Tunsahan Umer sits quietly in her dark apartment, staring at the clock. Her small home, from the outside, looks like any in small-town China -- a non-descript square block of freshly-painted red apartment buildings. Its insides, however, are anything but ordinary.
Tight new security regulations ahead of a politically sensitive event in China's troubled western region of Xinjiang have sparked travel chaos around the country as airports are ordered to carry out extra security checks.
Fears of violence have prompted a widespread deployment of security forces across much of China's far western Xinjiang ahead of a major trade fair, which opens here on Thursday and is aimed at boosting the region's fast-growing trade links with Central Asia.
Retired businesswoman-cum-rights activist Wang Lihong (王荔蕻) was tried on charges of creating a serious disturbance on August 12. She was previously detained for celebrating Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize.
The operators of China’s most vibrant equivalent of Twitter notified each of its 200 million users Friday that several bloggers deemed to have spread unfounded rumors would have their accounts suspended for one month.
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.