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Türkiye Detains Six Suspected of Spying on Uyghurs for China

Türkiye's intelligence agency detained six people suspected of spying on ethnic Uyghurs who have fled persecution in China, state media reports said Tuesday. A seventh person is wanted but remained at large, the reports said, without specifying the suspects' nationalities.

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Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

Global Split At China’s Human Rights Review

The UN Human Rights Council’s current hearing on China’s human rights record is exposing a global split. The Universal Periodic Review process happens once every 4.5 years for all member states. However, China’s turn has drawn particular attention, with numerous countries lining ...

China Gathers Global South Support for UN Human Rights Review

The Chinese government is reportedly lobbying non-Western countries to support its human rights record as it faces a United Nations Human Rights Council review on Tuesday. Diplomats told Reuters that China’s mission to the UN in Geneva sent memos to counterparts ...

China Benefits as Israel-Hamas War Undermines West’s Standing in Global South

There's mounting concern in the U.S. and Europe that their global reputations, particularly in developing countries, will be among the latest casualties of the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. In the Global South, anger is rising against ...

Explaining Indonesia’s Different Responses To Palestine, Xinjiang, and Myanmar’s Rohingya

On November 16, 2023, an overcrowded wooden boat carrying around 250 Rohingyas attempted to land in the Indonesian province of Aceh. They were unwelcome, and locals turned the boat away. The Rohingyas are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority group in Myanmar. Thousands are forced to risk ...

Renewed Momentum in Turkey-China Relations

By Buğra Süsler At the start of 2023, the Turkish government expressed an exceptionally open public criticism of China concerning the rights of the Uyghur Muslim community in China’s Xinjiang region. Notably, in his end-of-year press conference ...

Global South Ambassadors Participate in State-led Xinjiang Junket and Didn’t “Find Any Human Rights Violations”

Ambassadors from 25 developing countries completed a week-long junket to Xinjiang organized by the Chinese government and, according to Chinese state media, found "people in Xinjiang are enjoying a happy life." The participants included envoys from Myanmar, Iran, Samoa and Dominica. ...

What Happened to Illegal Fishing Whistleblower Emmanuel Essien?

The Ghanaian news outlet GhanaWeb recently published an investigative report about the purported disappearance of Emmanuel Essien, an official for the Ghanaian Fisheries Commission. He was reportedly last seen aboard a Chinese fishing vessel Meng Xin 15 on July 5, 2019. Two ...

Türkiye’s Parliament Rejects Special Committee to Investigate Uyghur Human Rights Ahead of Wang Visit

The Turkish Parliament's Human Rights Committee blocked a plan to create a new sub-committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations of China's minority Uyghur population in Xinjiang. Instead, lawmakers opted to assign the issue to an existing sub-committee focused on ...

Communist Party of China Plans Arab Outreach

The Communist Party of China wants to sharply increase its coordination with Arab countries. This was a key takeaway from the mid-July's fourth China-Arab States Political Parties Dialogue, which brought CPC officials together with delegates from 67 political parties from across the Arab world. ...

African Demand for Chinese Surveillance Technology

While many countries around the world, particularly G7 states, have largely outlawed the use of Chinese surveillance technology made by companies like Huawei, ZTE, and Hikvision among others, that is not the case in Africa. Dozens of governments across the continent ...
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