China begins trial of Ilham Tohti

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:19

Uighur scholar, respected internationally for constructive views on China’s ethnic tensions, is accused of fomenting separatism

Is Ilham Tohti friend or foe of China?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 20:15
Uighur academic Ilham Tohti has been detained since January

Ilham Tohti, an economist and persistent champion of the rights of China's Muslim Uighur minority group, will face trial in Xinjiang on Wednesday.

China: Uighur Scholar’s Trial a Travesty of Justice

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 20:09
Ilham Tohti and his wife in a photo sent to RFA's Uyghur Service via WeChat on Jan 13, 2014, two days before his detention.

Ilham Tohti Could Face Sentence of 10 Years to Life

Uighur academic held on separatism charges in China kept in shackles

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:57
Ilham Tohti was detained in January and accused of promoting independence for China's Xingjiang region. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

Lawyer for economics professor Ilham Tohti says his client has also been denied warm clothes ahead of his trial this week

The perils of China's Silk Road revival

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:13
Despite possessing some of China's largest oil reserves, Xinjiang is one of the poorest provinces [Johan Nyman/Al Jazeera]

China aims to put a modern twist on the ancient Silk Road in a move to boost trade with Europe, but obstacles remain.

Wall Propaganda in Xinjiang

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:06

In a post in Xian, way back at the beginning of our journey, I discussed some of the propaganda that the Communist Party was placing in subway tunnels and at bus stops. This propaganda in Xian was subdued, very much promoting this idea of Chineseness, but not all that in-your-face.

China airing details about suspects in terrorist attacks

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:37
Police search for terrorism suspects in Aksu, in far western China's Xinjiang region, in August. Beijing has blamed recent attacks on separatists from Xinjiang. Rights groups accuse China of cultural and religious repression, which they say fuels unrest among the Uighur population. (AFP/Getty Images)

Just who are the alleged extremists responsible for the wave of terrorist attacks across China in the last year?

China says "rescues" more children from Xinjiang religious schools

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:30
Paramilitary policemen walk past Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region, November 17, 2013.

A sweep on illegal religious activity in the capital of China's unruly far western region of Xinjiang has resulted in 190 children being "rescued", along with the detention of dozens of people, a state newspaper said on Monday.

Xinjiang Fosters Mixed-Ethnic Living, Xinjiang Daily Says

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:27
A Uighur man looks at a truck carrying paramilitary policemen during an anti-terrorism rally in Urumqi, the capital of China's Xinjiang region

China’s Xinjiang region is building a community where majority Han Chinese and ethnic Uighus can live together, the Xinjiang Daily newspaper reported, as the region grapples with tension between the groups.

Chinese Police Detain U.S.-Based Uyghur Activist’s Sister

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:17
Ilshat Hesen's sister, Ilnur Hesen (third from left), in an undated family photo.

Other family members experience harassment by police in Xinjiang.


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