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Xi Jinping Assuming New Status as China’s ‘Core’ Leader

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 20:48
President Xi Jinping of China at a medal ceremony in September for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Credit Jason Lee/Reuters

China’s president, Xi Jinping, has already grasped more power more quickly than his two recent predecessors, and he has shown a taste for audacious decisions and a loathing for dissent.

China reduces sentences for 11 Uighurs, including Canadian

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 19:38

A court in western China has reduced the sentences of 11 Uighurs convicted of terrorism and endangering state security, including a naturalized Canadian preacher whose life term had been sharply criticized by Ottawa.

Declaring de-radicalisation success, China reduces 11 sentences

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 19:28
Hüseyin Celil

Authorities in China's unruly far-western region of Xinjiang have reduced the sentences of 11 people jailed for threatening state security after declaring success of a de-radicalisation program, state news agency Xinhua reported.

China intensifies controversial crackdown on Uighurs

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 20:00
Chinese riot police keep watch on Uyghur residents near a mosque in Urumqi following ethnic violence between Uyghurs and Han Chinese, July 10, 2009. Credit: AFP

Uighur Muslims, a Chinese religious minority, are voicing their concerns about what they describe as pervasive religious and cultural repression implemented by Beijing under the premise of campaigns which the Chinese government has engaged within the primarily Muslim province of Xinjiang, in the name of "fighting religious extremism, separatism and terrorism."

Islam, Ethnicity, and State Control in China

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 19:56
A local government in the predominately Muslim southern part of China’s Xinjiang region has hosted a “beer competition” ahead of Ramadan, which an exiled ethnic group has called blatant incitement to the Islamic faith.

Authorities in Xinjiang have since May 2014 been waging a “war on terror” in response to mounting violence in the region and elsewhere in China.

China's Xinjiang wants more mingling of ethnic groups

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 20:22
Residents select turbans at a shop in downtown Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, May 1, 2014. REUTERS/PETAR KUJUNDZIC

The different ethnic groups who live in China's violence-prone far western reg

China's Great Media Wall: The Fight for Freedom

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 20:13

Propaganda, censorship, surveillance, intimidation, detention without trial, sabotage of the internet, brutality in the field, and televised “confessions” were its ammunition.

Light Government Touch Lets China’s Hui Practice Islam in the Open

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:57

 As the call to prayer echoed off the high walls of the madrasa and into the surrounding village, dozens of boys, dressed in matching violet caps, poured out of their dorm rooms and headed to the mosque.

EU slams China's on-air 'confessions' as unacceptable

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 18:50
Members from the pro-democracy Civic Party carry a portrait of Lee Bo (L) and Gui Minhai before they protest outside Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China January 19, 2016. REUTERS

The European Union on Friday delivered some of its strongest criticism yet of China's human rights record, calling the televised broadcasts of confessions by Chinese and European citizens "unacceptable".

The Plan to Free a 'Forgotten' Canadian Man, Stuck in a Chinese Prison for a Decade

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 19:16

Three months since he was freed from an Egyptian prison, journalist Mohamed Fahmy is calling on the West to adopt a suite of ideas into law that would improve the way it deals with citizens who get arrested in other countries.

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