police stage a dramatic raid on a flat occupied by ethnic Uyghurs in the restive Xinjiang region.

Jul 9, 2008

Chinese police killed five people they said were Muslim terrorists preparing to fight a "holy war" for control of China's western regions, state media said

Jul 8, 2008

China promised expanded press freedom and an improved climate for human rights and domestic freedom of expression in this Olympic year. But it has instead maintained a systematic campaign to jail or silence prominent dissident voices and is now brazenly trying to restrict domestic and international press coverage.


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