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UN experts urge China to prevent discrimination against Tibetans, Uyghurs and other ethnic groups

Posted on Aug 31, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, News, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on UN experts urge China to prevent discrimination against Tibetans, Uyghurs and other ethnic groups

Geneva – United Nations experts on racial discrimination today urged the Chinese government to review policies and laws that discriminate against Tibetans, Uyghurs and Mongols. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination made this recommendation in its concluding observations from its review of China at a hearing last month in Geneva. The committee issued a number of recommendations while highlighting torture and ill-treatment against ethnic groups, the use of anti-terror and anti-separatism laws to stifle dissent and the diminishing space for civil society in China. The committee also issued detailed recommendations with regard to the human rights of Mongols, Tibetans and Uyghurs. The committee said that it is “concerned by reports that Tibetans are subjected to significant restrictions on movement within and beyond Tibet Autonomous Region, and that the issuance of passports for foreign travel is almost entirely banned in the region. It is also concerned by reports that Tibetan language teaching in schools in the Tibet Autonomous Region has not been placed on equal footing in law, policy and practice with Chinese, and that it has been significantly restricted; that Tibetan language advocacy has been punished; and that Tibetans do not have access to Tibetan language translations during court proceedings, which are held in Mandarin.” It recommended that the Chinese government...

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China Denies Visa to BuzzFeed Reporter and Oslo Freedom Forum Speaker Megha Rajagopalan

Posted on Aug 23, 2018 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on China Denies Visa to BuzzFeed Reporter and Oslo Freedom Forum Speaker Megha Rajagopalan

NEW YORK (August 23, 2018) — The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the Chinese government’s decision to deny a journalist visa to BuzzFeed reporter and Oslo Freedom Forum speaker Megha Rajagopalan. Rajagopalan, who has worked in China for six years, submitted an application for a long-term, resident journalist visa shortly after publishing an in-depth article on China’s state-sponsored discrimination against members of the country’s ethnic minority group, the Uighurs. Her application was delayed for months before being formally denied in May. “China’s authoritarian regime has for decades banned all political discourse within the country. It owns and directly influences major news outlets, and censors coverage it does not like. Lately, the regime is also harassing foreign journalists like Rajagopalan who dare to criticize the regime, while it officiallypretends to welcome them,” HRF Chief Legal Officer Javier El-Hage said. “The government’s sudden turn against Megha Rajagopalan, who has reported from China for years and maintained the highest caliber of journalistic integrity, is a worrying reversal. It has no clear reason for denying her entry into the country, and the timing cannot be a coincidence.” Rajagopalan has become a key source of information on the Chinese government’s discriminatory policies against the Uighur minority, a largely Muslim ethnic group that has long been targeted for persecution. Today, nearly one million Uighurs are being held in extrajudicial, “reeducation”...

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A Call for a UN Investigation, and US Sanctions, on the Human Rights Disaster Unfolding in Xinjiang

Posted on Aug 12, 2018 in News, Publications, Uyghur | Comments Off on A Call for a UN Investigation, and US Sanctions, on the Human Rights Disaster Unfolding in Xinjiang

A Call for a UN Investigation, and US Sanctions, on the Human Rights Disaster Unfolding in Xinjiang August 10, 2018   It is now clear, from numerous reliable sources, that shocking human rights atrocities are being perpetrated in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China (XUAR). The Communist Party authorities have established a large number of political re-education centers in Xinjiang, detaining people without any judicial process, stripping them of their personal liberty, imprisoning them, and detaining them for...

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Beijing Reaches Far And Wide To Silence Critics – We Must Not Stay Silent

Posted on Jul 19, 2018 in Global Efforts, International Relations, News | Comments Off on Beijing Reaches Far And Wide To Silence Critics – We Must Not Stay Silent

Beijing Reaches Far And Wide To Silence Critics – We Must Not Stay Silent Speaking up for freedom and autonomy for Hong Kong is no longer simply a matter of duty and moral obligation, but a matter of self-interest too  13/07/2018 07:47 BST | Updated 13/07/2018 07:47 BST The abduction of booksellers, the imprisonment of democracy activists, and the disqualification of candidates and legislators who don’t toe Beijing’s line all illustrate the extremes to which the Chinese Communist Party is prepared to go to silence dissent in...

