Though Chinese leaders have restored Internet services and installed a new party chief with a lighter touch in the troubled far western region of Xinjiang, another restive region, neighboring Tibet, continues to roil under Beijing's heavy hand.
The Uyghur American Association (UAA) believes that unless Chinese officials include Uyghurs in the developmental decision-making process and end repressive state policies, a massive aid program for East Turkestan announced on May 20 by Chinese President Hu Jintao will fail to resolve ethnic tensions in the region.
Reporters Without Borders notes the Xinjiang Autonomous Region’s reconnection to the Internet on 14 May, which has allowed a relative reopening to the outside world, and we urge you to pursue this trend by pressing for less online censorship at the central government’s next meeting to examine the situation in Xinjiang.
China's restoration of most Internet services to the troubled region of Xinjiang, 10 months after deadly ethnic rioting, was a political decision with no real impact on continuing controls on the Muslim ethnic minority Uyghurs, analysts said
A new 37-page report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) examines the effects of the Xinjiang Work Forum, held in May 2010, which heralded an unprecedented state-led development push in East Turkestan.
A new 89-page report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) documents the Chinese state’s top-down destruction of Uyghur communities in Kashgar and throughout East Turkestan, in a targeted and highly politicized push that Chinese officials have accelerated in the wake of turbulent unrest in the region in 2009.