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China delete app: cutting edge of Uighur suppression
July 21, 2017
Uighur children catch a ride with a sweet vendor in Yarkand during Ramadan last month.

In a world first, the residents of Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang region, are required to ­install on their smart phones a new app that automatically ­deletes any material deemed ­subversive.

China’s ‘Great Firewall’ Now Deletes Messages in Real Time
July 20, 2017

There is more than irony in the fact that Nobel Laureate Liu Xiobao’s death coincided with Beijing’s massive effort to clamp down on internet communication. It’s the end of an era.

In China, Despair for Cause of Democracy After Nobel Laureate’s Death
July 20, 2017
A memorial to Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong this week. In mainland China, attempts to pay tribute to Mr. Liu, a Nobel Peace laureate, have met with censorship and arrests. Credit Vincent Yu/Associated Press

For years, the fiery band of activists pushing for democracy in China looked to Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Nobel Peace laureate, as a source of inspiration. They created social media groups devoted to his iconoclastic poetry. They held up his photos at rallies, demanding justice and transparency.

China makes Pakistan an offer it cannot refuse
July 20, 2017

A leg-up from an all-weather friend

Detained Uyghur Students Held by Egypt’s Intelligence Service
July 19, 2017
A Uyghur student sits at a restaurant table in Cairo while police detain others behind him.

Reports suggest the more than 200 Uyghurs are being interrogated ahead of deportation to China.

Dodging Chinese Police in Kashgar, a Silk Road Oasis Town
July 19, 2017
Police officers on patrol in Kashgar, China, checked the identification documents of passers-by in December. These two passers-by happened to be plainclothes policemen. Credit Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

The five policemen in black uniforms surrounded the young man and his friend on the sidewalk.

Uighur Activists Say Detained Students Moved to Cairo Prison
July 19, 2017
File photo of a mosque at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, from which Uyghur students have been rounded up at China's behest.

Egyptian authorities transferred scores of detained students from China's Uighur community to a massive prison complex in Cairo on Wednesday for interrogation alongside Chinese officials, students and activists from the ethnic minority said.

Letters on Egypt
July 19, 2017

We write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America and its Committee on Academic Freedom to deplore the detention since July 3, 2017, of at least sixty-two Uighur students, citizens of the People’s Republic of China, studying in Egypt, and the deportation to China of at least twelve.

BRIEFING: The Chinese Government’s Misleading White Paper on the Human Rights Situation in East Turkestan
Jul 6, 2017
SCIO presents the white paper

For immediate release

July 6, 2017 2:35 pm EST

Contact: Uyghur Human Rights Project +1 (202) 478 1920

BRIEFING: Ban on “Islamic” names an absurd intrusion into Uyghurs’ private lives
May 4, 2017

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) expresses alarm at recent measures preventing Uyghurs from choosing state restricted names for their newborn children.

Discrimination, Mistreatment and Coercion: Uyghurs Face Severe Labor Rights Abuses in China and East Turkestan
Apr 5, 2017

Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing the Uyghur people in East Turkestan.