Uyghur American elected as chairman of US Commission on International Religious Freedom

Uyghur-American lawyer Nury Turkel, who was born in Kashgar in a detention camp during China’s Cultural Revolution was unanimously elected chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). He was the first Uyghur-American to be appointed in USCIRF in 2020 – a bipartisan and independent federal government body. The new religious freedom […]

Life-saving relief continues to reach quake-hit eastern Afghanistan

Emergency lifesaving aid relief continued to flow into quake-hit eastern Afghanistan on Friday, as UN humanitarians and partners rushed to help the most vulnerable communities. Afghanistan’s interim authorities report that most search and rescue operations had been completed already by Wednesday evening, but due to the remoteness of the affected areas and with additional […]

China has gone back to its old ways in Myanmar

One of the most significant aspects of the 2021 military coup in Myanmar was China’s immediate assistance to the military by providing advisers and subsequently, military equipment. It must be said that China’s links with the Tatmadaw in Myanmar are historical. The government of the National League for Democracy (NLD) was only an interlude in this relationship. The strategic perspective of the current […]

Women, girls ‘are being written out of society’ by Taliban, experts warn Security Council

Amid the plummeting humanitarian and economic conditions, women and girls in Afghanistan are being deprived of their most basic human rights — employment and education, speakers told the Security Council on Thursday, as they examined the restrictive policies of the Taliban who took control of that country in August last year. “Women are collectively being written out of […]

US Senate passes bipartisan gun safety bill

The US Senate on Thursday night passed a bipartisan bill to address gun violence in the United States, the first major piece of federal gun reform in almost 30 years. The final vote was 65 to 33 with 15 Republicans joining Democrats in support of the measure, marking a significant bipartisan breakthrough on one of the most contentious policy issues in […]