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Nearly Two Dozen Uyghurs Jailed For ‘Illegal Religious Activities’

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 20:03
An elderly Muslim talks to a younger man outside a mosque before Friday prayers in Urumqi, capital of western China's Xinjiang region, May 23, 2014.

The prison terms range from five to 16 years.

22 Imprisoned in Crackdown on Extremism in Xinjiang

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 20:00
Security officers stand behind the accused, wearing orange vests and standing in trucks, during a mass sentencing in Yili prefecture in northwest China's Xinjiang region on May 27, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)

The authorities in Xinjiang, an ethnically divided region in northwest China, have imprisoned 22 people in a mass sentencing that included charges of rape, disturbing public order and “illegal preaching,” a state news media outlet reported on Tuesday.

China targets 'wild imams' in mass public sentencing

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:17
An Imam calls on Muslim Uighurs for their afternoon prayer with a home-made iron loudspeaker on the roof of the Kuqa Mosque, the second biggest mosque in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, August 20, 2012. CREDIT: REUTERS/STRINGER

China has jailed almost two dozen people including "wild imams" who preach illegally in the western region of Xinjiang where the government says Islamists are waging a violent campaign for a separate state, Chinese media reported on Tuesday.

China's Uighur problem rooted in terrorism or racism?

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:10
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.

The Chinese government has blamed every major terrorist attack in the country in recent years on extremists from the ethnic Uighur Muslim minority.

Bolstered ‘Silk Road’ trade could hurt China’s Uighurs

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:04

President Xi Jinping's notice of $40 billion to boost trade could mean more repression in Xinjiang, advocates say

Chinese Officials Issue Rules for Employing Uighurs in the South

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 19:44
Uighur men in a market in Kashgar, Xinjiang. An intensified effort to integrate Uighurs and other ethnic minorities into mainstream Chinese society through jobs and schooling is underway.Credit Carlos Barria/Reuters

Last week, 489 people from the far western region of Xinjiang got off a government-chartered train in the city of Guangzhou to start factory jobs in southeastern China.

APEC restrictions 'worse than prison', says China dissident

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 19:39
Workers install a billboard of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit at the China National Convention Center in Beijing on Friday (AFP Photo/Greg Baker)

Obama to arrive in Beijing on Monday for the summit and meetings with Xi Jinping

China’s Uighur Unrest Is Opportunity for Afghans

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 22:38
President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, left, was escorted Oct. 28 by President Xi Jinping during a visit to Beijing. Credit Diego Azubel/European Pressphoto Agency

Since the British first tried and failed to subdue Afghanistan in the 19th century, stumbling into a costly Afghan war seems to have become a mandatory step for global power players.

Labor Program in China Moves to Scatter Uighurs Across Han Territory

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 22:33
 An Uighur woman riding a bus in Kashgar, China. A major factor in China’s involvement with Afghanistan is alarm over Islamist militancy among Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic group from northwestern China. Credit Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

As a winter chill settled across China’s far northwest, 489 people boarded a chartered train in the city of Urumqi for the 50-hour ride to the country’s opposite corner, in semitropical Guangdong Province, to take up new factory jobs.

Will Obama Raise Issue Of Human Rights In China At APEC?

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 22:30
Then-Vice President of China Xi Jinping (now president) meets with Barack Obama at the White House in February 2012.

US President Obama will have a private meeting with president of communist China, Xi Jinping, on Nov. 12. For this meeting, nine human rights organisations including human rights observers and Amnesty International have issued open letters urging Obama to devote attention to the issue of human rights in China during the APEC summit.

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