Children, part of a group of asylum seekers, sit in a truck as Thai Immigration officials escort them to a court in Songkhla province on March 15. Photo: Tuwaedaniya Meringing / AFP

Thailand as a regional haven for human trafficking

  • Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:52

Throughout the past five months, a total of 426 asylum-seekers from Central Asia landed in various parts of Thailand. These new arrivals were unusual and different from the Rohingya arriving in boats from the Andaman Sea, a pattern set over the past few years.

Jewher Ilham testifies at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China in Washington, April 8, 2014.

A Uighur Father’s Brave Fight

  • Mon, 05/05/2014 - 16:07

The last time I saw my father was on Feb. 2, 2013. We were at the international airport in Beijing, about to board a flight to America for him to spend a year as a visiting scholar at Indiana University. I was 18, and was coming along for a few weeks to help him settle in.

Police officers keep watch on locals praying in front of a mosque in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in western China, on May 2. (Koichiro Ishida)

EDITORIAL: Xinjiang bombing reflects China’s flawed policy toward minorities

  • Mon, 05/05/2014 - 16:01

China has been hit by a string of violent incidents linked to problems concerning ethnic minorities in the country.

The blasts went off about at 7pm just after a train had pulled into the station and as passengers were streaming out onto a plaza near a bus station. A SWAT team police officer is pictured outside the station

Time Is Running Out For Ethnic Peace And Reconciliation In Xinjiang

  • Fri, 05/02/2014 - 20:56

In my last post, I questioned if the recent Chinese efforts to meet Uyghurs’ deep concerns about their living conditions and their cultural future could or could not be sufficient.

Beijing's Plan To Accelerate Growth In Xinjiang: A Real 'New Deal'?

  • Fri, 05/02/2014 - 20:56

On the first of April, the Chinese government announced a string of measures aimed at accelerating development in Xinjiang, its Western territory at 3500km from Beijing.

Whitewashing Beijing’s Repression In Xinjiang Won’t Do The Trick – OpEd

  • Tue, 04/22/2014 - 00:00

The Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is very mindful of its image in the world. One cannot fault her for such an attitude, after all, it is the second largest economy and much of its success owes it to the perception it has been able to create.

David Cameron with Chinese premier Li Keqiang during his 2013 Beijing trip. Cameron said the resumption of the human rights dialogue was an 'important achievement' of his trip. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Whatever the response, we must be vocal on human rights

  • Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:00

The simple statement of fact is that Beijing’s human rights record is appalling

Unknown nationality of Muslim migrant man holds his child as they rest inside a temporary shelter after they were detained at the Immigration Police Office in Songkhla on Friday. (EPA photo)

We are obliged to protect refugees

  • Mon, 03/31/2014 - 19:58

Desperation drives people to desperate measures. It is not for nothing that people sell their houses, abandon their homelands and place their family’s fate in the hands of human traffickers in an attempt to forge a better life.

Chinese Grip on Tibet, Buddhists

  • Thu, 03/20/2014 - 20:15

After a hiatus of many months, there are indications to suggest that Beijing could be contemplating some initiative on the Tibet issue.

Asean must stand up to China over Uighurs

  • Tue, 03/18/2014 - 19:28

Our region has a duty to protect the rights of migrants who face persecution by authorities back home