August 2017

Uyghur Veterinarian Jailed For Treating Suspect Wounded in Xinjiang Violence

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:06

Haliq Mahmut had not taken part in protests, but removed a bullet from a fellow Uyghur’s leg.

China Jails Ethnic Kazakh Man For 'Helping Others Emigrate to Kazakhstan'

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:04

Taghirsyz Dawutkhan was tortured for a confession and jailed with no access to a lawyer, his friends say.

A look at America’s latest report on religious persecution

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:17

LOBBYING for human rights, in a universalist spirit that holds all countries to the same standards and avoids singling out any particular group or country for attention, is not something that comes naturally to the Trump administration.

Chinese Muslim Dissidents Remain Protected In EU, But For How Long?

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:10

Dolkun Isa was on his way to speak at Italy’s Senate late last month when he was stopped by the police and detained for a number of hours.

Religious Freedoms Restricted in China, Myanmar, Vietnam: Report

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:03
Authorities take down a cross from a Protestant church in China's Zhejiang province in a file photo.  Photo courtesy of China Aid

Churches are raided, believers harassed and jailed, U.S. State Department says.

China is Forcing Uighurs Abroad to Return Home. Why Aren’t More Countries Refusing to Help?

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:32
Guang Niu—Getty Images Uighur students study in front of a map of China at the Islam College in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, October 13, 2005

The campaign began quietly. Students studying abroad were told to return home. Many did, and their classmates didn’t hear from them afterwards. For those who needed extra incentive to get moving, police detained their families back home.

Chinese Censorship Hits the Middle East

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:29

A deal between Beijing and the increasingly despotic Erdogan regime in Turkey is raising fears of a new phase of Chinese political influence, in which Chinese soft power is used to persuade foreign governments to allow the same type of pro-Beijing censorship that constricts the Chinese internet in their own countries.

Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:27
Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in 2010. (Reuters photo: Joshua Roberts)

We are releasing today the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report. This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 – legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, as well as a universal human right

Xinjiang Authorities Ban Books by Uyghur Former Chairman of Region

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 18:44
Seypidin Azizi (C) in a file photo.

The directive to recall Seypidin Azizi's books suggests Beijing aims to whitewash Uyghur history, observers say.

Xinjiang’s police hiring binge comes from party boss’s Tibet playbook

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 15:56
A policeman gestures in the old town of Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Photo: AFP

Uygur heartland has advertised more than 84,000 security-related positions since September 2016, nearly 50 per cent more than it did in the past 10 years