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BEIJING: Rights groups blast life sentence for Uighur scholar in China | Asia | McClatchy DC

BEIJING: Rights groups blast life sentence for Uighur scholar in China | Asia | McClatchy DC | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

BEIJING — A Chinese court convicted a moderate Uighur scholar of separatism and sentenced him to life in prison Tuesday following what human rights advocates called “a show trial” likely to worsen ethnic tensions in the far west of China.

The scholar, Ilham Tohti, had operated a website critical of Chinese policies against Uighurs, Turkic-speaking Muslims who call China’s Xinjiang region their homeland. Authorities arrested him at his home in Beijing in January, following several years of detentions and official harassment.

Along with handing down a life sentence to the 44-year-old economics professor, the court confiscated all of his possessions, according to his lawyers and state media. That means Ilham Tohti’s wife and two young sons may soon be destitute.

Human rights groups deplored the verdict and the trial, which was held last week in a closed court in Urumqi, Xinjiang’s capital. Several said there was nothing in Ilham Tohti’s writings or recent history to suggest he supports Xinjiang’s independence movement.


Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/09/23/240741/human-rights-groups-blast-life.html?#storylink=cpy

 

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China human rights lawyer tells of torture at hands of police

China human rights lawyer tells of torture at hands of police | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A 45-year-old human rights lawyer who has spent many years concerned with the issue of China's so-called "black jails" where citizens are subjected to human rights violations was severely beaten by guards while recently detained, it was learned by Saturday.

Tang Jitian, who was released last Sunday, told Kyodo News in Beijing of the violence he was subjected to, such as being physically assaulted at a police station in the northern province of Heilongjiang while facing such threats as having his kidneys removed alive.

Tang said he suffered serious injuries including broken ribs as a result of being subjected to fierce torture such as being punched and kicked by guards while in detention.

The black jails are a network of extralegal detention centers set up by Chinese security forces mainly to detain, without trial, petitioners seeking redress for grievances unresolved at the local level over such issues as land confiscation.

The current state of such facilities including their number is not clearly known, but international human rights groups began focusing attention on them around 2003....

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‘Pakistan, China partners in crime against Baloch nation`

‘Pakistan, China partners in crime against Baloch nation` | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

London: Dubai-based Nawabzada Mehran Marri, who is a representative for Balochistan at the UNHRC, has described both Pakistan and China as partners in committing crimes against the Baloch nation. 

In an interview, Marri said: "You have to go on the ground to realize the strong resentment there. In the international community, we have been highlighting this. Last week, they (Pakistan) handed over Gwadar to the Chinese." 

"The Chinese and Pakistanis are the partners in the crimes against the Baloch nation. And, the Gwadar port project is not a commercial project aimed at bringing prosperity in the region, and especially for the Baloch people, absolutely not. It is a naval base created for the Chinese to have listening post in the region. This is danger to America, international and regional powers, and first and foremost, a danger to us," he added. 

"We believe that the Muhajirs, Punjabis and Chinese are all against the Baloch. Fine, we don't have the resources to combat that, but we do understand that we disperse this information to international community, we let them know. Fine, you can close your eyes on the issue today, but tomorrow, you have to deal with it," Marri said....

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China Free Speech Protests Spread Online

China Free Speech Protests Spread Online | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Free-speech protesters clashed with Communist party supporters in southern China on Tuesday, as a local dispute about government censorship spilled over into a nationwide online protest.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered Tuesday for a second day outside the progressive Southern Weeklyin Guangzhou, where some journalists have gone on strike to protest alleged government editorial interference.

Minor scuffles broke out after activists holding signs and chanting slogans calling for media freedom were confronted by a small group of  party loyalists who waved Chinese flags and held posters of Chairman Mao.

The protesters are calling for the resignation of the provincial propaganda chief after censors last week allegedly blocked a New Year's editorial urging greater constitutional rights. The article was replaced with another praising the party's achievements.

The open protest against state censorship - the first of its kind in years - is seen as a key test for China's incoming leader Xi Jinping, who has called for the government to be more open. ....

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Gao Zhisheng: Don’t let him disappear again

Gao Zhisheng: Don’t let him disappear again | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Gao Zhisheng is one of China’s most respected human rights lawyers.

In December 2006, he was sentenced to three years imprisonment, suspended by five years, for ‘inciting subversion’. He was allowed to return home but was kept under illegal house arrest together with his wife and their children. He was tortured and humiliated, and in 2009 his family fled China because of constant harassment.

Gao Zhisheng disappeared on 4 February 2009, when police took him from his family home. He reappeared more than a year later, in late March 2010, and gave an interview describing his ordeal, which included further torture. He said he was beaten so badly on one occasion that “for 48 hours, my life hung by a thread”.

In April 2010, just days after giving the interview, he disappeared again. Twenty months later, in December 2011, state media announced that he had been sent to prison for violating the conditions of his suspended sentence. This shocked his family and friends, who had not known whether he was dead or alive.

Gao Zhisheng is currently being held in Shaya county prison in northwest China.....

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Synopsis of the Work of the Cardinal Kung Foundation

Synopsis of the Work of the Cardinal Kung Foundation | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The constitution of the Chinese government guarantees its citizens "religious freedom." However, since the Chinese Government views religion as a threat to its power, it restricts religious activities to only government-sanctioned organizations and registered places of worship. It also actively seeks to stamp out those religious activities that are not government-sanctioned. The Chinese Religious Affairs Bureau screens religious groups for official approval or disapproval, monitors membership in these organizations, controls locations of religious meetings and training, selects religious hierarchy, censors publication of religious materials, and funds religious activities. Those religious groups that do not submit to the government guidelines and are not willing to allow a secular and government agency to dictate its religious activities face severe consequences: surprise raids, heavy fines, imprisonment, and torture. ...

