Commentary

Shohret Hoshur

China’s international efforts to silence free speech

  • Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:25

THE CHINESE government has sent covert law enforcement agents to the United States to intimidate expatriates into returning to China, the New York Times recently reported. 

Turkish nationalists fight over the burning a Chinese flag, during a protest to denounce China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims, in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5. (Photo AFP / OZAN KOSE)

Understanding the plight of the Uighurs

  • Fri, 07/17/2015 - 13:57

It’s known by the evocative term “refoulement” — the returning of refugees to the country whence they have escaped to avoid persecution that can involve violence, torture imprisonment and even death.

Disdain for International Human Rights Standards Causes Uyghurs to Flee China, the Same Contempt Forcibly Returns Them

  • Thu, 07/16/2015 - 22:33

On July 8, the Thai government forcibly returned 109 Uyghur refugees to China. By delivering these individuals into the hands of their persecutors, Thailand contravened international law.

Few admirers of Thailand’s sorry role in Uighur saga

  • Mon, 07/13/2015 - 18:46

After a barrage of condemnation from the United States, the European Union, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and a host of human rights groups, over the Thai government’s "forced deportation" of 109 Uighur men back to China, Beijing has come to Thailand's rescue.

Uighur men making their way to the Id Kah mosque for afternoon prayers [Getty]

China's illusion of harmony

  • Tue, 06/23/2015 - 21:14

China's recent crackdown on its Muslim minority population will deepen resentment and further radicalisation.

Shohret Hoshur, Washington-based reporter for Radio Free Asia. Chinese authorities have arrested Mr. Hoshur’s three brothers. (Smith Augustin Jr. /Radio Free Asia/Courtesy of Smith Augustin Jr. /Radio Free Asia)

China exports repression beyond its borders

  • Tue, 06/09/2015 - 23:13

IT IS common for tyrants to claim that human rights are an “internal matter” and should not concern outsiders.

China’s silk road to nowhere?

  • Sat, 05/16/2015 - 08:53

Since 2013, China has been hyping its New Silk Road project. It launched a massive public relations campaign – which even held out the prospect of “Silk Road Tourism” – to turn the idea of a global transportation network into an incentive to cooperate with China and an expression of an Asian “community of destiny”.

The Uyghurs’ Plight: Lessons about China

  • Wed, 04/22/2015 - 19:38

One of the government propaganda murals recently painted on walls next to a mosque in the Chinese Silk Road district of Kashgar portrays knife-wielding Uyghurs clad in black being crushed by a steamroller sporting the Chinese flag.

Liu Ping, left, Ilham Tohti. center, and Su Changlan, right have all been detained or jailed for expressing their views online, according to Amnesty International.

The chilling reality of China's cyberwar on free speech

  • Wed, 03/25/2015 - 17:31

The Chinese government has declared the Internet to be the new battlefield in its fight against "pornography and unlawful information."

‘Chinese leaders are not known for tolerating dissent, but Xi Jinping is less tolerant than his predecessors.’ Photograph: EPA/WU HONG

Over 1,000 human rights activists were detained since President Xi took office

  • Tue, 03/10/2015 - 17:30

‘Chinese human rights defenders are facing the most severe crackdown since the Tiananmen massacre in 1989’

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