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After Sentencing for ‘Separatism,’ Finding the Humans Behind the Bars
December 19, 2014
Mutellip Imin

Digital traces remain that shed light on who Ilham Tohti's students really were.

China's top judge urges swift, severe sentences in Xinjiang
December 19, 2014
  Policemen patrol as a woman walks past in front of a court, where a trial of suspects of the Kunming railway station attack is taking place, in Kunming, Yunnan province September 12, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Wong Campion

China must crack down "harshly and quickly" on cases involving terror attacks, national security and social stability in its restive region of Xinjiang, the country's top judge said, in comments likely to further worry rights groups and exiles.

China Tightens Security Ahead of Christmas, New Year in Xinjiang
December 18, 2014
Fully armed Chinese paramilitary police officers stand guard along a street in Urumqi, May 23, 2014.

Fresh volunteers and police are being deployed to busy locations and mosques ahead of the holiday season.

Uyghurs Face Seizure of Land, Personal Property Under Tough New Rules
December 18, 2014

Failure to respond to police summons could lead to a string of forfeitures under fresh crackdown in Hotan county.

China Gets Even Colder for Reporters
December 18, 2014
Chinese paramilitary police block photographers as they man a checkpoint on the road to the riot-hit Uigur town of Lukqun. Photo: AFP

For foreign journalists in the Chinese capital, the end of the year brings the usual swirl of holiday parties, talk of escaping the bracing cold for the warmer climes of Southeast Asia and one inevitable question: Did you get your new visa yet?

China is world's worst jailer of the press; global tally second worst on record
December 17, 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.

More than 200 journalists are imprisoned for their work for the third consecutive year, reflecting a global surge in authoritarianism. China is the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2014. A CPJ special report by Shazdeh Omari

China's anti-ISIL rhetoric aims to globalize Uighur crackdown, say experts
December 16, 2014

Analysis: State media reports that 300 Chinese nationals are fighting with extremist groups in Iraq and Syria

Three hurt in knife attack in China's Xinjiang
December 16, 2014

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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).