Mosque Demolition Protest Ends with Compromise

Thousands of Hui Muslims gathered at the Weizhou Grand Mosque in Ningxia last week in an attempt to stall government plans to demolish the newly built structure. The forced demolition threat came after authorities issued a notice on August 3rd demanding the mosque be torn down by Friday, citing that it had not been granted the necessary planning and construction permits. Camila Domonoske at NPR reports: The Grand Mosque in Weizhou is brand-new — it Read More …

Asylum and the Duty to Protect the Yazidis from Genocide

Print This Page Asylum and the Duty to Protect the Yazidis from Genocide by Sareta Ashraph, Makrina Finlay and Melinda Taylor [Sareta Ashraph is a barrister specialised in international law, and is currently focused on ISIS’s crimes against the Yazidis. Sister Makrina Finlay OSB (DPhil Oxon, Modern History) assists Yazidi asylum seekers in Germany and Melinda Taylor is an international criminal law and human rights attorney, who provides voluntary assistance to asylum seekers through Advocates Abroad. Read More …

HK Independence Advocate Lashes Out at China in FCC Speech

Andy Chan Ho-tin—a Hong Kong independence advocate and convener of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party (HKNP), a political party that regional security officials are attempting to ban—delivered a biting speech in front of the Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC). In the speech, which Beijing requested be cancelled and current and former HK officials criticized the FCC for hosting, Chan decried China’s attempts to “annex and destroy” Hong Kong, stating, “The cry for Hong Kong independence Read More …

VOA Reporters Detained While Interviewing Sun Wenguang

Two journalists working for the U.S. government-funded Voice of America were detained for about six hours on Monday after attempting to interview Professor Sun Wenguang, who is being kept under tight surveillance at his home after an interview with VOA earlier this month. VOA correspondent Yibing Feng and VOA contractor Allen Ai were detained and questioned by police after arriving at Sun’s home in Jinan, Shandong, and speaking with him through his door. Haiyang Zhang Read More …

Beijing Denies Accusations of Rights Abuse at Xinjiang Camps

Recent months have seen an increasing amount of international attention and criticism of China’s targeted persecution of Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang, where an ongoing anti-terrorism campaign has been revealed to include the mass detention of ethnic minorities in a system of extralegal political re-education camps. This mass internment, which Chinese officials have continually denied, was the subject of a United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) review of China in Geneva on Read More …