Persecution

A fatal harvest

Asia | Evidence points to China forcing prisoners of conscience into organ donation, and some countries have banned medical tourism to China as a result. Will the United States do the same?
by June Cheng
Posted 8/01/19, 12:17 pm

Dai Ying, a middle-aged Chinese woman, has fake front teeth. She says she lost her real ones when guards at a Chinese prison forced her to end a hunger strike by ramming a screwdriver between her clenched teeth. Her fingers are also deformed. She says that’s because the guards forced her and other prisoners to make leather shoes each day from 7:30 a.m. to midnight. She’s also blind in her left eye, a result of guards repeatedly shocking her with electric prods.

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Associated Press/Photo by Andy Wong

China claims it released majority of Muslim detainees

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/31/19, 11:53 am

Activists and rights groups question whether China has released most of the Uighur and other Muslim minorities held in so-called reeducation camps in the Xinjiang region. Shohrat Zakir, the region’s Uighur governor, defended the centers Wednesday as a “pioneering” approach to counterterrorism. “Most of the graduates from the vocational training centers have been reintegrated into society,” he said.

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Associated Press/Photo by Patrick Semansky

Pompeo touts international religious freedom alliance

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/19/19, 11:54 am

The U.S. State Department on Thursday in Washington concluded its second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom by announcing plans to create the International Religious Freedom Alliance. The three-day event featured nearly 900 religious leaders and activists from more than 100 countries and focused on joint efforts to end religious persecution. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the alliance will be the first international body to specifically combat religious persecution.

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