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Xinjiang, land of freedom?

China | Against mounting evidence, China denies the systematic detention of Uighur minorities
by June Cheng
Posted 8/16/18, 09:13 am

For months, international media and human rights activists have sounded an alarm about the internment of at least 1 million ethnic Uighur Muslims in re-education camps in China’s western region of Xinjiang. Last week, a United Nations committee raised the issue for the first time.

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Lawyer makes another appeal for Brunson’s release

by Mickey McLean
Posted 8/14/18, 01:03 pm

An attorney representing Andrew Brunson has appealed again to a Turkish court to release the American pastor from house arrest and lift his travel ban. “The court should prevent unlawful political interventions by lifting judicial control provisions on the defendant,” the document filed in court and seen by Reuters said. Attorney Ismail Cem Halavurt told Reuters the court has up to seven days to decide on the appeal.

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In fight for Brunson, U.S. squeezes Turkish economy

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/10/18, 11:52 am

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday announced additional tariffs on Turkey to punish the NATO ally for its continued detention of American Pastor Andrew Brunson. The announcement of the latest tariffs caused further damage to Turkish currency, which already had hit a record low Friday. Trump said tariffs on Turkish aluminum imports will increase to 20 percent, and steel tariffs will rise to 50 percent. The latest sanctions come after high-level meetings this week between U.S. and Turkish officials failed to yield any resolution to Brunson’s case.

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