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Dec 12, 2007

The exiled leader of China's Uighur Muslims Rebiya Kadeer said Tuesday she feared for the life of her ailing son languishing in a Chinese prison.

Dec 11, 2007

Hundreds of workers demonstrated over pay for nearly a week at an eastern China refinery owned by Sinopec Corp, in a rare display of protest in the Communist country.

Dec 11, 2007

An international writers' group has urged China's President Hu Jintao to free 40 jailed dissident writers and journalists, and honour freedom of expression ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Dec 11, 2007

A California free-speech group wants to force China to end Internet censorship and remove barriers to American e-commerce companies hoping to do business in China.

Dec 11, 2007

The Olympics, to be held next summer in Beijing, are a source of immense national pride. China's communist government is presenting the Games as one huge coming out party, proof that it's a respected international power. To get the Olympics, it made promises on improving human rights in general and press freedom in particular.

Dec 11, 2007

China accused the Dalai Lama on Tuesday of wanting to restore feudalism to his exiled homeland of Tibet and dismissed a report by the spiritual leader's government accusing Beijing of sidelining Tibetans and endangering the remote region's environment.

Dec 10, 2007

ON most Friday nights in Almaty, the Uzbek-themed night spot known as the Car Wash — an ornately decorated rooftop restaurant with enviable mountain views — is packed with well-heeled Kazakhs smoking water pipes, drinking, dancing and eating extravagantly.

Dec 10, 2007

About 3,000 Kosovans took part in a pro-independence rally in the capital, Pristina, today as their government vowed to break away permanently from Serbia early next year.
The demonstration came as today's deadline for a negotiated deal on the fate of the breakaway province passed without result, and as EU foreign ministers met to discuss increasing tension over Kosovo.

Dec 10, 2007

A large flag showing the Olympic rings transformed into handcuffs was unfurled outside the Liaison Office of the central people’s government of China in Hong Kong today by five Reporters Without Borders representatives, including secretary-general Robert Ménard, in a protest to mark Human Rights Day. Two days before Chinese authorities refused to give visas to members of the press freedom organisation.

Dec 10, 2007

The International Olympic Committee must press China to improve human rights before the Beijing Games, Amnesty International said as the sports body prepared to meet in Switzerland today.

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