July 2016

Decorative plaques featuring Chinese leaders of the past and present, including current president Xi Jinping (front), are seen at a souvenir stall in Beijing in 2014. AP

The West kowtows to China through self-censorship

  • Fri, 07/29/2016 - 19:02

Two years ago, I was invited by the American Bar Association to prepare a manuscript for a book to be titled “Darkness Before Dawn.”

A plainclothed police officer holds on to a lawyer for the rights activist Xu Zhiyong after he was sentenced to four years in jail by a court in Beijing © FT montage; Reuters

Xi’s China: Smothering dissent

  • Thu, 07/28/2016 - 19:53

Critics fear the erosion of civic freedoms is denying space for grievances to be aired

Chinese soldiers image via Hung Chung Chih / Shutterstock.com

Tibet, Xinjiang, and China’s Strong State Complex

  • Wed, 07/27/2016 - 19:06

China’s refusal to change its ethnic policy reflects a historical mindset.

A Uyghur man looks on as a truck carrying paramilitary policemen travels along a street during an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Urumqi, Xinjiang (May 23, 2014).

Brits Blacklist East Turkestan Islamic Movement

  • Wed, 07/27/2016 - 19:03

And U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice had “a candid exchange” about ETIM during her recent visit to Beijing.

Tomurti villiage in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is shown in this undated file photo.

In China's Xinjiang a Way of Life Waits to Die

  • Thu, 07/21/2016 - 20:07

Uyghur herder: “We are forced to move, our village and heritage is going to vanish without a trace.”

A recent Pew survey finds that China's favorability rating among Americans is at its lowest level since Pew began polling attitudes towards China in 2005. Photo Source: telegraph.co.uk

China Scores Low Marks on Human Rights in 14 Democracies

  • Wed, 07/20/2016 - 17:54

According to a June report from the Pew Research Center, more than 60 percent of respondents in 14 democratic countries across North America, Europe, and Asia believe that the Chinese government does not respect the personal freedoms of its people

Without land, there is no life: Chinese state suppression of Uyghur environmental activism

  • Wed, 07/20/2016 - 14:41

The Uyghur Human Rights Project releases a report on the limits placed on environmental activism among Uyghurs

Ilham Tohti in France, February 2009. Photo: RFA

Give the Sakharov Prize to an Uighur Intellectual

  • Mon, 07/18/2016 - 20:07

The Sakharov Prize is awarded every year in October, to honor individuals or organizations who have dedicated their lives to defending human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Dear Uyghur — On the Fear and Beauty of a People

  • Fri, 07/15/2016 - 00:00

I didn’t grow up in the most free of countries. There was always a looming knowledge that saying the wrong thing could land you in jail.