DOSSIER. Tibet is the oppressed nation par excellence and has drawn worldwide attention and solidarity. And yet the 'Free Tibet' campaigns launched in the last years by a Tibetan diaspora made up of more than 200,000 people have not been able to stop the repressive policies of the Chinese government, which is carrying out assimilation policies and promoting Han supremacy.
Members of the Frontiers Corps opened fire against the Baloch Students Organisation · Several senators left the Pakistani Parliament in protest against the killings · Baloch parties claim for full provincial autonomy · Human Rights Watch warns against violation of human rights committed to Baloch nationalists.
Police clashed in Nag Hammadi with thousands of demonstrators protesting against the killing of 7 Coptic Christians, who were shot down on the Orthodox Christmas Eve when coming out of mass · It is the severest attack in recent years · Members of the Coptic Church say they had received death threats.
The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), set up last May, will be the parliamentary group of the Kurdish deputies as long as independent deputy Ufuk Uras joins it · Kurds threatened to leave the parliament after the Turkish Constitutional Court shut down the DTP party and banned 37 of its members from politics.
DOSSIER. The Sahrawi nation is made up only of a few hundred thousand people, 160,000 of which still live in the Tindouf refugee camps of South-West Algeria for the last 30 years, making it one of the nations in the world with the highest number of refugees. The Western Sahara conflict is still in a deadlock, and in the last years has witnessed a declining interest by the international community and Morocco’s unwillingness to reach a peaceful solution.
Eight Uighurs and one Han have been punished by the death penalty under charges of participating in Urumqi’s riots · Amnesty International says executions are the result of an unfair trial, and warns against “perpetuating some of the very injustices that helped trigger the outburst of violence in the first place”.
Several Mapuche minors were injured by police raid in the Araucania region · Conflict between indigenous communities and the government continues in a region where land encroachment by Mapuches has sparked off violent clashes with police.