Special Rapporteur Philip Alston. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

UN human rights expert on poverty criticizes policies on “ethnic minorities”, and government obstruction to meaningful access to civil society in China

  • Thu, 05/04/2017 - 15:15

A United Nations human rights expert on poverty has criticized the Chinese government for exposing “ethnic minorities in China” to serious human rights challenges.

Hu Jia lies in a Beijing hospital, receiving treatment for acute pancreatitis, in late April. Photo courtesy of a Hu Jia supporter

Chinese Dissident Hu Jia 'Critically Ill' in Beijing Hospital

  • Thu, 05/04/2017 - 15:12

Hu was rushed to hospital last weekend with acute pancreatitis and 'could die at any minute,' fellow activists say.

In this Aug. 23, 2016, photo, U.N. Special Rapporteur Philip Alston gestures during a press conference in Beijing. In a final report emailed to The Associated Press on Tuesday, May 2. 2017, the U.N. envoy on human rights says he was followed by security officers during an official trip to China and that some civil society representatives he met with were intimidated and faced reprisals. Alston said the Chinese government's conduct was at odds with the need for U.N. experts to have the freedom to assess situ

UN rights envoy was followed in China, sources intimidated

  • Wed, 05/03/2017 - 17:00

 A U.N. representative on human rights said that he was followed by security officers in disguise during an official trip to China and that some activists he met with may have suffered intimidation and retaliation.

AJ News Grid: Ban on Muslim Names in China

  • Wed, 05/03/2017 - 14:58

Al Jazeera reports on new measures banning certain Muslim names in China. The report includes footage of UHRP director Omer Kanat delivering testimony at the United Nations in New York. 

Xinjiang, which has been China’s main battleground in the fight against terrorism, neighbours eight countries, including Russia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.(Reuters File Photo)

China to deploy drones, wire fencing along Xinjiang border to prevent infiltration

  • Tue, 05/02/2017 - 19:55

Xinjiang needs to enhance cooperation in exchanging terrorism-related intelligence with neighbouring countries, deputy chairman of the region said.

Global Decline in Press Freedom Also Hits China

  • Mon, 05/01/2017 - 15:24

Freedom House’s newly released Freedom of the Press 2017 report found that there has been a drastic global decline in press freedom over the past year amid growing media threats in both democratic countries as well as authoritarian states.

Exploitation Puts Ancient Well System at Risk in Uyghur Region

  • Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:04

Large-scale farming and oil exploration are drying out the area’s karez wells.

China diplomat in Pakistan changes Twitter name after 'Muhammad ban'

  • Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:01

Earlier this month, authorities in China's western Xinjiang province were reported as banning 29 Islamic names, including 'Muhammad'.

Shopkeepers line up with wooden clubs to perform their daily anti-terror drill outside the bazaar in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, March 24, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

China party urges Uighur youth to 'love motherland' to avoid 'terrorist' label

  • Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:51

Young members of China's Uighur Muslim minority should "love the motherland" and learn Mandarin to help fight a perception they are "terrorists", Uighur members of the ruling Communist Party said in state media on Thursday.

Outsourced to China: Confucius Institutes and Soft Power in American Higher Education

  • Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:48

Since 2004, the Chinese government has planted Confucius Institutes that offer Chinese language and culture courses at colleges and universities around the world—including more than 100 in the United States