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Jan 26, 2007

Al-Qaeda has a China problem, and no one is watching. Despite sig- nificant efforts to support Muslim insurgents, Beijing has succeeded in limiting popular support for anti-government violence.

Jan 25, 2007

A businesswoman once celebrated by the Chinese authorities was forced to flee to the US because she stood up for human rights. Now her children are being persecuted.

Jan 24, 2007

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have questioned once again China’s treatment and suppression of its minority populations, in particular the Uyghur population of East Turkestan. China has long maintained that their campaign of arrests, detention, and restriction of civil liberties is the only means by which they can fight bourgeoning terrorism.

Jan 23, 2007

Tim Armstrong says Canada should take China to task over its trade obligations since it will only ignore us on rights issues

Jan 22, 2007

Despite a new emphasis on boosting trade with China, two federal cabinet ministers are pledging to keep fighting for the cause of Huseyin Celil, a Canadian behind bars in an unknown Chinese prison.

Jan 19, 2007

How does a documentary filmmaker, who is committed to exposing human rights issues, gain access to members of a vanishing culture in one of the most repressive countries in the world? And, once inside, how does that filmmaker document the repression of that culture without endangering those he seeks to protect.

Jan 18, 2007

Rebiya Kadeer, a prominent Uyghur businesswoman and political activist, was detained in Xinjiang in August 1999 and subsequently sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of “leaking state secrets after sending newspaper clippings to her husband in the United States. She was released early on “medical parole on March 14, 2005 and sent to the U.S. In 2006 Kadeer was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. CRF interviewed her on October 26 regarding her efforts on behalf of the uyghur people.

Jan 17, 2007

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, in China to boost trade ties and mend fences amid a string of diplomatic spats with Beijing, said Wednesday he still plans to raise human rights concerns during his talks with Chinese officials.

Jan 17, 2007

Umar Aziz paid the price for sporting a beard in China. Scarred and scared, the 31-year-old Uighur from Hotan -- in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in China -- has now gone underground in New Delhi. Because though the UNHCR has organised a visa for him to go to Sweden, the Indian government is yet to clear it. And each day brings the possibility of Bejing demanding his extradition as a terrorist.

Jan 17, 2007

Inner Mongolia, which covers more than a tenth of China's land mass, is supposed to offer a high degree of self-rule. In practice, though, Mongolians say the Han run the show.


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