Posts Tagged ‘China’

Wellington’s new buses being made by forced Uyghur labour

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

The Greater Wellington Regional Council is investigating whether the 98 electric buses it is on the verge of leasing were made by forced Uyghur labour in China. The potential links highlight the challenges in buying goods made in China, where the supply chains are often opaque, and come amid a broader effort to ensure New Read more

NZ and Australia’s deep concerns about China’s human rights abuses

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Australia and New Zealand have raised deep concerns about human rights abuses against Muslim minorities in China. Citing “the growing number of credible reports” of severe violations, both countries’ foreign ministers say the abuses are occurring in the Xinjiang region. The violations include “restrictions on freedom of religion, mass surveillance, large-scale extra-judicial detentions, as well Read more

Uighurs could be allowed to seek genocide ruling against China in UK

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Uighurs and other Muslim minorities would be given the right to petition a UK high court judge to declare that genocide is taking place in China, requiring the UK government to curtail trade ties with Beijing, under proposals brought by MPs and peers. The cross-party parliamentary revolt is causing deep concern in government, where there Read more

Mike Pompeo Attacks Pope Francis & The ‘Moral Authority’ Of The Vatican

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has hit out at Pope Francis following the news that diplomats from the Holy See are meeting later this month with members of the Chinese Communist Party to renew a two-year-old agreement between China and the Vatican. Though the Middle Kingdom nominally adheres to the principle of religious freedom, it Read more

Infrastructure overspend: Laos electricity grid now owned by China

Monday, September 14th, 2020
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For almost a decade, Laos has been warned that its extravagant spending spree on infrastructure carried enormous financial risks that threatened to undermine its sovereignty and efforts to raise living standards among the poor. Those warnings fell on deaf ears as Vientiane — hell-bent on becoming the “Battery of Asia” — borrowed heavily and built Read more

Chinese doctor says she participated in ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Uyghur people

Monday, September 7th, 2020

A Uyghur woman who worked as a doctor in China has told a British news network that she participated in forced abortions and sterilizations at the behest of the Chinese government. The woman, who was not identified but was seen from behind on camera, told ITV that she was sharing her story in an effort Read more

China forces abortion and infanticide on Uyghurs

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

Forced abortion and infanticide are being used to carry out China’s family planning policies, according to a former hospital worker in China’s Xinjiang province. Hospitals regularly force late-term abortions on Uyghur women and kill newborn Uyghur babies, says Hasiyet Abdulla, who presently lives in Turkey. Abdulla is one of many Uyghurs who have fled to Read more

Hong Kong church leaders are under threat

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

There was some excitement in Hong Kong’s under-pressure independent media on Aug. 7 when it came to light that Catholic education authorities had urged schools to follow nationalistic new practices introduced on the back of tough new national security legislation. But this seemed to have buried the real story — the short and medium-term future Read more

Cardinals call out China’s Uyghur genocide

Monday, August 10th, 2020

China’s Uyghur genocide must end, say 76 signatories. The cardinals of Myanmar and Indonesia are among the signatories of a statement calling for action to stop “one of the most egregious human tragedies since the Holocaust: the potential genocide of the Uyghurs and other Muslims in China.” Uyghur genocide and other atrocity crimes are known Read more

China tightens cyber checks, bans Christian accounts

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

The Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission has launched a campaign of cyber checks across China to crack down on what it considers “the illegal activities” of commercial websites and media outlets. Although the campaign claims to target commercial web platforms, websites and social media accounts managed by church people have also been affected Read more