November 28, 2018

As concerned scholars who study China, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), Central Asia, and other related regions of the world, we issue this statement to highlight our concerns and to call the international community to action in relation to the mass human...

October 20, 2018

In February 2018 Serkan Golge, a NASA researcher who holds dual Turkish-American citizenship, was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison by Turkish authorities due to his alleged involvement in the attempted coup in July 2016, as well as to his links to the...

August 17, 2018

Serkan Golge, a NASA researcher and an American-Turkish dual citizen of Turkish descent, was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison by Turkish authorities based on allegations of involvement in the attempted coup in July 2016. He was arrested due to an anonymous...

August 2, 2018

Hu Jia, a Chinese human rights activist and critic of the Communist Party of China, has closely followed the case of Ilham Tohti, an outspoken economics professor who regularly highlighted the religious and cultural persecution of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minori...

October 12, 2017

In a letter addressed to President Andrew Hamilton and members of the NYU Abu Dhabi administration, 10 NYU professors called for greater academic protection of students and faculty traveling to the NYU Abu Dhabi campus.

The letter names Middle Eastern Studies Associate...

September 18, 2017

Iran’s imprisonment of Xiyue Wang, a naturalized United States citizen from China who is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Princeton University, has left his family, colleagues and supporters despondent and outraged. Mr. Wang, 37, was arrested in August 2016 while doing...

July 16, 2017

Friends of China's most prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo have accused the Chinese Government of violating human rights after the activist died of multiple organ failures brought on by liver cancer.

The 61-year-old Mr Liu was a prominent participant in the Tiananmen p...

July 10, 2017

Friends of China’s most famous political prisoner, the Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, have issued a plea to Chinese authorities to be allowed one final audience with the dying activist.

The Chinese democracy campaigner, who was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer in May...

January 30, 2017

Narges Bayani, a Ph.D student at NYU’s Institute for the Study Of The Ancient World, was among those who were detained at JFK. According to a Facebook post by Bayani’s sister, she was denied re-entry to the country and has to wait two days to take a flight back to Iran...

January 30, 2017

A Long Island PhD student from Iran has been detained at JFK for the past 24 hours following President Trump’s executive order instituting extreme vetting, her distraught friend told The Post.

“She arrived yesterday and she has been in detention for over 24 hours,” Mitr...

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Liu Xiaobo – the Quiet, Determined Teller of China’s Inconvenient Truths


China’s most famous dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has died in custody at age 61. The cause was liver cancer. His death, confirmed on July 13 by Chinese justice authorities  in the northeastern city of Shenyang, comes more than two weeks after prison authorities announced he was being moved to a hospital for treatment, news that was followed by pleas from around the world to allow him to travel abroad for care.

Dissident, Liu Xiaobo, won Nobel the Peace Prize in 2010 for ‘long and non-violent struggle’ for human rights. Illustration: Henry Wong

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