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Joining forces for freedom

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 21:07

PEOPLE can usually recognise an egregious violation of religious freedom when they see one.

Genghis Khan, Founder of Mongol Empire: Facts & Biography

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 19:21
A statue of Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire, in Ulaanbatar, Mongolia. Credit: Peter Zachar/Dreamstime

Genghis Khan was a 13th-century warrior in central Asia who founded the Mongol Empire, one of the largest empires in history.

The Human Face of the Free Expression Crackdown in China

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 18:06

What would you do if your publisher was detained after something so innocuous as delivering a can of paint to a friend?

Xinjiang Trouble Echoes in Kyrgyzstan

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:38

A recent shootout near the Chinese border raises questions.

China and Islam: The Double Edged Sword

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:27
Photo by Paul Cochrane, Tiananmen Square.

On 29 October, a Uyghur man, accompanied by his wife and mother, rammed his Jeep through the barriers at Tiananmen Gate, wreaking death and destruction in the symbolic heart of the capital.

Increased security measures in China's Xinjiang province unlikely to stem from Uighur attacks

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:58
Chinese paramilitary policemen take part in an anti-terrorism exercise involving local police, paramilitary, and militia forces, in Hami in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Increased security measures in Xinjiang are unlikely to stem from Uighur attacks. Source: PA

Alleged ethnic Uighur militants set off two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Xinhe town, in the Aksu prefecture of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, on 24 January.

Advocate for Uighur Minority in China Arrested, Taken to Undisclosed Location

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:51
Uighur advocate Ilham Tohti chats with students following his lecture in a classroom in Beijing.

Dr. Ilham Tohti, a Professor of economics at the Central Minorities University in Beijing was arrested after a raid of his apartment and materials in it.

Document - China: Uighur scholar taken from his home: Ilham Tohti

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 09:42

Ilham Tohti, prominent Uighur scholar and founder of the website “Uighur Online”, was taken from his home in Beijing by authorities on 15 January. His whereabouts are currently unknown. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Kyrgyzstan: Border Death Mystery Clouded by China-Uighur Tensions

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 16:25
Kyrgyz President President Almazbek Atambaev (right) and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Bishkek on September 11

Four days after the mysterious, violent deaths of 11 men near Kyrgyzstan’s border with China, key questions remain unanswered – like why none of the men, whom Kyrgyz officials suspect of decapitating a local hunter and plotting terrorism, could be taken alive.

Collateral Damage

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 16:19

The January 15th arrest of Ilham Tohti, an Uyghur, a professor, and an activist for the rights of the Uyghur people inside the People’s Republic of China, is a distressing reminder of the realities of truly independent political thinking in China.


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