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Telling Stories About Xinjiang From The Outside
December 11, 2018

In the absence of concrete facts, frightful rumors flourish.

China’s religion policies in Xinjiang could be spreading
December 11, 2018

The imminent closure of a 34-year-old Arabic language school in China’s northwestern province of Gansu has raised fears that draconian religion policies adopted in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region are being applied to other Muslim-populated areas.

Uyghur Scholar Arrested Over Politically Sensitive Book
December 11, 2018
Uyghur scholar Gheyret Abdurahman is shown in an undated photo. Photo provided by an RFA listener

Gheyret Abdurahman joins four others arrested from the Academy of Social Sciences of Xinjiang in recent crackdowns.

Rights Groups Urge Global Pressure on China Over Abuse of Uyghurs on Anniversary of UN Rights Declaration
December 11, 2018

They say China is a ‘significant exception’ in the advancement of human rights since the declaration was enacted.

Uyghur Journalist Reports on Own Family’s Disappearance, Fights for Release
December 11, 2018

Gulchehra Hoja had a childhood full of dance and music in Xinjiang, China. She loved being on camera and dreamed of becoming a TV host. And she did. Hoja hosted shows in Chinese and the Uyghur language and started the first ever children’s show on Xinjiang TV. She was a known face for Xinjiang viewers.

The origin of the ‘Xinjiang model’ in Tibet under Chen Quanguo: Securitizing ethnicity and accelerating assimilation
December 11, 2018

Reports on the current situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR)[1] describe a climate of expansive surveillance and control, the mass detention of at least 1 million Uyghurs and Kazakhs in re-education camps and an effective information vacuum.

Human Rights Day: It’s time for global sanctions on China to end the Uyghur human rights crisis
December 10, 2018
Photo posted by the Xinjiang Judicial Administration to its WeChat account, April 2017, showing detainees at a camp in Lop county, Hotan prefecture, Xinjiang. Photo: RFA, Oct. 2, 2018; cf. WaybackMachine Internet Archive, April 17, 2017.

Monday marks 70 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Drafted in the wake of the atrocities of WWII, its 30 articles constitute governments’ explicit pledge to prevent a repetition of the crimes against humanity of the 1930s and 40s.

La Trobe Asia event: What’s happening to the Uyghurs in China?
December 10, 2018

In the Chinese region of Xinjiang, tens of thousands of ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities have been detained inside enormous extrajudicial ‘re-education camps’. China claims the region faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists, stirring up tensions between the mostly Muslim Uyghur minority and the ethnic Han majority. 

The Uyghur emergency: The causes and consequences of China's mass incarceration of Turkic Muslims
December 10, 2018

The Chinese government is under increased pressure over its archipelago of mass detention camps, holding approximately one million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (also known as East Turkestan). Beijing has responded with a flurry of contradictory rhetoric, first denying that the camps exist, then portraying them as voluntary vocational training centres, and most recently describing them as a ‘counter-terrorism’ measure that Europe should learn from.

One man’s fight to get Congress to care about China’s Uyghurs
December 10, 2018

Dolkun Isa doesn’t have the money or powerful backing that most people who successfully lobby Congress have. But he’s going up against the government of China anyway.

Has the world abandoned the Uighur Muslims?
December 10, 2018

We speak to a Uighur refugee, and debate if data theft, interference and illegal spending tainted the Brexit referendum.

The Persecution of the Intellectuals in the Uyghur Region: Disappeared Forever?
Oct 22, 2018

A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) details how 231 intellectuals have been forcibly disappeared, interned in political indoctrination camps, removed from their posts or imprisoned since April 2017. 

BRIEFING: China’s Unprecedented Campaign to Eradicate the Faith and Identity of the Uyghur People
Oct 3, 2018

Remarks at the International Religious Freedom Roundtable

BRIEFING: Testimony of UHRP Chairman Nury Turkel, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Asia Subcommittee Hearing
Sep 27, 2018

Testimony of UHRP Chairman Nury Turkel,  House Foreign Affairs Committee, Asia Subcommittee Hearing: "China's Repression and Internment of Uyghurs: U.S. Policy Responses." September 26, 2018.