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Suspend Deportations to China, Expedite Asylum Claims

Dear Ministers, We write regarding the status of ethnic Turkic refugees and asylum seekers from China in your country. Over the past year, Human Rights Watch has extensively documented gross human rights violations in…
Ethnically Turkic people are transported back to a detention facility in the town of Songkhla in southern Thailand, March 26, 2014.
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February 2017

Around the world, religious freedom is under a sustained attack. In the Asia-Pacific region, there are governments that restrict the freedom to choose and practice a religion, that discriminate in law and policy against certain religious groups, that…
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Re: Xi Jinping Visit

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500   Dear President Obama, We write regarding the state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping…
Presidents Obama and Xi
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Re: Fourth Periodic Report of China, 41st session of the Committee against Torture

Human Rights Watch, Asia Catalyst and the International Harm Reduction Associate write in advance of the upcoming Committee against Torture periodic review of China to submit information regarding the government’s policies and practices on coercive drug…
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In 1999, the Chinese government banned Falungong, a variant of an ancient exercise and meditation system. The government labeled Falungong an "evil cult" and began an aggressive and often violent campaign against its practitioners which continues…
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Vasili Basishvili, a tenth-grade student at School No. 173 in Tbilisi, appears to have been harassed by the school's staff due to his religious affiliation. The broader context for the Basishvili case is rising intolerance for charismatic Christian…
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A Letter to Georgian President

Throughout 2000, a number of violent attacks against adherents to nontraditional confessions went unpunished, and such impunity sent a message to the perpetrators that further violence would be tolerated. Throughout 2000, a number of violent attacks…
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