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It’s a Long Way to the Top (if You Wanna Be a Uighur Pop Star)
October 24, 2014
Ablajan check his hair at his studio ahead of a planned live webcast concert scheduled for that afternoon in Urumqi, China on July 31, 2014.

Heartthrob Ablajan embodies the tension between pop and politics in China's Xinjiang region

In China, a Drought Tests Nomadic Herders’ Culture of Survival
October 23, 2014

It has been a bad year for the big-tailed sheep. The grass in the high mountain pastures here in northwest China has been sparse, and the sheep have not eaten well. They are scrawny. That means the Kazakh herders have suffered, too.

Turning the Uyghur East
October 23, 2014
A Uyghur man studies the Quran. Photo by Umar Farooq.

“U-yu-ghur, we say U-yu-ghur,” Hajji Abdulaziz* gently explains to me, as I take a seat at the front of his fabric shop, blankets and seat cushions in a dizzying array of colors, stacked from floor to ceiling.

Al Qaeda Wants Xinjiang In The Islamic Caliphate -- But Uighur Leaders Say No
October 22, 2014
An ethnic Uighur man sits at his outdoor carpet stall near the Dong Kuruk Bridge mosque in the city of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region, July 16, 2009, after bloody ethnic riots there. Reuters

An al Qaeda propaganda magazine has described the far western Chinese province of Xinjiang, home to the native Uighur Muslim population, as a region that needs to be “recovered [into] the shade of the Islamic Caliphate.”

China Executed More Than 2,000 People Last Year: Rights Group
October 22, 2014
In this TV grab, six Uyghurs from a group suspected of carrying out a bombing attack stand trial in Xinjiang's Kashgar prefecture, Oct. 13, 2014.

A similar number is expected next year as death penalties rise in the troubled region of Xinjiang.

Minitrue: Violent Incident in Kashgar
October 21, 2014

Temporarily do not report on the violent incident that occurred Sunday [October 12] in Maralbeshi, Kashgar, Xinjiang.

China Executed 2,400 People in 2013, Dui Hua
October 21, 2014

The Dui Hua Foundation estimates that China executed approximately 2,400 people in 2013 and will execute roughly the same number of people in 2014.

The Confucian Return in an Age of Extremes
October 21, 2014

The tenth anniversary of the establishment of the global network of Confucius Institutes was celebrated in China with a letter of congratulations from...

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).