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As the international outcry grows over the Chinese government’s arbitrary detention, forced labor and other egregious abuses against Turkic Muslims in the northwest region of Xinjiang, 12 Japanese companies recently told Kyodo News that they would “…
In this file image from undated video footage run by China's CCTV via AP Video, Muslim trainees work in a garment factory at the Hotan Vocational Education and Training Center in Hotan, Xinjiang, northwest China.
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Among the gloomy news coming out of Hong Kong is a bright spot: on November 19, the Hong Kong High Court ruled that the government had violated its Bill of Rights by not providing an independent mechanism for complaints about police. Two days earlier…
A protester is tackled by riot police during a demonstration outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, June 12, 2019.
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World Body Should Reject Beijing’s False Narrative

The Chinese government is facing a barrage of bad press for its systemic abuses against Uyghur and other Turkic Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region. Journalists have been spotlighting links between forced labor in Xinjiang and global supply…
201712asia_china_xinjiang2 Police officers check the identity cards of a people as security forces keep watch in a street in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China on March 24, 2017.
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Australia Should Press for Greater Scrutiny of Beijing at UN Rights Council

The Australian government helped two Australian journalists living in China leave the country yesterday after a five-day diplomatic standoff.  Amid fears for their safety, Bill Birtles of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation sheltered in…
In this image made from a video, Australian Broadcasting Corp. journalist Bill Birtles speaks to the media on his arrival at Sydney airport, Australia, September 8, 2020.
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Sanctions Targeting Xinjiang Officials Address Serious Abuse

The US government took a crucial step for human rights in China today by imposing targeted sanctions on four top Xinjiang officials, freezing their assets in the United States and banning them from entering the country. This is the second time the US…
A Uighur woman picking up school children rides past a picture showing China's President Xi Jinping joining hands with a group of Uighur elders at the Unity New Village in Hotan, in western China's Xinjiang region.
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Carrie Lam’s Community Dialogue Session No Substitute for Accountability, Change

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam yesterday spent more than two hours facing angry questions and condemnations from people at a “community dialogue session,” organized after four months of massive street protests. This effort to show she…
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Two Years in Detention, Li Ming-che Faces Ill-Treatment, Declining Health

March 19 marks two years since police in China’s Guangdong province forcibly disappeared Taiwanese democracy activist Li Ming-che. Authorities eventually charged Li with “subversion of state power” for having online discussions about…
Pro-democracy protesters carry a photo of detained Taiwanese rights activist Lee Ming-Che (L) and other activists during a demonstration in Hong Kong, China September 11, 2017.
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Will Hong Kong Authorities Investigate?

After a Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that mainland Chinese police had conducted “full…surveillance” on the Journal’s reporters working in Hong Kong, the territory’s Secretary for Security John Lee responded with a…
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Congress Should Press Sundar Pichai Over Project Dragonfly

Google CEO Sundar Pichai will be in the hot seat tomorrow when he testifies before the United States House Judiciary Committee following an outcry over its plans to re-enter the Chinese search market. A coalition of more than…
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Authorities Digitally Erase Even Past Critical Speech

Since early November, the Chinese government has been targeting Twitter users in China as part of a nationwide crackdown on social media – even though Twitter is blocked in the country. Authorities have detained or summoned dozens or…
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One Million Uighurs in Detention Deserve World’s Attention

The United Nations Security Council, which typically only leaves New York City to travel to conflict zones, is heading to China later this month. Beijing, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council, has planned the trip to…
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Pervasive Discrimination Against Shia Persists

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has recently made moves likely to appeal to the country’s Shia minority. This includes neutering the country’s once-powerful religious establishment, which has spewed anti-Shia vitriol and…
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Ethnic Kazakh Woman Denounced ‘Political Reeducation’ Camps

Sayragul Sauytbai, an ethnic Kazakh woman with Chinese citizenship, is one of few people who have dared to speak publicly about China’s abusive “political reeducation” camps across Xinjiang. Earlier this year, Sauytbai fled Xinjiang to…
Ethnic-Kazakh Chinese citizen Sayragul Sauytbay in court in Zharkent, Kazkhstan, July, 2018.
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Wife of Forcibly Disappeared Rights Lawyer Harassed

Li Wenzu yelled to onlookers from the balcony of her Beijing home, where on Wednesday she was briefly put under house arrest along with her 5-year-old son: “My husband is a lawyer. In normal times, he helps ordinary people go to court.…
Li Wenzu, wife of lawyer Wang Quanzhang, who was detained in what is known as the "709" crackdown, joins others protesting in front of the Supreme People's Procuratorate in Beijing, China July 7, 2017.
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While Saudi Arabia Fights Yemen War Crimes Investigation

This week Saudi Arabia and its allies in Geneva are blustering and threatening other countries to try to defeat a UN Human Rights Council resolution that would set up an independent investigation into war crimes by all parties –…
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Absurd Edict Part of Growing Restrictions on Uyghurs

When prospective parents deliberate over baby names – a joyful, private discussion – they tend to make decisions based on hopes for the child, passing on a family name, or some other tradition. Few would ever dream of having to consult…
A man looks through a window on the door of an operating room as his wife undergoes a caesarean section at a hospital in Shaya county, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region June 4, 2012.
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Chongqing’s Ban on Circumvention Tools Could Set Dangerous Precedent

Chinese “netizens” are known for nimbly “scaling the Great Firewall” to get around government barriers that prevent them from accessing certain information abroad. Their interests are surprisingly diverse: Some look for news critical of the Chinese…
President Xi Jinping speaks at the opening ceremony of the 2nd annual World Internet Conference in Jiaxing, China on December 16, 2015.
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Abusive Policies Planned for Uyghur Region

It looks like China is exporting the same abusive policies it has been using in Tibet to Xinjiang, the ethnic Uyghur region. The government has long committed serious rights violations in both areas. “In terms of national security,” Chinese…
Chen Quanguo visits a "convenience police-post" in Lhasa, TAR, during Chinese New Year festivities in 2012.
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China’s Massive Military Drills Send Clear Message

Monks debating, breathtaking landscapes, the Potala Palace against a clear blue sky: these are images many around the world commonly associate with Tibet. And on occasion there are street protests against Chinese rule. Yet Chinese…
A unit from Tibet police border security force with riot gear participates in a drill at a military base in Shigatse, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, October 24, 2015.
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Religious Freedom Under Assault as Talks Progress

Why would the leadership of a major world faith opt to relinquish the power to choose its own spiritual representatives to a government that has long imprisoned and punished those who fought for religious freedom? The Vatican…
A Chinese Catholic prays on Easter Sunday at the state-sanctioned Saint Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai.