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Ilham Tohti's seven students almost certain to receive jail terms, rights lawyer says
November 26, 2014
Ilham Tohti

Lawyer expects all seven to be convicted but not for life like their famous economics teacher

China mulls new law to deploy counter-terrorism troops abroad
November 26, 2014
FILE - In this May 23, 2014 file photo, paramilitary policemen with shields and batons patrol near the People's Square in Urumqi, China's northwestern region of Xinjiang. So far this month, police in China's restive western region of Xinjiang have broken up 23 terror and religious extremism groups and caught over 200 suspects, state media reported Monday, May 26. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China has drafted a new legislation to deploy troops in counter-terrorism missions abroad with the consent of the nations involved, a law if passed could enable Chinese military to directly take on Xinjiang militants active in neighbourhood countries including Pakistan.

Kyrgyzstan’s Uighurs Cautious, Still Fear Chinese Influence
November 26, 2014
Chinese police clash with ethnic Uighurs in July 2009 in Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region and the center of the country’s ethnic Uighur population. Ethnic Uighurs living in Kyrgyzstan fear their activism for minority rights may also attract more scrutiny by security services as it has in neighboring China, which is Kyrgyzstan’s largest trading partner and considers ITTIPAK – a Uighur activist organization – to be a separatist group. (Photo: Guang Niu/Getty Images)

Artik Hadjiev is a middle-aged man with a gentle face and smiling eyes. Sitting in a Bishkek hotel lobby wearing a smart suit, he speaks quietly and eloquently about community building and collective aid.

Students of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti on trial in China
November 26, 2014
Tohti was jailed in September for separatism

Seven university students linked to jailed Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti have reportedly gone on trial in China's westernmost province of Xinjiang.

China announces net results of Xinjiang ‘strike hard’ campaign
November 25, 2014
Uyghurs sit near the Grand Bazaar in Urumqi, in China's Xinjiang region (AFP Photo/Goh Chai Hin)

Rights monitors say the crackdown has led to curbs on religious freedom, uptick in Uyghur executions

China opens separatism trial for students of jailed Uighur scholar
November 25, 2014

China opened separatism trials for seven students of jailed Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti on Tuesday, a human rights lawyer said, the latest developments in a legal drama in the Xinjiang region that has drawn criticism from the West.

7 Students of Jailed Economist Are Put on Trial in Western China
November 25, 2014
Ilham Tohti

 Seven students of Ilham Tohti, an imprisoned ethnic Uighur professor, went on trial on Tuesday in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang on charges of being members of a separatist group, said Li Fangping, a lawyer for Mr. Tohti.

Six Months After Demolition of Homes, Uyghurs Await Compensation
November 24, 2014
Map of Hoboksar Mongol Autonomous county in Tarbaghatay prefecture.

Their homes were destroyed even though they bought them from a local urban planning head.

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).