Featured News



ChinaAid News



Related News


In the News


Walking with the persecuted faithful


Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.


-- Matthew 25:40, NIV

Make a Difference


These are ways for you to get involved to help the persecuted in China. Click any of the links below to start helping the Chinese Church today.


Write Letters

Write to imprisoned prisoners of conscience to provide encouragement and send a signal to prison officials that there are people all over the world who care for these brave imprisoned.


Act Now

Sign Petitions

Raise your voice with other supporters and sign petitions to tell top-ranking Chinese authorities that these cases will not be forgotten.


Act Now

Donate

One of the most powerful ways that you can support the persecuted church is through a monetary donation. You can give to a specific program with a one-time gift or set up a monthly donation.


Act Now

Be Encouraged


Testimonies and words of encouragement from ChinaAid supporters:


Get Connected


Find out how you can stay in touch with ChinaAid:


ChinaAid on Social Media


Subscribe to Daily News Update


Subscribe to Monthly E-Newsletter:


Reuters: U.N. rights boss decries purge in Turkey, voices concerns on China



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Reuters
By Stephanie Nebehay
Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:37pm EDT

■ The top U.N. human rights official urged Turkey on Wednesday to stem a "thirst for revenge" following a failed coup that has led to the arrest of more than 16,000 people and to uphold detainees' right to due process.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, also said that he had raised concerns with China about lawyers and activists put on trial and convicted amid "allegations of forced confessions" in a year-long crackdown.

Zeid told Reuters he had no sympathy with coup plotters who sought to topple the democratically elected Turkish government on July 15, but voiced alarm at the scale of the crackdown.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid
Ra’ad Al Hussein gestures during an interview with Reuters in
Geneva, Switzerland, August 10, 2016. Reuters/Pierre Albouy
In an interview in his office alongside Lake Geneva, he said he had received allegations of torture and mistreatment of detainees in Turkey and was seeking a visit by independent monitors to investigate.

Ankara rejected accusations it was carrying out a purge and described arrests and sackings as normal measures to prevent a repetition of a putsch that killed 240 people. It accused Western allies of failing to show support over the coup attempt.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Tuesday 16,000 people had been formally arrested and remanded in custody, while another 6,000 were still being processed.

"What we need to put across is that the thirst for revenge ... be reined in and that proper procedures and guarantees of the pursuit of due process are upheld in respect of all these Turkish citizens not withstanding that some are believed to have turned against the authorities," Zeid said.

Zeid, a former Jordanian ambassador who took up the top U.N. rights job nearly two years ago, decried the emergence of "demagogues" and populist leaders in many countries who whip up public sentiment against migrants, Muslims, or other groups.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid
Ra’ad Al Hussein gestures during an interview with Reuters in
Geneva, Switzerland, August 10, 2016. Reuters/Pierre Albouy
"It's a really difficult moment. When you have the President of the Philippines saying really the most disgraceful things, it's a disgrace," he said, referring to Rodrigo Duterte who campaigned on threats to kill drug dealers who refused to surrender and has also made anti-homosexual comments.

"I've spoken publicly about the gross and irresponsible things that Donald Trump has said," he added. The U.S. Republican presidential nominee has called for a temporary ban on immigration by Muslims and vowed to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

Zeid, turning to repeat presidential elections in Austria set for October, added: "If the head of the Freedom Party should win, Norbert Hofer, I think it's a real turning point on the European stage and could have consequences well beyond Austria."

Speaking generally of "skilled propagandists", he said: "Once you've started to go after a particular community, and you feel that the opposition is shrinking...you can then go after others as well."

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid
Ra’ad Al Hussein gestures during an interview with Reuters in
Geneva, Switzerland, August 10, 2016. Reuters/Pierre Albouy
LAWYERS ON TRIAL IN CHINA

Zeid said that he had raised concerns with Beijing.

China last Friday convicted a rights activist for subversion and sentenced him to three years prison, the fourth such sentencing in a week.

Dozens of people linked to a Beijing law firm have been swept up in a crackdown on dissent since July last year, as President Xi Jinping's administration has tightened control, citing a need to boost national security and stability.

"We urge the Chinese authorities to ensure that defenders do not suffer reprisals, intimidation, harassment or legal action for their for legitimate work," Zeid said. "And to reconsider the proceedings against them."

(This story has been refiled to correct the day in the lede paragraph)

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Ralph Boulton)


China Aid Media Team
Cell: (432) 553-1080 | Office: 1+ (888) 889-7757 | Other: (432) 689-6985
Email: media@chinaaid.org
For more information, click here