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China Clamps Down on 'Underage Religion' Among Muslim Uyghurs
October 30, 2014
Authorities have placed a Chinese flag at the head of a mosque in western China, forcing ethnic Uyghurs to bow to it when they worship

Parents and educators are being pressured to sign pledges to keep under-18s away from mosques, fasting, and Quranic studies.

China probes Uighur mayor of restive Xinjiang city for graft
October 30, 2014
Adil Nurmemet

The ethnic Uighur mayor of a major city in China's unruly far-western region of Xinjiang is being investigated for corruption, state media said on Thursday, one of the few minority officials to be caught up in the government's war on graft.

Schools in China’s Xinjiang to discourage religion at home
October 29, 2014
Xinjiang is home to more than 10 million Muslims, mostly members of the Uighur minority, some of whom chafe under Beijing's rule. – Reuters pic, October 29, 2014.

Schools in China's mainly Muslim Xinjiang region, where a series of attacks has left hundreds dead in recent months, said they would actively discourage religious practice at home, state-run media reported Wednesday.

Chinese Security Checks 'Target Uyghurs' Ahead of APEC Summit
October 29, 2014
Young Uyghurs rest near the Grand Bazaar in Urumqi, capital of western China's Xinjiang region, Sept. 17, 2014.

The Turkic-speaking ethnic minority group has been singled out for dawn raids and compulsory registration, an exile group says.

China says Afghan president vows to help China fight militants
October 29, 2014
  Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing October 28, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Lintao Zhang/Pool

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has pledged to help China fight Islamist militants, a senior Chinese official said on Tuesday, after Ghani met President Xi Jinping in Beijing on his first visit abroad since his September inauguration.

China Could Suffer Same Fate as USSR, Uyghur Leader Says
October 29, 2014
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) welcomes China's Premier Li Keqiang (L) prior to their meeting in Moscow on Oct. 14, 2014.

The people of Hong Kong, together with the peoples of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Republic and Tibet, are fighting for their independence, Rabiya Kadir, a leader of the Uyghur national movement says.

China Seizes Jailed Uyghur Scholar's Savings, Sparking Fears Over Family Home
October 28, 2014
Ilham Tohti and his wife in a photo sent to RFA's Uyghur Service via WeChat on Jan 13, 2014, two days before his detention.

Ilham Tohti's wife fears she and the couple's young sons may soon be made homeless.

In Xinjiang, China, journalists work in the shadow of censorship
October 27, 2014
A Uighur couple relax in Urumqi, in China's Xinjiang region. Security officers often trail foreign journalists in the area, making independent reporting there difficult if not impossible. (Goh Chai Hin / AFP/Getty Images)

Uplifting propaganda posters touting President Xi Jinping's "China Dream" catchphrase are plastered across many cities in China these days.

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).