October 2006

Sons of exiled Muslim leader tried in China, sister says

Sun, 10/29/2006 - 11:00

Two sons of Rebiya Kadeer, the leader of China's Uighur Muslim minority in exile in the United States, have been put on trial in China on tax fraud charges, their sister said Friday.

Report: China students clash with police

Thu, 10/26/2006 - 12:00

As many as 10,000 college students fought with Chinese police in four days of protests over their academic status, damaging cars and buildings and leaving at least 20 people injured, a foreign monitoring group said Thursday.

China's hepatitis victims claim discrimination

Thu, 10/26/2006 - 12:00

Until a few weeks ago, it seemed there was no stopping Mahsum, a wide-eyed 12-year-old from a dusty cotton-farming township in China’s Xinjiang region. After months of rising early for an extra two hours of study before class, Mahsum, a member of the Uighur ethnic minority, won a coveted subsidised boarding place at a much better school in the regional capital of Urumqi.

China asserts grip on key western province

Thu, 10/26/2006 - 12:00

Mullah Masude, 63, removes his shoes and gingerly navigates an expanse of carpeting in the Jaman mosque's main worship area before climbing a set of rickety steps to the roof.

Woman Champions Rights For Ethnic Minority In China

Wed, 10/25/2006 - 12:00

Rebiya KadeerRebiya Kadeer is a former delegate to the Chinese National People's Congress and a member of the country's large Turkic minority group known as the Uighurs. Last year, after six years of imprisonment in China, she was exiled to the United States but is still paying a price for reporting human rights violations committed by Chinese authorities against her people.

Rep. Wolf recognized for human rights efforts

Wed, 10/25/2006 - 12:00

Katherine Cameron Porter smiled as she surveyed the ornate and historic Cannon House Caucus Room on Capitol Hill. It was Monday evening, Oct. 16, and the room - filling with the sweet scents of Tibetan food and the odd rhythmic pulses of Uyghur music - was literally humming with 300 human rights activists from around the world, many in native dress.

Hurdles on the road to Mecca for mainland Muslims

Tue, 10/24/2006 - 12:00

Arzuguli Saidulla closed her hardware store in Urumqi, Xinjiang, early last month and left home on the journey of a lifetime for most Muslims - her first haj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Zhang Qingli elected Tibet Party chief

Mon, 10/23/2006 - 12:00

Zhang Qingli was elected secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region on Monday.

Muslims feel the long arm of Beijing

Mon, 10/23/2006 - 12:00

In Xinjiang, which is of strategic importance to China, Uighurs try to maintain their culture despite strict oversight.

China's road to riches

Sat, 10/21/2006 - 12:00

Travelling Asia's ancient trade route lets you connect with a storied past and a vibrant present, writes Spencer Wynn