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CECC Statement on Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Death & Welcoming Release of Liu Xia

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications | Comments Off on CECC Statement on Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Death & Welcoming Release of Liu Xia

Statement by Chairs on Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Death  &  Welcoming Release of Liu Xia Press Contact: Scott.Flipse@mail.house.gov July 12, 2018 (Washington)-Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith, Chair and Cochair of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (Commission), issued the following statements to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and the release of his wife Liu Xia. “Friday marks the one-year anniversary of Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo’s death in state custody,”...

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On the first anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s death, IFC launches “Liu Xiaobo Research” website and solicits articles

Posted on Jul 12, 2018 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News | Comments Off on On the first anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s death, IFC launches “Liu Xiaobo Research” website and solicits articles

Yibao reporter Anna Chen July 12, 2018 WASHINGTON – On the anniversary of the death of Mr. Liu Xiaobo, Initiatives for China has officially launched the Liu Xiaobo Research website and is openly soliciting articles from all sectors. The URL of the Liu Xiaobo Research website iswww.liuxiaobo.net. On July 13, 2017, in the absence of freedom and cut off from contact with the outside world, Liu Xiaobo passed away. This was a major loss for China’s civil society and...

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Freedom Now: China Releases Liu Xia, Widow of Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 10, 2018 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News | Comments Off on Freedom Now: China Releases Liu Xia, Widow of Liu Xiaobo

Freedom Now is greatly relieved by reports that Liu Xia boarded a flight early Tuesday morning from Beijing en route for Germany. Her release comes nearly eight years after she was placed under house arrest without any formal charges and monitored by strict surveillance. Her physical and mental condition had worsened since the death of her husband Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, last year. Freedom Now joins the international community in celebrating Liu Xia’s release after eight painful...

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China Finally Releases Liu Xia, Widow of Liu Xiaobo, Detained Under House Arrest Without Charge or Trial for Years

Posted on Jul 10, 2018 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News | Comments Off on China Finally Releases Liu Xia, Widow of Liu Xiaobo, Detained Under House Arrest Without Charge or Trial for Years

Washington – After years of extraordinary suffering, Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, is finally free.  She departed Beijing overnight and is traveling to Berlin via Helsinki.   Jared Genser, her pro bono counsel issued the following statement:  “I am relieved and very grateful to Chancellor Merkel, President Trump, and so many others in the international community who helped make today possible.  Liu Xia was never a political person and yet for almost...

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Liu Xia, widow of Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, flies out of China bound for Germany

Posted on Jul 10, 2018 in Highlights, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News | Comments Off on Liu Xia, widow of Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, flies out of China bound for Germany

Source: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2154570/liu-xia-widow-nobel-prize-winner-liu-xiaobo-flies-out Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, flew out of China bound for Germany on Tuesday morning, the South China Morning Posthas learned. The 57-year-old poet and artist had been under house arrest for more than seven years since her late husband was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010 while in jail. News of Liu Xia’s release came as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is on a visit to Germany. He met German Chancellor Angela...

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On eve of third anniversary of “709” crackdown, UN human rights body writes letter to Initiatives for China regarding disappearance of Wang Quanzhang

Posted on Jul 8, 2018 in 2015 Arrests of Lawyers, News | Comments Off on On eve of third anniversary of “709” crackdown, UN human rights body writes letter to Initiatives for China regarding disappearance of Wang Quanzhang

On eve of third anniversary of “709” crackdown, UN human rights body writes letter to Initiatives for China regarding disappearance of Wang Quanzhang Zhou Hong / Yibao July 5, 2018 WASHINGTON – On July 5, 2018, the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances wrote a letter to Initiatives for China in response to Initiatives for China’s Feb. 20 report of regarding the forced disappearance of Wang Quanzhang. In its letter to Initiatives for China, the UN Working Group on...

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