Muslims who escaped China's crackdown in Xinjiang still live in fear, saying new homes abroad and even Western passports afford them no protection against a state-driven global campaign of intimidation. With menacing text and voice messages, and explicit threats to relatives still living in Xinjiang, China's powerful state security apparatus has extended its reach to Uighurs living in liberal democracies as far away as New Zealand and the United States, in a bid to silence activists and recruit informants. The Communist Party's dragnet in Xinjiang has swept an estimated one million ethnic Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities into "vocational education centres" that numerous studies and reports have exposed as harsh internment camps. China legalizes 'reeducation camps' for Muslim Uighurs Campuses not camps: China defends Xinjiang policies at UN For those who managed to get out and settle overseas, the search for a true safe haven has remained elusive as they complain they and … [Read more...] about China’s police state goes global, leaving refugees in fear
Global passport power rank
Mike Corder, Associated Press Updated 7:15 am PST, Friday, January 25, 2019 The chief of Central African Republic's soccer federation Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona stands during his initial appearance before the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The former militia leader is suspected of having committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Central African Republic in 2013 and 2014. (Koen Van Well/Pool photo via AP) less The chief of Central African Republic's soccer federation Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona stands during his initial appearance before the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the ... more Photo: Koen Van Weel, AP Photo: Koen Van Weel, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 … [Read more...] about Central African Republic soccer boss appears at global court
A Japanse passport grants access to the most countries in 2019, according to the Henley Passport Index — its citizens can travel without a visa to 190 nations worldwide. Tied in second place were two other Asian nations, Singapore and South Korea, citizens from which can visit 189 destinations visa-free. Germany and France topped the ranks among European passports, coming in joint-third with 188 destinations, but Germany dropped down from the second-place position it held last year. The US and the UK continued to slip down the Henley Passport Index — which is based on authoritative data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) — and now sit in joint 6th place, with access to 185 destinations. This is a significant drop from the first-place position that these countries held in 2015. Denmark, Finland, Italy, and Sweden now all sit in fourth place, while Spain and Luxembourg are in fifth. The other European countries represented in the top 10 were … [Read more...] about Which country has the ‘most powerful’ passport in 2019?
On the Henley Passport Index 2019, a Vietnamese passport is only slightly more powerful than Myanmar among Southeast Asian neighbors, with visa free access to 51 destinations, three more than the latters’ 48 countries. Laos has surpassed Vietnam to claim the 86th in the global index, gaining two positions from last year. Singapore and Malaysia have the most powerful passports in the region, the former standing second in the world with visa exemption from 189 countries and the latter 12th with 179 countries. The region’s biggest economy, Indonesia has gone down from 69th last year to 72nd this year. Globally, Singapore shares its second spot with South Korea. Japan has overtaken Singapore to have the most powerful passport in the world in 2019, with its citizens able to visit 190 countries and territories without applying for a visa. France and Germany share the third rank; Denmark, Finland, Italy and Sweden share the fourth; followed by Luxembourg and Spain in fifth. With … [Read more...] about Vietnamese passport remains a low flyer
There are few things more liberating than travel -- although some passports offer more freedom than others. A new report published in October 2018 reveals just how many borders some travel documents can cross. According to the Henley Passport Index, compiled by global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & PartnersCitizens, Japan now has the most powerful passport on the planet. Having gained visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this month, Japanese citizens can now enjoy visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to a whopping 190 destinations around the world -- knocking Singapore, with 189 destinations, into second place. Germany, which began 2018 in the top spot, is now in third place with 188 destinations, tied with France and South Korea. Uzbekistan lifted visa requirements for French nationals on October 5, having already granted visa-free access to Japanese and Singaporean citizens in early February. South Korea gained visa-free access to Myanmar on October 1, while … [Read more...] about Henley Index: Japanese passport now world’s most powerful