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Uygur scholar Ilham Tohti denies charges in separatism trial
September 17, 2014

Security bars journalists and diplomats from getting close to the court, where the hearing proceeds amid international pressure for Tohti's release

China begins trial of Ilham Tohti
September 17, 2014

Uighur scholar, respected internationally for constructive views on China’s ethnic tensions, is accused of fomenting separatism

Is Ilham Tohti friend or foe of China?
September 16, 2014
Uighur academic Ilham Tohti has been detained since January

Ilham Tohti, an economist and persistent champion of the rights of China's Muslim Uighur minority group, will face trial in Xinjiang on Wednesday.

China: Uighur Scholar’s Trial a Travesty of Justice
September 16, 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 Could Face Sentence of 10 Years to Life

Why China fears a Scottish Yes
September 16, 2014

It is one of Beijing’s worst nightmares: subjects in a resource-rich semi-autonomous province hold a vote on independence.

Uighur academic held on separatism charges in China kept in shackles
September 16, 2014
Ilham Tohti was detained in January and accused of promoting independence for China's Xingjiang region. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

Lawyer for economics professor Ilham Tohti says his client has also been denied warm clothes ahead of his trial this week

The perils of China's Silk Road revival
September 15, 2014
Despite possessing some of China's largest oil reserves, Xinjiang is one of the poorest provinces [Johan Nyman/Al Jazeera]

China aims to put a modern twist on the ancient Silk Road in a move to boost trade with Europe, but obstacles remain.

Wall Propaganda in Xinjiang
September 15, 2014

In a post in Xian, way back at the beginning of our journey, I discussed some of the propaganda that the Communist Party was placing in subway tunnels and at bus stops. This propaganda in Xian was subdued, very much promoting this idea of Chineseness, but not all that in-your-face.

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).