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Uighurs find shelter in Turkey, avoid repatriation to China

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:08
A group of Uyghurs gather at the airport in Istanbul after arriving on a flight from Thailand, June 30, 2015.

A number of Uighur Turks who had been detained in Thailand for over a year, pitting Turkey against China in a diplomatic tug-of-war, have been allowed to go to Turkey's central province of Kayseri after the Turkish government made intense diplomatic efforts on their behalf.

China: Scrap draconian new national security law

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:04
 Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking during an award ceremony last year, has overseen the passage of a new national security law that critics say could be used to exclude foreign invesment, among other things. Photo: Zuma Press

The Chinese government must immediately repeal a new national security law that gives the authorities sweeping powers to crack down on and suppress human rights, Amnesty International said.

China upset with Turkey's concern on Ramadan restrictions

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:00

China's Foreign Ministry denied restricting religious freedom on Wednesday in a sharp response to Turkey for voicing concern over reports that ethnic Uighur muslims had been banned from worship and fasting during Ramadan.

China's military must help Xinjiang modernise, top army officials say

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:57
 Uighur labourers in Kashgar. Hundreds have died in violence in Xinjiang, where Muslim ethnic Uighurs are in a majority, in the past few years. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Restive region where Muslim Uighurs are in a majority needs army’s help to develop its economy, according to article in Communist party magazine

China passes new national security law extending control over internet

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:56
The law was passed by 154 votes to none by the National People’s Congress in Beijing. Photograph: Rao Aimin/Xinhua Press/Corbis

Officials say increasingly severe national security situation necessitates the law, which has wide-ranging powers but few exact details

Turkey says concerned over China's Ramadan bans on Uighurs

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 21:04
 China's Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing April 10, 2012. Reuters/Kazuhiro Ibuki/Pool

Turkey told Beijing on Tuesday it was worried over reports Uighur people had been banned from worship and fasting during the holy month of Ramadan in China's far western region of Xinjiang, the foreign ministry said.

Senior Uighur official investigated for graft in China's Xinjiang

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 20:58

A senior ethnic Uighur official in China's unruly far western region of Xinjiang is being investigated for suspected serious "discipline violations", the Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog said on Sunday, using a euphemism for corruption.

EU and China must put human rights at the top of the EU-China summit agenda

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 20:52
On 15-18 March 2015 the President of the European Parliament Mr. Martin Schulz visited China.

At today’s European Union (EU)-China summit in Brussels, FIDH, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Campaign for Tibet call on EU and Chinese leaders to ensure that human rights are at the top of the agenda in discussions at the summit and beyond.

Actors, academics and politicians decry treatment of Uyghurs

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 20:48
Uighur children living in Turkey stand as their parents stage a demonstration outside the Chinese embassy to commemorate the anniversary of deadly ethnic unrest in 1997 in Gulja, in China's far-western Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (Photo: AP)

After 28 people were killed in East Turkestan during the holy month of Ramadan, actors, academics and politicians in Turkey have raised their voices criticizing the Chinese government and calling for the freedom of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

Al Jazeera interviews WUC Spokesman Alim Seytoff on China’s Ramadan Ban

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 20:45

Mr. Seytoff explains the intent and extent of China’s Ramadan ban on Uyghur Muslims.

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