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May 4, 2007

Institutional reform is often central to plans to ensure the international community does more to protect and promote human rights across the world. True engagement with those in most need of international assistance requires however also attention to the obstacles that prevent grass-roots activists from accessing these institutions - obstacles as basic as a lack of information about these international bodies and the complex means in which they work and interact.

May 3, 2007

Many adults in Canada believe their federal administration should do more to assist Huseyin Celil, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. 46 per cent of respondents think the Canadian government should protest Celil’s sentence in China through regular diplomatic channels, and 27 per cent want Ottawa to publicly condemn China’s actions, even if it risks possible

May 3, 2007

German intelligence agencies seized the occasion of the second World Uighur Congress (WUC) in Munich in late November to identify Guoanbu agents.

May 2, 2007

 In a new sign of tense relations, China has accused the Canadian government of "harping on human rights" and "aggressively lobbying" for the release of an alleged terrorist.

May 2, 2007

Sino-Canadian relations go sour over treatment of a Uighur-Canadian jailed for life and intellectual property laws. China wants to focus on trade, but Canada insists on protecting rights and complains about Chinese spying on its territory.

May 2, 2007

John D. Negroponte, Deputy Secretary of State; Testimony Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Washington, DC

Apr 30, 2007

Canada's Foreign Minister Peter MacKay demanded consular access to a jailed Canadian citizen in China on Monday during a meeting with his newly appointed counterpart Yang Jiechi.

Apr 30, 2007

More than a fifth of the approximately 385 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been cleared for release but may have to wait months or years for their freedom because U.S. officials are finding it increasingly difficult to line up places to send them, according to Bush administration officials and defense lawyers.

Apr 27, 2007

The IOC will not pressure China on human rights or other political issues ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. "We are not in a position that we can give instructions to governments as to how they ought to behave," Hein Verbruggen, chief of the IOC's coordination commission for the Beijing Games, said Wednesday.

Apr 26, 2007

Last week China sentenced Ablikim Abdureyim to nine years in prison. His crime? Having a human rights activist for a mother. His mother, Rebiya Kadeer, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, had been warned. When she was released from her imprisonment in 2005 to the United States, she was told to keep quiet about China's treatment of Uighurs, a Turkic-language Muslim minority.

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