In a battle of letters that unfolded at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this month, 22 countries formally condemned China's mass detention of some 1.5 million Muslims in determent camps. In response, China enlisted the support of fellow authoritarian countries. The resulting letter was signed by 37 states, and read: "We commend China’s remarkable achievements in the field of human rights.”
The five men were held at the Lop county detention camp in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
Uyghur Muslims complain of
pervasive ethnic discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
This map shows places where Myanmar government forces are fighting rebel groups in Rakhine, Kachin, Shan and Chin states.
China is the largest prison in the world for journalists,
with more than 60 individuals behind bars.
A new study found that more than 30,000 women and girls migrate from Myanmar’s Shan and Kachin states into China each year. Many are forced to marry Chinese men, or are trafficked as birth surrogates.
A report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project found that Chinese authorities have interned, imprisoned or forcibly disappeared 338 Uyghur intellectuals since April 2017. Here are 10 prominent Uyghur intellectual figures whose detentions were confirmed by RFA’s Uyghur Service:
China has jailed or detained more than a million Uyghurs in “re-education camps” throughout northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Chinese authorities accuse them of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas. This map shows the camps that RFA has identified.
Chinese authorities are assembling a detailed digital profile on each of China’s 1.4 billion citizens.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports an increasing flow of opium and illicit drugs throughout the Southeast Asian region.
A U.S State Department report says China fails to meet minimum standards for protecting against human trafficking.
A report by the Mekong River Commission found that the river would lose 900,000 tons of fish biomass by 2040.
In recent years, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government has attacked critics, including activists, rights monitors, opposition lawmakers and the media.
Just days before its planned demolition by the government on July 17, 2017, almost ninety-nine percent of the 493 families had left Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building after they agreed to sell their dilapidated apartments at a price of $1,400 dollars per square meter—a controversial level of compensation set by Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Chea Sophara.
This series of photographs of Lower Sesan II Hydropower Dam in Cambodia’s Stung Treng province were taken on July 14, 2017—the day before its first test run. Groundbreaking began in 2014, but nearly 200 families, remain defiant in their refusal to vacate the area, despite warnings their village could be inundated. Residents want the operator to delay the testing for a period of one month so that they can address the villagers’ demands for compensation and humanitarian assistance from relevant stakeholders.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, visiting Hong Kong to mark 20 years of rule by China, was met on arrival in the former British colony on June 29 with calls to release writer and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo. Liu, 61, is being treated at a hospital in northeastern China, following a diagnosis of late-stage liver cancer. Liu was already in jail when he was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China" in a decision that infuriated Beijing, which put his wife under strict house arrest.
Chinese writer and democracy activist Liu, 61, is currently being treated at a hospital in Liaoning's provincial capital Shenyang, his lawyer told RFA, following a diagnosis of late-stage liver cancer little more than a month ago. Liu was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China" in a decision that infuriated Beijing, which says he has broken Chinese law.