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Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thailand on Thursday deported 109 Uighurs back to China despite international warnings that the refugees will experience severe treatment upon returning. Significant opposition to the decision [Bangkok Post report] erupted as pro-Uighur protesters attacked [BBC report] the Thai consulate in Istanbul, leading to security forces pepper spraying the crowd. … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei said in a press conference [transcript] Monday that the Chinese government is proceeding in its review of revisions to the controversial draft counter-terrorism law despite recent reports that China had suspended such talks [Reuters report]. Hong stated that the law will be "made … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Authorities in Urumqi, capital of the far-west Chinese province of Xinjiang, issued a new law Wednesday banning the wearing of burqas in public. Xinjiang, home [CNN report] to China's minority ethnically Turkic Muslim Uighurs, has been the site of significant ethnic unrest including recent attacks by Uighur separatists labeled … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The People's Court of Kashgar in China's western region of Xinjiang sentenced 22 people to prison terms for illegal religious activities and other crimes. The Xinhua News Agency [official website] stated it is the latest sign of unease over Muslim extremism in the region. Prison sentences [Xinhua report] ranged … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The National People's Congress of China [official website] on Saturday passed a new counter-espionage law in an effort to strengthen national security. State media reported [Xinhua report] that the new law will allow authorities to seal or seize any items or other properties linked to any acts of espionage. … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Monday sentenced 12 people to death and gave 15 others suspended death sentences for their involvement in attacks on a police station and government offices in south Xinjiang [official website, in Chinese] in July. Nine others were sentenced [ABC/Reuters report] to life imprisonment, and another … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] China's official Xinhua News Agency [official website] released a report [Xinhua report, in Chinese] on Wednesday detailing the evidence used to convict prominent ethnic minority scholar of separatism Ilham Tohti to life in prison. The report gives a lengthy summary of the case against Tohti, including the 210 pieces … [read more]


Legal News
24 Aug 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang [official website, in Chinese] executed eight individuals charged with terrorism- and separatism-related crimes on Saturday. According to a press release by China's state-run news agency, the execution was conducted with approval [Xinhua report] by the Supreme People's Court [official website, in … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang on Tuesday held a public rally at a sports stadium for the mass sentencing of criminals, in which 55 individuals were sentenced [press release, in Chinese] before a crowd of 7,000 people. While three received death sentences for crimes including "violent … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Friday convicted a Uighur journalist of endangering national security for statements made following the 2009 Xinjiang riots [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi [CIIC backgrounder] sentenced Gheyret Niyaz, editor of uighurbiz.net [website, in Chinese] and two state-run websites, to 15 … [read more]


Legal News
10 Mar 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] An international group of human rights lawyers on Tuesday petitioned [text, PDF; press release, PDF] the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] to condemn to the detention of Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng [advocacy website; JURIST news archive], missing for more than a year. The group … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2010
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] The Chinese Embassy [official website] in Washington DC claims that prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng [advocacy website; JURIST news archive], missing for more than a year, is working in the Urumqi region [press release], according to human rights organization Dui Hua Foundation [advocacy website] on Saturday. The … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] A Chinese court Tuesday sentenced four more people to death in connection with the July Xinjiang riots [JURIST news archive]. The Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi sentenced eight others to life in prison and one to the death penalty with a two-year reprieve, which is usually commuted to life … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2009
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Five more people have been sentenced to death by a Chinese court in connection with the July Xinjiang riots [JURIST news archive], state media reported [Xinhua report] Thursday. The sentencing came in connection to the killing of a police officer with a rock and the killing of bystanders during … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2009
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] The Chinese government has executed nine people sentenced to death for their role in the July Xinjiang riots [JURIST news archive], state media reported [text, in Chinese] Monday. The report indicated that the individuals were executed "according to the law" after their sentences were approved by the Supreme People's … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2009
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] An appeals court in China's Xinjiang province on Friday affirmed the convictions of 21 people found guilty of murder and other crimes such as arson and robbery for their roles in July's violent demonstrations in Urumqi [JURIST news archive] that left about 200 people dead and many more injured. … [read more]


Professional Commentary
25 Oct 2009

Mehmet Tohti [Former Vice President, World Uyghur Congress]: "A recent report released by Human Rights Watch over the inadequacy and unfairness of the trials of Urumqi protestors has brought our memory back to the July 5 massacre committed by the Chinese military and government backed Han Chinese mobsters. Mass arrests … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2009
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Two courts in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality sentenced [Xinhua report] six individuals to death on Tuesday for their connections with organized crime gangs. The First Intermediate People's Court sentenced two gang leaders to death and two other members to death with a two-year reprieve. Five other members of the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2009
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] More than 40 Uighur men have disappeared [HRW release] since being detained by Chinese security forces following the July Xinjiang riots [JURIST news archive], according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] released Tuesday. HRW alleges that in the days following the riots, the Chinese … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2009
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] This week's trials of those involved in the deadly July riots in Urumqi [JURIST news archive], the capital of China's Xinjiang province, failed to meet [HRW release] Chinese and international fairness and due process standards Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Friday. HRW alleges that defendants were not … [read more]

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