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 /

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.

China denying passports to restrict critics, minorities

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 20:36
FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, a Uighur woman rests near a cage protecting heavily armed Chinese paramilitary policemen on duty in Urumqi in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang. While most Chinese can easily obtain passports, eroding barriers to travel have thrown into relief a new pattern showing that entire ethnic groups deemed potentially risky to the leadership - such as Muslim Uighurs and Buddhist Tibetans - are largely being barred. By denying them opportunities for jobs, education and ove

Hand your passport to police or it will be canceled, read the notice to all 4.4 million residents of far-northwestern China's Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture.

Uighurs: Dreaming of Vatan

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 19:35

Thousands of Uighur Muslims have been forced to flee their native Xinjiang province after the Chinese secret police began arresting religious Uighur men.

Pu Zhiqiang Indicted for “Inciting Ethnic Hatred”

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 22:11

After a year in detention, rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has been formally indicted on charges of “inciting ethnic hatred” and “causing a disturbance and provoking trouble.”

China to increase video surveillance in security push

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 09:03

China will ensure that all key public areas are covered with video surveillance cameras by 2020 to fight crime and ensure social stability, the government said on Wednesday, part of a broader push to step up security in response to violent unrest.

Chinese Police Order Residents in a Xinjiang Prefecture to Turn In Passports

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 08:59

Residents of an ethnically diverse prefecture in far northwest China that borders several nations have been asked to hand over their passports to the police by Friday or have the documents canceled, according to a notice circulating online and an interview with an officer on Thursday.

Tibetans, Uyghurs 'Blacklisted' at Hotels in Chinese Cities

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 08:56
Security forces participate in a military drill in Hotan, Xinjiang, June 6, 2014.

The move is part of the Communist Party's 'stability maintenance' measures, which link hotels directly into police databases.

Six Dead, Four Injured in Two Successive Suicide Attacks in China’s Xinjiang

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 19:49
The map shows Lop county of Hotan prefecture in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

One police official says the attackers were angry about restrictions placed on the wearing of veils and beards.

China Issues Arrest Warrant For Nine Uyghurs Near Mongolian Border

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 19:46
Six of nine Uyghur fugitives shown on an arrest warrant.

Local sources say two or three are already in police custody, while an exile group says they were likely fleeing China.


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