US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken addresses the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva via video link, Feb. 24, 2021.

US Sec State Blinken Says China ‘Will be Held to Account’ For Xinjiang Abuses at UN Rights Council

The warning came as the State Department doubled down on its designation of genocide in the region.

Report: Chinese Development in Tibet Meets State Needs, Fails Tibetans


Chinese investments in Tibet have integrated the region more closely with China, but Tibetans themselves are being economically marginalized, an India-based advocacy and research group says.

Uyghur Student Confirmed Jailed After Forced Return From Egypt


Bakihaji Helil was handed a nine-year prison sentence for having studied abroad, according to sources.

Bangladesh Urges New US Administration to Appoint Special Envoy on Rohingya


The US is best placed to take the lead and coordinate international pressure on Myanmar, which is responsible for the crisis, Bangladesh's top diplomat says.

In First Post-coup Diplomatic Encounters, Myanmar Envoy Meets Thai, Indonesian Officials


Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi tells Myanmar's foreign minister the wishes of Myanmar's people must be heard, saying their welfare and safety are of 'paramount importance.'

Hong Kong Sets Aside US $1 Billion For 'National Security' Fund


The boost to the 'national security' budget comes amid a city-wide crackdown on political opposition and peaceful criticism of the government.

China Tightens Restrictions on Tibetan New Year Events, Citing COVID-19 Concerns


Some Tibetans doubt authorities' reasons for the ban on attendance at area monasteries, which promote not just religion but Tibetan cultural traditions.

Chinese Investment in Laos Sparks Chinese-Language Learning Boom


Students say they view Chinese proficiency as a gateway to employment.

Critics Roll Their Eyes as Vietnam Applies to Join UN Human Rights Council


Vietnam's foreign minister Pham Binh Minh says Vietnam's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic protects the people's 'freedoms and rights.'

Cambodian Land Dispute Victims Hold Mass Protest Demanding Release of Activists


The activists had worked on behalf of several of the protesters in 11 provinces.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Plans Trip to Myanmar: Report


An activist group in Myanmar condemns the plan, saying an official visit will be seen as a formal recognition of the 'coup regime.'

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