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A look at America’s latest report on religious persecution

  • Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:17

LOBBYING for human rights, in a universalist spirit that holds all countries to the same standards and avoids singling out any particular group or country for attention, is not something that comes naturally to the Trump administration.

Chinese Muslim Dissidents Remain Protected In EU, But For How Long?

  • Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:11

Dolkun Isa was on his way to speak at Italy’s Senate late last month when he was stopped by the police and detained for a number of hours.

Authorities take down a cross from a Protestant church in China's Zhejiang province in a file photo.  Photo courtesy of China Aid

Religious Freedoms Restricted in China, Myanmar, Vietnam: Report

  • Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:03

Churches are raided, believers harassed and jailed, U.S. State Department says.

Chinese Censorship Hits the Middle East

  • Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:29

A deal between Beijing and the increasingly despotic Erdogan regime in Turkey is raising fears of a new phase of Chinese political influence, in which Chinese soft power is used to persuade foreign governments to allow the same type of pro-Beijing censorship that constricts the Chinese internet in their own countries.

Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in 2010. (Reuters photo: Joshua Roberts)

Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

  • Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:27

We are releasing today the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report. This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 – legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, as well as a universal human right

Seypidin Azizi (C) in a file photo.

Xinjiang Authorities Ban Books by Uyghur Former Chairman of Region

  • Mon, 08/14/2017 - 18:44

The directive to recall Seypidin Azizi's books suggests Beijing aims to whitewash Uyghur history, observers say.

A policeman gestures in the old town of Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Photo: AFP

Xinjiang’s police hiring binge comes from party boss’s Tibet playbook

  • Mon, 08/14/2017 - 15:57

Uygur heartland has advertised more than 84,000 security-related positions since September 2016, nearly 50 per cent more than it did in the past 10 years

China investigates top local social media sites in push to control content

  • Fri, 08/11/2017 - 17:44

China is investigating its top social media sites, including WeChat and Weibo, for failing to comply with cyber laws, the latest step in the country's push to secure the internet and maintain strict Communist Party control over content.

Uyghur activist Dolkun Isa is shown in an undated photo.

Italian Politicians Call on Parliament to Explain Uyghur Exile Leader's Detention

  • Thu, 08/10/2017 - 20:10

They call Dolkun Isa's detention by Italian police an attack on the right to freedom of expression.

Hebibulla Tohti in an undated photo.

Xinjiang Authorities Sentence Uyghur Scholar to 10 Years in Prison

  • Wed, 08/09/2017 - 18:11

Hebibulla Tohti had been lauded by China’s official Islamic Association for his accomplishments.

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