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Xinjiang Re-education Camp Detainees Appointed ‘Crying Time’ Every Two Weeks
May 20, 2019
Guzire Awulqanqizi in an undated photo.  Photo courtesy of Guzire Awulqanqizi

Officials grant the sessions ‘because they know we are suffering,’ a former detainee says.

RFA Identifies Uyghur Detainees in Iconic Photo
May 20, 2019

The five men were held at the Lop county detention camp in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

Uyghur freedom fighter Rebiya Kadeer given Free Spirit Award 2018
May 20, 2019
Uyghur freedom fighter Rebiya Kadeer

Prominent Uyghur freedom fighter Rebiya Kadeer has been named the recipient of the Free Spirit Award 2018 during an event in McLeod Ganj.

Who Will Speak for Serikzhan Bilash? Not Washington.
May 20, 2019
Video grab  of Serikzhan Bilash. VOA

There can be no demanding justice for those interned in China while refusing to defend the people who attempt to provide it.

Pakistan's silence on fasting ban for China Uighurs riles activists
May 20, 2019
Men Pray at Id Kah Mosque on Eid ul-Fitr. Taken on September 10, 2010. Photo: Preston Rhea, Flickr

But is public resentment enough to force PM Khan's government to confront Beijing?

X-ing Out Xinjiang
May 20, 2019

A China studies scholar says a journal editor censored him by striking out a section of a book review critical of the Chinese government's policies in Xinjiang. The editor denies it was censorship.

Forced labor in Xinjiang
May 20, 2019

Western companies have links to forced labor in China's far western province of Xinjiang. That's from a new Wall Street Journal report. Marco speaks with Rian Thum, a leading expert on Xinjiang, from the University of Nottingham.

Making the Xinjiang authorities dance: 40 examples of publicized cases
May 20, 2019

For the past half-year and probably longer, I’ve admittedly been a broken record in replaying the same mantra when talking of what works in getting the oh-so-scary Xinjiang authorities to somehow curb their seemingly unbridled madness.

Empty Uyghur Mosques During Ramadan in China
May 20, 2019
A deserted mosque in Ürümchi in 2018. Image by Darren Byler

In 2014 Uyghur college students secretly fasted during Ramadan. Many of them would wake up early in the morning to eat the cold pilaf and nan that they had hidden away on the bookshelves on their bunk beds before they went to sleep.

Diplomat Confirms Limits on Ramadan in Xinjiang
May 17, 2019
Men downing bottles of beer as part of a state-sponsored festival ahead of Ramadan in a Muslim-dominated area of China.  2015-06-21

A Chinese official denies allegations by activists that China’s government is blocking Muslim religious practices in the restive Xinjiang region during the holy month of Ramadan.

China pushes inter-ethnic marriage in Xinjiang assimilation drive
May 17, 2019
Uyghur  girls are forced to marry Han Chinese to save their parents from torture

China's fractious far-west region of Xinjiang has changed its university entrance exam rules to give children from mixed families a leg-up on other students, in what experts say are the latest efforts to erase a mostly Muslim ethnic culture.

Resisting Chinese Linguistic Imperialism: Abduweli Ayup and the Movement for Uyghur Mother Tongue-Based Education
May 16, 2019

A new special report published by the Uyghur Human Rights Project highlights the politically motivated linguicide of the Uyghur language

Detained and Disappeared: Intellectuals Under Assault in the Uyghur Homeland
Mar 25, 2019

The Uyghur Human Rights Project has identified at least 386 Uyghur intellectuals detained and disappeared since early 2017, victims of the massive campaign of ethno-religious repression carried out by the Chinese government in the Uyghur homeland.  It is time to end business as usual.

The Persecution of the Intellectuals in the Uyghur Region Continues
Jan 28, 2019

Persecution of teachers, scholars and artists constitutes an attempt to erase Uyghur culture.  338 Uyghur intellectuals interned, imprisoned or forcibly disappeared since April 2017, including 21 staff mebers of Xinjiang University.  International scholarly exchange with China cannot be justified until they are released.