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Missing Uygur writer presumed dead

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 January, 2013, 8:40am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 January, 2013, 2:42pm

China abroad | China at home

Known for "Wild Pigeon", the short story which resulted in his arrest and sentence, writer and poet Nurmemet Yasin has been imprisoned since 2004 and is believed to have died in 2011, according to Amnesty International.


China abroad

Australian Associated Press
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Beijing Cream
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World Affairs Journal
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China at home

Amnesty International
-- China: Uighur writer’s death in prison bitter blow Although author Nurmemet Yasin’s death was reported only a few days ago, he apparently died sometime in 2011 in Shaya prison in western China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

The Caravan
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China Media Project
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China Tech News
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-- China Had Over 1.1 Billion Mobile Phone Users By November 2012 Of the total, 279 million were fixed-line phone users and 1.104 billion were mobile phone users. At the same time, the ratio of 3G users increased from 13% at the end of 2011 to 20% of total mobile phone users.

Fast Company
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-- Why Do Some Chinese Workers Have Such Long Work Weeks? The New York Times has an article on changing labor conditions in China that is worth reading. The first and most important takeaway is that labor conditions are getting better over there, and this is great news.

-- China's Great Famine: the true story The famine that killed up to 45 million people remains a taboo subject in China 50 years on. Author Yang Jisheng is determined to change that with his book, Tombstone
-- Why China learns its lessons off by heart Given that functional literacy in China requires a knowledge of 3,000-4,000 characters, it is easy to see why repeating and remembering is so important.

Murong Xuecun
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