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“Two years after the Chinese authorities sentenced the prominent…



“Two years after the Chinese authorities sentenced the prominent Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti to life imprisonment for promoting separatism and violence, a Swiss-based foundation awarded him a prestigious human rights prize on Tuesday for his efforts to foster dialogue and understanding.”

For more, see Nick Cumming-Bruce, “Ilham Tohti, Uighur Scholar in Chinese Prison, Is Given Human Rights Award,” The New York Times (11 October 2016)

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“The chairman of an award dubbed China’s Nobel peace prize has…



“The chairman of an award dubbed China’s Nobel peace prize has defended the decision to honour Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president, for supposedly ‘injecting fresh energy’ into the global quest for harmony. Mugabe, who has been accused of using systematic violence and torture to maintain his 35-year grip on power, recently became the latest recipient of China’s Confucius peace prize.”

For more, see Tom Phillips, “Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe Awarded China’s ‘Nobel Peace Prize’,” The Guardian (22 Oct 2015)

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“Last month, a Chinese government think tank bashed history…



“Last month, a Chinese government think tank bashed history professors from Harvard, Georgetown and other leading American universities regarding things they wrote — at least 15 years ago — about events that occurred more than two centuries ago. ‘This was a uniquely vitriolic attack,’ says Georgetown’s Jim Millward. The article calls him as ‘arrogant,’ ‘overbearing’ and an ‘imperialist,’ and dismisses Millward’s and his colleagues’ scholarship as ‘academically absurd.’

In all the article, published on the website of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences had 88 exclamation points. ‘It was written in the style of a Cultural Revolution denunciation,’ says the professor, who teaches Chinese and Central Asian history.“

For more, see Frank Langfitt “Why a Chinese Government Think Tank Attacked American Scholars,” NPR (21 May 2015)

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“Thousands of Rohingya boat refugees from Myanmar have sought…



“Thousands of Rohingya boat refugees from Myanmar have sought asylum in nearby countries in Southeast Asia but those countries have all told them to seek help elsewhere.

The Myanmar government has refused to recognize the Rohingya as an ethnic group and treats them as illegal immigrants. Most Rohingyas are Muslims living near the borders of Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Escaping persecution by the military-dominated government, many Rohingyas have crossed borders to seek shelter and work in Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Some have been victimized by human trafficking groups.“

To learn more, see Zashnain Zainal, “Rohingya Boat Refugees Rejected by Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia,” Global Voices (17 May 2015)

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Detention of Five Chinese Feminist Activists at the Juncture of…



Detention of Five Chinese Feminist Activists at the Juncture of Beijing+20 – An Interview with Gender Scholar Wang Zheng

“You must know the global picture of women to understand the international response to the detention of the five feminists in China.”

Interview with Wang Zheng at China Change (11 April 2015)

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“The young Chinese feminists shaved their heads to protest…



“The young Chinese feminists shaved their heads to protest inequality in higher education and stormed men’s restrooms to highlight the indignities women face in their prolonged waits at public toilets.To publicize domestic violence, two prominent activists, Li Tingting and Wei Tingting, put on white wedding gowns, splashed them with red paint and marched through one of the capital’s most popular tourist districts chanting, “Yes to love, no to violence.”Media-savvy, fearless and well-connected to feminists outside China, the young activists over the last three years have taken their righteous indignation to the streets, pioneering a brand of guerrilla theater familiar in the West but largely unheard-of in this authoritarian nation.Now five of them — core members of China’s new feminist movement — sit in jail, accused of provoking social instability.“

For more on the story, see Andrew Jacobs, “Taking Feminist Battle to China’s Streets, and Landing in Jail,” New York Times (5 April 2015)

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