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Asia Faces Diminished Terror Threat 10 Years After 9/11 Attacks

  • Thu, 09/01/2011 - 12:00

The September 11, 2001 terror attacks on America initially inspired some Islamic extremist groups in Asia, but over the last decade the terrorist threat in Asia has either diminished or has been confined to remote areas away from major cities and tourist destinations. 

Statement of CECC Chairman Christopher Smith and Cochairman Sherrod Brown on Uyghurs Forcibly Returned to China

  • Thu, 09/01/2011 - 12:00

The chairman and cochairman of a US bipartisan, bicameral commission charged with monitoring human rights in China today called on Chinese authorities to reveal the whereabouts and status of 11 Uyghur men who were forcibly deported from Malaysia to the People's Republic of China on August 18, in violation of international law.

GLOBAL: Academic freedom reports worldwide

  • Mon, 08/29/2011 - 12:00

In Iran former university chancellor Mohammad Maleki, charged with being an "enemy of God", has accused the court hearing his case of being illegal, and theological scholar Ahmad Ghabel has been re-incarcerated to serve a 20-month sentence.

Surging Numbers of Women in Prison Present Unique Challenges

  • Mon, 08/29/2011 - 12:00

Retired businesswoman-cum-rights activist Wang Lihong (王荔蕻) was tried on charges of creating a serious disturbance on August 12. She was previously detained for celebrating Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize.

Forced return of Uighurs another embarrassment

  • Fri, 08/26/2011 - 12:00

We, the undersigned civil society organisations strongly condemn the deportation of 11 Chinese citizens of Uighur ethnicity by the Malaysian government on Aug 18. It is a blatant violation of international law and/or international customary law against refoulement.

The Xinjiang problem

  • Wed, 08/24/2011 - 12:00

Commentators were taken by surprise when China blamed recent unrest in its territory of Xinjiang on militants reportedly trained in Pakistan. The Chinese accusation has deepened the perception abroad of Pakistan being a haven for terrorists.

Unrest grows between ethnic groups in Xinjiang

  • Thu, 08/18/2011 - 12:00

Xinjiang is strategically located next to Tibet and Central Asia and is now a centre of a major struggle between Uighur Muslims, Han migrants and the Chinese Communist Party leadership.

Ramadan Reflections from Xinjiang

  • Sun, 08/14/2011 - 12:00

The alarm rings at this unconventional hour, while a solitary moon and a sprinkling of stars adorn the skies above. Hurriedly, lights around the house are switched on, dispelling the darkness. 

The Pakistan-China spat that wasn't

  • Fri, 08/12/2011 - 12:00

After last month's violence in China's Xinjiang province, perpetrated by minority Muslim Uighurs against Han Chinese settlers -- blamed by local officials on Pakistan -- trained militants -- some analysts have claimed that Sino-Pak relations are under serious strain.

Problems in China's Far West

  • Wed, 08/10/2011 - 12:00

If Cowboys and Aliens - the hilarious summer blockbuster featuring Daniel "007" Craig and Harrison "Indiana Jones" Ford - were to be set in Xinjiang, China's Far West, the cowboys would be ethnic Uyghurs and the aliens, the Han Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). Of course this is no summer fun - rather an explosive, decades-long tragedy.