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For Clues To China's Crackdown On Public Expression, Look To Its Economy
October 19, 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping has cracked down on corruption — and dissent.

On a sunny Tuesday afternoon in September, Liang Xiaojun received a knock on the door. "There were 15 of them: national security police, regular police, justice bureau folks," he remembers.

Children of Detained Uyghurs Face ‘Terrible’ Conditions in Overcrowded Xinjiang Orphanages
October 18, 2017
A Uyghur woman carries a toddler as children play near a cage protecting Chinese paramilitary policemen on duty in Urumqi, May 1, 2014.

Authorities alleviate cramped quarters by sending kids to facilities in other parts of China, sources say.

Erik Prince Weighing Senate Bid While Tackling Xinjiang Security Challenge
October 18, 2017
A train in Xingjian. Last December, it was announced that Erik Prince’s Frontier Services Group (FSG) would set up two “forward operating bases,” including in Xinjiang, to support the development of China’s Road and Belt Initiative. (Photo: takeshisz via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Erik Prince, the former chief of the controversial private security firm Blackwater, is evidently mulling a run for a US Senate seat. At the same time, he is working with China’s government to provide security services in the restive western region of Xinjiang.

This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like
October 17, 2017

Far from the booming metropolis of Beijing, China is building a sprawling system that combines dystopian technology and human policing. “It’s a kind of frontline laboratory for surveillance.” BuzzFeed News Reporter

China's 'stability maintenance' agents move to silence critics before party congress
October 17, 2017
 Li Wenzu, wife of detained lawyer Wang Quanzhang, protests in Beijing. China’s ‘stability maintenance’ apparatus has cracked down on human rights lawyers before Wednesday’s Congress. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

As Xi Jinping prepares for major speech, security agents have fanned out across the country to quell any hint of dissent

Xi Jinping’s quest to revive Stalin’s communist ideology
October 17, 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Pool photo by Andy Wong/Associated Press)

On Oct. 18, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party will meet in its 19th congress and reelect a party leader who, more than any Chinese strongman since Mao Zedong, has attempted to reinvigorate Communist ideology. We in the West ignore Xi Jinping’s pretensions at our peril.

China’s Party Congress Ramps Up Controls
October 17, 2017
A giant banner is seen in Beijing's central business area, as the capital prepares for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, October 14, 2017. The words on the banner read, "Unite closely around the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, constantly win new victory for socialism with Chinese characteristics". © 2017 Reuters

Heightened ‘Stability Maintenance’ Bodes Ill for Rights Under Xi’s Second Term

China State Media Attacks Western Democracy Ahead of Congress
October 17, 2017

China's official Xinhua news agency attacked Western democracy as divisive and confrontational on Tuesday, praising on the eve of a key Communist Party Congress the harmony and cooperative nature of the Chinese system.

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.