September 2016

Attorney Xia Lin

EDITORIAL: Empty human rights promises

  • Fri, 09/30/2016 - 14:31

China on Thursday proudly announced that it would cooperate with the UN Human Rights Council. The promise came with the release of a policy paper, the National Human Rights Action Plan, outlining Beijing’s goals over the next four years.

China plans to teach developing countries and the UN about protecting human rights

  • Fri, 09/30/2016 - 14:27

China unveiled a new “action plan” for protecting human rights on Sept. 29, but like much of Beijing’s edicts, it is being criticized as a blatant piece of propaganda.


‘GoI has to take call on asylum plea of Uyghurs'

  • Thu, 09/29/2016 - 22:09

Sources in police said they have examined the matter after the trio approached the High Court for seeking asylum in India as well as their release from prison.

A soldier stands guard outside the Great Hall of the People, the venue of the ongoing National People's Congress (NPC), China's parliament, in Beijing, China, March 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China promises cooperation with United Nations on human rights

  • Thu, 09/29/2016 - 22:02

China will cooperate with the United Nations Human Rights Council, a body it has had testy relations with over the years, and invite its representatives to visit the country as appropriate, the government said in a policy paper on Thursday.

Ilham Tohti is shown in an undated photo.

European Parliament: Award Ilham Tohti The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought for 2016

  • Thu, 09/29/2016 - 21:58

Awarding Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti the Sakharov Prize tells China it cannot silence peaceful human rights advocates

Policemen with riot gear stand guard behind a barricade near the site of an explosives attack in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on May 23, 2014. Photo courtesy of HRW / © 2014 Reuters

The New Implementation Guidelines for the Counter-Terrorism Law in East Turkestan Will Reinforce Government’s Curbs on Human Rights

  • Thu, 09/29/2016 - 21:47

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) calls on the European Parliament to award Ilham Tohti the 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Professor Ilham Tohti has been a consistent voice for the equitable treatment of Uyghurs in China and in doing so has made an outstanding contribution to human rights.

Chen Yuanhua, former Communist Party boss in the western city of Hotan.

China to prosecute former chief in Xinjiang city of Hotan

  • Wed, 09/28/2016 - 17:49

China will prosecute a former Communist Party boss in the western city of Hotan, in the troubled Xinjiang region, an anti-graft watchdog said on Wednesday, as President Xi Jinping pushes on with a years-long crackdown on corruption.

Foreign Journalists Face Increasing Pressure

  • Wed, 09/28/2016 - 17:39

A report released last week by PEN International looks at the treatment of foreign journalists in China, many of whom have faced harassment, interference with their reporting, and delays in visa processing or even expulsion for reporting on topics deemed untouchable by the government.

Policemen stand around Lin Ru, the wife of civil rights lawyer Xia Lin, near the Beijing Number 2 People’s Intermediate Court after her husband was sentenced to 12 years in prison on fraud charges in Beijing on Sept. 22. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

In China, repression buries rule of law

  • Wed, 09/28/2016 - 17:33

AS CHINA’S economy mushroomed in recent decades, outsiders often pointed out the need to establish rule of law, giving investors and business executives, both at home and abroad, a reliable set of rules upon which to make decisions.

Armed Chinese paramilitary policemen march during an anti-terrorist drill in Xinjiang, July 2, 2013.

China Builds More Prisons in Xinjiang

  • Tue, 09/27/2016 - 20:41

A complex of seven separate facilities now lies outside the regional capital Urumqi.