October 2014

China investigates officials over Hajj corruption

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 21:57
A resident of Kashgar’s old city heads to a local mosque for evening prayer in the summer of 2009. On the wall of the mosque next to a board promoting AIDS awareness is a legal reminder in both Uighur and Mandarin: “Individual pilgrimage is strictly prohibited. Take the path of organized pilgrimage.” The pilgrimage to Mecca, one of the pillars of Islam, is strictly controlled by the government. In general, it is much more difficult for Uighurs than for Han Chinese to obtain a passport and travel overseas.

Cases focus on bribes taken to evade tight restrictions on Muslims wanting to travel to Mecca

China upholds death penalty for three who led mass stabbing in Kunming

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 21:40
A vigil at Kunming railway station after the knife attack in March. Photograph: Quirky China News/Rex/HAP

Intermediate court rejects appeals by terrorists convicted over railway station incident in which 31 people were killed

China Clamps Down on 'Underage Religion' Among Muslim Uyghurs

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:58
Authorities have placed a Chinese flag at the head of a mosque in western China, forcing ethnic Uyghurs to bow to it when they worship

Parents and educators are being pressured to sign pledges to keep under-18s away from mosques, fasting, and Quranic studies.

China probes Uighur mayor of restive Xinjiang city for graft

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:53
Adil Nurmemet

The ethnic Uighur mayor of a major city in China's unruly far-western region of Xinjiang is being investigated for corruption, state media said on Thursday, one of the few minority officials to be caught up in the government's war on graft.

Schools in China’s Xinjiang to discourage religion at home

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:09
Xinjiang is home to more than 10 million Muslims, mostly members of the Uighur minority, some of whom chafe under Beijing's rule. – Reuters pic, October 29, 2014.

Schools in China's mainly Muslim Xinjiang region, where a series of attacks has left hundreds dead in recent months, said they would actively discourage religious practice at home, state-run media reported Wednesday.

Chinese Security Checks 'Target Uyghurs' Ahead of APEC Summit

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:06
Young Uyghurs rest near the Grand Bazaar in Urumqi, capital of western China's Xinjiang region, Sept. 17, 2014.

The Turkic-speaking ethnic minority group has been singled out for dawn raids and compulsory registration, an exile group says.

China says Afghan president vows to help China fight militants

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:03
  Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing October 28, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Lintao Zhang/Pool

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has pledged to help China fight Islamist militants, a senior Chinese official said on Tuesday, after Ghani met President Xi Jinping in Beijing on his first visit abroad since his September inauguration.

China Could Suffer Same Fate as USSR, Uyghur Leader Says

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:28
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) welcomes China's Premier Li Keqiang (L) prior to their meeting in Moscow on Oct. 14, 2014.

The people of Hong Kong, together with the peoples of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Republic and Tibet, are fighting for their independence, Rabiya Kadir, a leader of the Uyghur national movement says.

China Seizes Jailed Uyghur Scholar's Savings, Sparking Fears Over Family Home

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 21:14
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.

Ilham Tohti's wife fears she and the couple's young sons may soon be made homeless.

In Xinjiang, China, journalists work in the shadow of censorship

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:45
A Uighur couple relax in Urumqi, in China's Xinjiang region. Security officers often trail foreign journalists in the area, making independent reporting there difficult if not impossible. (Goh Chai Hin / AFP/Getty Images)

Uplifting propaganda posters touting President Xi Jinping's "China Dream" catchphrase are plastered across many cities in China these days.

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