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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Monday, April 19, 2004

China Letter News Digest: 19 April (AEST)

China Letter News Digest
A "China Letter" Digest of News items that are too noteworthy to go unnoticed but too numerous to comment on every one.

Human Rights

Front Paget: "Authorities have forced a leading Chinese chorus to cancel a concert on Saturday of Christian-themed music in Beijing, its conductor said, amid official unease about the growing appeal of Christianity in China. "

BBC NEWS | World | Europe | EU maintains Chinese arms embargo: "The ban was imposed after the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square. The European Union has told Beijing there will be no early lifting of its arms trade embargo on China. "

WorldNews: Don't Sabotage Human Rights Activists in China, Says Amnesty: "Amnesty International has cautioned the EU to consider what message it will be sending to human rights activists in China, who are still being imprisoned 15 years after Tiananmen Square, if it lifts the EU arms embargo against China."

China asks U.S. to learn from failure of human rights resolution: "'We urge the U.S. side to look squarely at reality, take a lesson from failure and give up its resistance.' "

FT.com /World/Europe: "Human rights groups reacted angrily yesterday as moves in the United Nations' main human rights watchdog to condemn human rights violations in China and by Russia in Chechnya were blocked."

China's �Big Mamas' in a Quandary: "Caught between the urge to repress and to make use of the Internet, Beijing sees its power eroded "

Corruption and Accountability

Asia Pacific Media Network :: CHINA: Reporters get death threats from developers: "Two reporters from the Shenzhen Newspaper Group who did exposes of land abuse last month have upset some local developers, who have threatened to hire hitmen to kill them for one million yuan (S$200,000) each"

China approves resignation to imprint cadres with sense of duty: "'Though Ma was not legally found guilty, he has shouldered his political and moral responsibilities for the accident through resignation, which will favor the government to form a strict system of accountability and urging cadres to take responsibility for errors,' said Du Gangjian, professor "

Muzi.com | News : China air force general in custody for graft: "Chinese authorities have taken a top People's Liberation Army general into custody on suspicion of accepting bribes from subordinates seeking promotions or transfers, a military source said Thursday."

Xinjiang Tibet and Uygur News

VOANews.com: "Speaking to reporters, the Dalai Lama says that he is not campaigning for an independent Tibet, but would like some sort of meaningful autonomy. He calls this a 'middle of the road approach' that means not seeking separation or independence."

Vancouver: "the Dalai Lama will speak to tens of thousands of British Columbians eager to hear his message of peace and spirituality Sunday. He gives a public lecture at the Pacific Coloseum at 10 am. (Tickets were sold out long ago.)"

thestar.com.my: Business News: "A new Silk Road has been taking shape, extending westwards via central Asian and European countries to the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, forming a new Asian-European Trans-continental Bridge"

Dalai Lama arrives in Canada for visit - www.phayul.com"Swathed in vibrant red and yellow robes, Tibet's exiled leader told reporters Saturday that meeting Paul Martin in a spiritual context is "much better" than meeting the prime minister in a political setting."

Times of Tibet Press Release of TYC in response to UN statement.: "Mr. Bertrand Ramcharan, Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued a statement on 13th April 2004 on the three young Tibetans who are on indefinite hunger strike in front of United Nations headquarters in New York organized by the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC)."

Water diversion to save precious fish in Tarim River: "The rare Bighead fish, which livesonly in the Tarim River in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and is close to extinction, has reappeared in the river's lower reaches after water diversion to that area. "

Green or Red, Beijing's Response Expected Soon - www.phayul.com: "In what may turn out to be the light at the end of the tunnel, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, the Kalon Tripa said he expects a response from China within the next 2 weeks to his administration's request to 'discuss the matter of beginning the actual process of negotiations'. "

We Will Request TYC to Call off Hunger Strike: Kalon Tripa - www.phayul.com: "The Central Tibetan Administration will request the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) to call off its indefinite hunger strike, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, the Kalon Tripa told the VOT radio service. "