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Han Chinese Head of Xinjiang Township Stabbed to Death by Uyghur Man

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:09
Map showing location of Hotan county in Xinjiang.

Sources say the young attacker has been detained, but his motive was unclear.

Bride and prejudice: rare ethnic marriages reflect China tensions

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:06
Han Chinese couples dance in a square in Hotan, in China's western Xinjiang region, April 15, 2015 (AFP Photo/Greg Baker)

It was not until late on her wedding day that Aygul told her parents she was even in a relationship. And they were furious.

Amnesty members writing to free Canadian citizen

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:02

“Never underestimate the power of the written word.”

China hails crackdown on terror in Xinjiang

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 20:55
Uighurs - ethnically Turkic Muslims - make up almost half the population of the region

Chinese authorities say security forces in the western autonomous region of Xinjiang have busted 181 terror groups in an almost year-long operation, with the overwhelming majority thwarted while still at the planning stage.

China busts 181 terror gangs in autonomous Xinjiang region in year-long crackdown

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 20:12
Photo: China has increased the police presence in the majority-Muslim Xinjiang region as part of a crackdown on terrorism. (Reuters: Petar Kujundzic)

Authorities in China have announced that a year-long crackdown against terrorism in the largely Muslim region of Xinjiang has seen more than 180 gangs busted.

Why A Chinese Government Think Tank Attacked American Scholars

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 19:47
Exiled Tibetans march in November 2009 in Kathmandu, Nepal, during a protest against alleged human rights violations by the Chinese government in Tibet and Xinjiang.

Last month, a Chinese government think tank bashed history professors from Harvard, Georgetown and other leading American universities regarding things they wrote — at least 15 years ago — about events that occurred more than two centuries ago.

Displaced dreams: Uighur families have no place to call home in G-B

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 19:41
The migrants with their colourful traditional dresses were known as Kashgaris, from Kashgar, the administrative centre of Xinjiang. PHOTO: REUTERS

For over six decades, Uighur families in Gilgit-Baltistan have grappled with an identity crisis for which there appears to be no closure in sight.

Minorities Threatened More by Governments than Terrorist Groups, Says Study

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 19:38
Hundreds of Christian girls have been abducted in Egypt, according to the Association of Victims of Abduction and Forced Disappearance (AVAFD), and coerced into converting to Islam. Credit: Cam McGrath/IPS

In the conflict-ridden Middle East, minority groups continue to be threatened, attacked and expelled from their home countries by terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

WUC Designates June 15th as International Uyghur Language Day

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 19:34
A Chinese teacher teaches Chinese characters to children at a kindergarten in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Feb. 26, 2009. This kindergarten offers bilingual education to pre-primary school children of local Uygur people. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) announces the designation of June 15th as International Uyghur Language Day in light of China’s onslaught on the Uyghur language and its aggressive promotion of the assimilationist “bilingual language” policy in East Turkestan.

President Xi urges China’s religions to shun foreign influences

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 19:28
Chinese President Xi Jinping is pictured in Moscow in 2013 (Photo by Kaliva / Shutterstock.com)

President Xi Jinping yesterday urged China’s religions to shun foreign influence amid concerns over Islamic extremism and the role of The Vatican among the country’s growing Church community.

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