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Can this cartoon Muslim princess soothe China’s ethnic tensions?
August 27, 2014

Princess Fragrant is the eponymous star of a 104-episode animation series from China in which the Uyghur princess, alongside her brother and their Han and Kazakh friends, embark on a quest to save her captured father.

Pretrial Hearing Scheduled For Detained Uyghur Scholar Tohti
August 27, 2014
Ilham Tohti in Beijing, August 2012.

Lawyers for Ilham Tohti say they have yet to gain access to all the evidence before a trial begins.

Tajikistan: Under China’s Economic Thumb
August 27, 2014
Chinese laborers working on an apartment complex in Dushanbe. With building projects executed by Chinese labor around the country, the Chinese presence has become hard to miss in Tajikistan. (Photo: David Trilling)

Driving south from Dushanbe, it seems there’s a Chinese investment story at every turn. But as cash pours in from Tajikistan’s powerful neighbor to the East, local concerns are building over Beijing’s opaque plans.

Uyghur Linguist, Two Associates Sentenced After One Year Detention
August 27, 2014
Abduweli Ayup (R) with his wife and daughter while studying in the U.S. in 2010.

The trio are ordered jailed up to three years on suspected trumped-up charges of ‘illegal fundraising.’

China hopes trade, tourism can calm Silk Road terror
August 27, 2014
A doll of Afanti is displayed in a musical instrument museum beside Apandiland, a new theme park near Kashgar in far western China.(Photo: Calum MacLeod, USA TODAY)

Touted as the Disneyland of western China, a new theme park called Apandiland stands on the ancient Silk Road that leads to nearby Afghanistan and Pakistan — almost 3,000 miles from Beijing, the Chinese capital.

Justice for Some, Notoriety for Others: Public Law Enforcement in China
August 27, 2014
Ten thousand people watched this public sentencing and arrest gathering in Xinjiang's Tekesi [Tekes] County, Yili [Ili] Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture on June 16, 2014. Image credit: Tekesi County People's Court

Part of doing justice in the criminal process is protecting the dignity of people in custody, presuming their innocence, and providing them with the conditions necessary for fair trial.

China's Executions 'Won't Solve Tensions' in Xinjiang: Analysts
August 26, 2014
Police block off the roads leading into Tiananmen Square in Beijing as smoke rises into the air after the crash, Oct. 28, 2013.

The executions are linked to a jeep attack on Tiananmen Square and other incidents.

China aims to win Uighur ‘hearts and minds’ with concubine cartoon
August 25, 2014

Program on life of Uighur concubine in an 18th-century Chinese court will only exacerbate tensions, activists say

UHRP issues a Chinese-language version of its report, Rumors, Suspicion and Hysteria: Urumchi’s Han Residents Target Uyghurs in September 2009 Pinprick Attack Scare
Feb 24, 2014
Rumors, Suspicion, Hysteria Chinese cover

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) issues a Chinese-language version of its report Rumors, Suspicion and Hysteria: Urumchi’s Han Residents Target Uyghurs in September 2009 Pinprick Attack Scare.

To Strike The Strongest Blow: Questions Remain Over Crackdown On 2009 Unrest In Urumchi
Jul 2, 2013

A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), To Strike The Strongest Blow: Questions Remain Over Crackdown On 2009 Unrest In Urumchi, details widespread human rights violations committed by the People’s Republic of China in the wake of unrest in Urumchi on July 5, 2009.

Sacred Right Defiled: China’s Iron-Fisted Repression of Uyghur Religious Freedom
Apr 30, 2013

A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) details the repression of religious freedom among Uyghurs in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).