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China’s Urumqi bans Islamic veil, sparking rights concerns

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:49
Ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese Muslims pray together during Friday prayers at Yang Hang mosque in the city of Urumqi in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region July 17, 2009. SREUTERS/David Gray

The capital of China’s far western Xinjiang has banned the wearing of Islamic veils in public, the regional government said on Thursday, in a move experts worry could spark more unrest in the troubled region.

Xinjiang burqa ban could 'spark unrest'

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:47
Uygur women wearing full face veils in Xinjiang, where the practice is becoming more commonplace. Photo: Imaginechina

Authority's vote to prohibit the wearing of the Islamic garment in public could make it 'more popular as a symbol of resistance', expert warns

Chinese Court Frees Uyghur Linguist Following Appeal

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 22:39
Abduweli Ayup and his daughter in a file photo.

He had been jailed for more than a year for ‘illegal fundraising.’

China's Ethnic Region's Capital to Ban Veiled Robes

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 22:36
A group of Uyghur women stand outside a mosque in Kashgar, in farwest China's Xinjiang region (AFP Photo/Carol Huang)

The capital of China's restive western region of Xinjiang has introduced a law banning veiled robes in public amid measures taken by Beijing to curb Muslim extremism, authorities announced Thursday.

Religious Extremism Law Imposes New Restrictions on China’s Uyghurs

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 21:19
Worshippers leave the Id Kah mosque in Kashgar in northwestern China's Xinjiang region, Jan. 7, 2012.

Muslims in Xinjiang will be prevented from wearing religious garb the authorities believe is associated with extremism.

China's Jailing of Uyghur Dissident's Students 'Unacceptable': Exile Group

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 21:17
Ilham Tohti chats with students on June 12, 2010 after a lecture at the Central University for Nationalities in Beijing.

Seven former students of jailed scholar Ilham Tohti receive sentences ranging from three to eight years.

PRESS RELEASE: 33rd EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 21:10

On 8-9 December 2014, the European Union and the People's Republic of China held the 33rd round of the EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights in Brussels.

China says bilingual education a key for Xinjiang's stability

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 21:08
Hojamemet Tursun, an Uyghur student at the No 5 Middle School in Poskam county,  Uygur autonomous region. Oct 25, 2010.

Bilingual education in China's unruly far western region of Xinjiang will help to preserve stability and to develop the area, a senior Communist Party official said on Wednesday, stressing the importance of a controversial policy.

China jails seven students of Uighur scholar for separatism

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 19:08
Mutellip Imin

A Chinese court handed down sentences of up to eight years in prison to seven students of jailed Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti in China's western Xinjiang region, two rights lawyers said on Tuesday, in a case that has been criticized by the West.

China jails students of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 19:00
The life sentence for academic Ilham Tohti sparked concern outside China

Seven students of imprisoned Uighur academic Ilham Tohti have been convicted of separatism and jailed, a lawyer for Tohti says.

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