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Canada, China and Human Rights: Who does Michael Chan speak for?

Michael Chan (Colin McConnell / Toronto Star File Photo)

When Wang Yi, the foreign minister of People’s Republic of China (PRC), was asked a question about human rights and a Canadian citizen who has been detained since 2014, the foreign minister responded aggressively and dismissed criticisms of the PRC as “prejudiced” and “unacceptable.” He then asserted that the PRC and the Chinese people are in the best position to assess human rights. As criticism over the minister’s response grew, a Chinese language webpage, 51.ca, published an interview with Ontario Minister Michael Chan. The interview echoed and fleshed out the points made by Wang Yi.

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Tibetan torture victims uncover China’s inhumane detention system

Kelsang Khedup

Two new torture cases involving former Tibetan political prisoners have emerged this month, just a couple of months after the People’s Republic of China (PRC) faced tough questioning from a UN rights watchdog. Both men served seven years each for their participation in 2008 uprising and are undergoing treatment for injuries sustained during detention. One of them is in critical condition and may not survive the treatment. At its fifth periodic review before the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) in November 2015, the PRC again claimed that allegations of torture and ill-treatment of ‘ethnic minorities’ such as Tibetans and Uyghurs …

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Monk stages burning protest in remote Tibetan town as China imposes Internet blockade

A Tibetan monk self-immolated on 9 July 2015 in the eastern Tibetan province of Kham. Sonam Topgyal, the 26-year-old monk, staged his self-immolation protest at approximately 6 pm local time in the Gesar Square located in Kyegudo town, in Yulshul (Ch: Yushu) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP), Qinghai Province. “A large contingent of Chinese security forces immediately arrived at the spot of the self-immolation and blocked all the main roads,” a source with contacts in Tibet told the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD). The Beijing-based Tibetan writer Woeser reported on her social media pages that a large number …

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