September 2017

Chen Quanguo: The Strongman Behind Beijing’s Securitization Strategy in Tibet and Xinjiang

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:55

Over the last year, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) Party Secretary Chen Quanguo (陈全国) has dramatically increased the police presence in Xinjiang by advertising over 90,000 new police and security-related positions.

China’s security chief calls for greater use of AI to predict terrorism, social unrest

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:49
Police on patrol near a mosque in Kashgar in China’s restive Xinjiang province. The nation’s security chief hopes the use of technology will help predict where terror attacks may take place. Photo: AFP

Artificial intelligence can complete tasks with a ‘precision and speed unmatchable by humans’, official says

Nine members of the UN Human Rights Council accused of violating human rights

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:44
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is seen on a TV screen while addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Nine members of the Council have been found as human rights violators. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

A new report details violations against people in those working with the UN on human rights issues

Emboldened China Wields Its Laws to Silence Critics From Abroad

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:42
Lee Ming-cheh, second from left, an activist from Taiwan, in court in the Chinese city of Yueyang, Hunan Province, last week. The case against Mr. Lee punctuates what critics warn are China’s efforts to stifle what it perceives as threats from overseas. Credit Yueyang Intermediate People's Court, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

On the morning he disappeared, the activist Lee Ming-cheh crossed from Macau into mainland China to meet with democracy advocates.

Uyghur Woman Handed 10-Year Prison Term Over Headscarf Claim

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 20:36
Horigul Nasir's photo is shown on an identification card.

The story was told by a 'terrified' friend under questioning by police, the woman's brother says.

Former Xinjiang Judge Tried on 'Ethnic Hatred' Charges

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 18:09
Former Xinjiang judge Huang Yunmin is shown in an undated photo.  Human Rights Campaign in China

The trial comes against a backdrop of growing security measures targeting the region's mostly Muslim ethnic minority groups.

China Capitalizes on Rohingya Crisis

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 18:04

The human toll of the Rohingya refugee crisis continues to mount this week, as droves of Myanmar’s long-persecuted Muslim minority flee from (and in some cases fight) the brutal crackdown of its security forces.

Another Paradise Lost to China's Ambition

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:40

The tale of the Silk Road is one of intrigue, war and cities lost. But within this complex and quixotic tableau, it is the story of China's Tarim Basin that best echoes the age-old warning: History is doomed to repeat itself.

Like-Minded” Dictatorships and the United Nations

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:20

The United Nations General Assembly is about to open, with the traditional lead-off speech by the president of Brazil followed by the president of the United States. The speeches and activities this year will, as usual, be a mix of the interesting and the dull, the consequential and the useless, the honest and the hypocritical.


Fri, 09/15/2017 - 16:43

PEN America interviews the leaders of different PEN centers from the global network to offer a window into the literary accomplishments and free expression challenges of their respective countries. This month we spoke with Kaiser Abdurusul from the PEN Uyghur Center.