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Sep 29, 2014

Jailing of Ilham Tohti Will Radicalize More Uighurs

Security forces in a military drill in Hetian, Xinjiang. Photo: AFP
Aug 14, 2014

Australia was rocked this week by pictures of a seven-year-old Sydney boy holding up the severed head of a Syrian soldier.

Chinese police officers watch Muslim citizens who gathered at the first service held on May 2 after a deadly blast at the Urumqi South Railway Station in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Aug 4, 2014

The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is an inland region in far western China that has a large population of Uighur Muslims.

Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer raises her fist during a protest outside China's consulate in Melbourne August 7, 2009. (Mick Tsikas/Reuters)
Aug 4, 2014

If Beijing is serious about tackling the issue, then it must first admit its role in creating it

Jul 29, 2014

While last month marked the 25th anniversary of China’s silencing freedom in Tiananmen Square, this month China has been cementing this grim legacy — particularly regarding religious freedom.

Jul 24, 2014

Five years on from the most lethal rioting seen in China for decades, Beijing has still not managed to refine its strategy towards Xinjiang.

Elliot Sperling (R) with Ilham Tohti in an undated photo.
Jul 17, 2014

China is increasingly denying entry to foreign scholars to punish those who work on issues that Beijing deems to be politically troublesome.

Jul 7, 2014

Beijing’s cold-hearted act of slapping officials and students with a ban on fasting during Ramadan is sure to exacerbate tensions

Prof. Ilham Tohti (centre) with Tsering Woser and Wang Lixiong/photo/Woser's facebook page
Jul 2, 2014

Since Xi Jinping became China's new president more than a year ago, questioning or criticizing Chinese Communist Party rule has become an extremely risky business for academics, scholars and lawyers in China.

Chinese security forces participating in a military drill in Hotan in the Xinjiang region, June 6, 2014.
Jun 13, 2014

Foreign reporters and observers are prevented from independently verifying state media accounts.

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