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Police in China's Xinjiang Raid Thousands of Muslim Kazakh Homes
November 17, 2017
A group of ethnic Kazakhs from China, in undated photo.

Officials are ordering Muslims in Xinjiang to hand in any religious items, as well as clothing and other goods from neighboring Kazakhstan.

Human rights repression in China seen worsening under Xi
November 17, 2017
FILE - In this 2015, file photo, Gao Zhisheng walks past photos of his relatives in a cave home where he is confined in northwestern China’s Shaanxi province. Gao’s whereabouts are now unknown after a short lived escape from his state security captors. Gao’s plight shows what activists say is a drastically deteriorating situation for rights campaigners under the rule of President Xi Jinping, who emerged from a party congress last month as the most powerful Chinese leader in a generation. (Paul Traynor, File

After five years of prison and three more confined by guards at home, Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng could take no more.

Uyghur Activist Rebiya Kadeer’s Relatives Detained
November 16, 2017
Residents of Kashgar's old city heading home from Monday morning neighborhood flag-raising ceremony. Ceremonies last for 1-2 hours, attendance is compulsory.

Human rights NGO Amnesty International has released an “urgent action” call for the release of as many as 30 relatives of U.S.-based Uyghur human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer that the organization says have been arbitrarily detained.

UNPO Roundly Condemns Detention of Thirty Members of Uyghur Leader’s Family by Chinese Authorities
November 16, 2017

Around 30 relatives of Uyghur leader and prominent human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer have been arbitrarily detained by Chinese authorities in East Turkestan, soon after her participation in the launch of the Uyghur Friendship Group at the European Parliament.

On Thin Ice: Xinjiang Glacier Could Melt Away in 50 Years
November 15, 2017
Scientists observe Urumqi Glacier No. 1 in the Tianshan Mountains, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Aug. 31, 2016. Courtesy of Tianshan Mountains Glaciological Station

Global warming and human activities are causing the massive glacier in northwestern China to recede at record rates.

Chinese Nationalism Jostles With Academic Freedom in Australia
November 15, 2017
Kevin Carrico, who teaches Chinese studies in Sydney, Australia, is concerned about professors being targeted for comments perceived as critical of China. Credit Matthew Abbott for The New York Times

It was a routine quiz in a university business class in Australia, but the answer to one of the questions was a surprise: Chinese officials are truthful only when careless or drunk.

U.S. Congress urged to require Chinese journalists to register as agents
November 15, 2017

A report to the U.S. Congress released on Wednesday accused Chinese state media entities of involvement in spying and propaganda and said their staff in the United States should be required to register as foreign agents.

Security clampdown bites in China’s Xinjiang region
November 14, 2017

Surveillance overhaul hits daily lives of not only Muslim Uighurs but also Han Chinese

Simulated Autonomy: Uyghur Underrepresentation in Political Office
Oct 30, 2017

A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) examines the demographics of political office holders in East Turkestan and finds significant underrepresentation of Uyghurs.

BRIEFING: The Chinese Government’s Misleading White Paper on the Human Rights Situation in East Turkestan
Jul 6, 2017
SCIO presents the white paper

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July 6, 2017 2:35 pm EST

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BRIEFING: Ban on “Islamic” names an absurd intrusion into Uyghurs’ private lives
May 4, 2017

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) expresses alarm at recent measures preventing Uyghurs from choosing state restricted names for their newborn children.