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UNITED STATES STRATEGICALLY CONFRONTED WITH CHINA-PAKISTAN-SAUDI ARABIA TRIANGLE

The United States policy establishment and the plethora of think-tanks that abound in Washington seem to be totally oblivious that a strategic triangular relationship comprising China-Pakistan-Saudi Arabia is confronting the United States in South West Asia. China-Pakistan-Saudi Arabia strategic triangle is not a newly emergent military configuration. It commenced with the China-Pakistan strategic nexus in the 1960s and expanded to the China-Pakistan-Saudi Arabia strategic triangle by the 1980s. ....

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China jails pro-democracy writer, Chen Wei

China jails pro-democracy writer, Chen Wei | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Mr Chen published several essays online calling for freedom of speech and reform of China's one-party system.

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He told the court he was not guilty and that "democracy will prevail" in China, say reports.

Mr Chen has always insisted he was simply expressing his opinions as allowed under the Chinese constitution.

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White House welcomes Dalai Lama, China irked | The Raw Story

White House welcomes Dalai Lama, China irked | The Raw Story | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - China accused the United States on Saturday of "grossly" interfering in its internal affairs and damaging relations after President Barack Obama met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House.
Obama met the Nobel Prize laureate for some 45 minutes, praising him for embracing non-violence while reiterating that the United States did not support independence for Tibet.
"(Obama) is naturally showing some concern for basic human values, human rights, religious freedom," the Dalai Lama said after the meeting, according to Saunders. "Naturally, he shows genuine concern about the suffering in Tibet and also other places," she quoted the Dalai Lama as saying.

The Dalai Lama is in Washington for the 11-day Kalachakra ritual, the first time the ritual has been held in the U.S. capital. The days of meditation and teachings aim to inspire inner peace as a means of reducing conflict around the world.
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China should be condemned for its Human Rights abuses in Tibet

China should be condemned for its Human Rights abuses in Tibet | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Dharamshala: - In recent years the international community – including the United Nations, European Union, and the US government – has failed to clearly and forcefully raise the issue of human rights during visits to China. This significant issue consistently goes unmentioned in bilateral talks, despite severe human rights violations in Tibet, Eastern Turkestan, and China.

International communities across the world have a long-established demand for respecting human dignity. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, after all, has set a common standard of treatment for mankind since 1948....

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China detains activist amid rights crackdown

China detains activist amid rights crackdown | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - China has detained a prominent rights activist for more than two months without formally charging him, his lawyer said on Friday, the latest case in a crackdown on freedom of assembly.

The length of Guo Feixiong's detention exceeds the 37-day limit allowed for holding an individual without a formal arrest and charge under Chinese law.

Guo, a longtime advocate for democracy and human rights based in the southern city of Guangzhou, has also been denied access to legal counsel and any contact with his family members, said Lin Qilei, one of Guo's lawyers. ...

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Top Secret: ‘Project Varsha’ is India’s answer to Chinese presence in Gwadar

Top Secret: ‘Project Varsha’ is India’s answer to Chinese presence in Gwadar | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Top Secret: ‘Project Varsha’ is India’s answer to Chinese presence in Gwadar
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I don't usually post such saber-rattling on this page.  It is, however, disappointing that the Indian nation has chosen to confront Chinese expansionism militarily instead of supporting the legitimate rights of the Baloch to the port of Gwadar!  This choice has weakened India, weakened the Baloch, and strengthened China......

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Tibetans Jailed For Political Offenses Suffer Abuse At Chinese Prison Near Lhasa

Tibetans Jailed For Political Offenses Suffer Abuse At Chinese Prison Near Lhasa | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Tibetan political prisoners held at a facility outside the regional capital Lhasa are routinely subjected to torture and other forms of abuse, often leading to physical harm from which they do not recover, a recently released prisoner said.

Harsh treatment is common at the Chushur Prison, located about 48 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Lhasa, the man told RFA’s Tibetan Service, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“We were tortured every day in the jail,” the man said. “We were sometimes hung from the ceilings, with our hands and legs tied together.”

Tibet claims

“They never fed us regularly. But when they did, they mixed sand in our tsampa [roasted barley flour], which induced thirst, and many of us were forced to drink our own urine.”...

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Matthew Richmond's curator insight, November 23, 2015 3:09 PM

I couldn't imagine being in a Chinese prison. I imagine its much akin to being in a Saudi prison. I really couldn't possibly imagine being in a Chinese prison for trying to express my freedom of speech, which should be a basic human right, not a western right. Sad story. Sounds very much like what a prisoner from Gitmo must sound like.

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Six Tibetans in self-immolation

Six Tibetans in self-immolation | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Another Tibetan burns himself to death in protest against China's rule, activists say, a day after five reported similar self-immolations.
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US says China to allow activist to leave

US says China to allow activist to leave | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Chen Guangcheng offered fellowship by US university and will be accompanied by his family, state department says.
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The dangerous expansionism of China

The dangerous expansionism of China | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Communist China is expanding its military, strategic and economic might rapidly all over the globe as it it seeks to usurp America, Britain, India and Russia as the dominant global powers, and establish Chinese hegemony in key countries and continents, so as to further its growing military clout, power and influence on the world stage at large.

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Xinjiang attack 'was terrorism'

Xinjiang attack 'was terrorism' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Chinese officials blame ethnic Uighur Muslim separatists for Monday's fatal attack on a police station in Xinjiang province.


The majority of Xinjiang's population is ethnically Uighur - who are Muslims with strong cultural ties to Central Asia.
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