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Dec 17, 2008

In a diplomatic breakthrough that is likely to help the Obama administration close the Guantánamo detention camp, Portugal said this week that it was willing to resettle some detainees and urged other European countries to accept prisoners remaining at the camp, which has been a source of international criticism for nearly seven years.

Dec 17, 2008

A court in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang has sentenced two men to death for an attack in August that killed 17 paramilitary officers, according to a report on Wednesday by Xinhua, the state news agency.

Dec 16, 2008

Senator Marco Perduca, treasurer of the UNPO has tabled a parliamentary question to the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs about the future of Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

Dec 16, 2008

"Chinese" children will study "ethnic unity" from primary school, the Education Ministry said.

Dec 12, 2008

First Formal Call for Resettlement From an EU Government

Dec 12, 2008

Matkasim Beydulla’s July 2005 wedding was relatively traditional. After the exchange of vows, Mettursun Beydulla, the groom’s brother, helped the newlywed ceremonially bring his new wife to his parents’ house. But when 30-year-old Metursun Beydulla stepped out of the car at home, he was promptly arrested by the Chinese police.

Dec 12, 2008

In 1999, Chinese police seized activist Rebiya Kadeer on her way to meet with American congressional staffers, and swiftly charged and convicted her of sharing state secrets. She spent the next five years as a political prisoner.

Dec 11, 2008

An offer by Portugal to take in detainees released from Guantanamo Bay will bring the U.S. closer to its goal of closing the offshore military prison, an American diplomat said Thursday.

Dec 11, 2008

Authorities at a top university in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao are talking to police after the alleged beating of five ethnic minority Uyghur students.

Dec 11, 2008

Coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, several members of Congress protested the abduction and imprisonment of Dr. Wang Bingzhang, widely regarded as the founder of the China pro-democracy movement.

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