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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...

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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...

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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 indeterminate ‘sentences.’ Estimates of the numbers detained range from hundreds of thousands to over a million, primarily targeting Uighurs, but also Kazakhs, Hui people, and other minorities who follow Islam. Among those detainees are peasants, workers, university, college, high-school and middle-school students, teachers, poets, writers, artists, scholars, the head of a provincial department, bureau chiefs, village chiefs, and even Uighur...

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