November 2013

Uyghur Group Slams Beijing for 'Baseless' Claim on Tiananmen Crash

Thu, 11/28/2013 - 20:09
Armed police stand guard at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Oct. 31, 2013.

A Chinese government spokesman is accused of distorting a statement by an Islamic militant group.

Uyghur Scholar Takes Aim at College Graduation Ban

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 16:53
Ilham Tohti pauses before a classroom lecture in Beijing, June 12, 2010.

Students whose political views don't follow the line of the ruling Chinese Communist Party won't be given a degree certificate, officials warn.

Xinjiang college says approved political views needed to graduate

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 23:36
  A Uighur student attends a lesson at the Xinjiang College of Uighur Medicine in Hotan in the southwestern part of China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region September 15, 2003.  Credit: Reuters/Andrew Wong

College students in China's restive western Xinjiang region will not graduate unless their political views are approved, a university official said, as the country wages what school administrators called an ideological war against separatism.

Too quiet on China’s crackdown on dissent

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 23:33

AS WE diversify the ways in which we do business with China, we will continue to champion respect for the rule of law, human rights, religious freedom and democratic principles.”

B.C. Minister’s trip to troubled Chinese region raises moral questions

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 10:30
B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Minister of Asia Pacific Strategy Teresa Wat field questions before hopping on another flight to China, leaving a watchdog wondering about the economic return on the government’s numerous Asia voyages. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

As part of Premier Christy Clark’s trade mission to Asia her minister of multiculturalism Teresa Wat will head to Urumqi, a part of China Amnesty International says is rife with ethnic tension and human rights abuses.

Chinese anti-veil “beauty” campaign sows ugly tensions

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 09:11
The 'Project Beauty' campaign aims to discourage women from covering their faces, a religious practice for some Muslim Uighurs, the largest ethnic group in China's Xinjiang region, in an attempt to improve security. - AFP pic, November 25, 2013.

A Chinese government worker in the ancient Silk Road oasis of Kashgar beckons two women to her street side stand and logs their details under the gaze of a surveillance camera. Their offence: wearing veils.

‘Chinese Police Deployed Unarmed Uyghurs to Halt Attack’

Sun, 11/24/2013 - 21:01

Family members say the men were deliberately placed in danger.

Audio recording attributes Tiananmen crash to Uyghur armed group

Sun, 11/24/2013 - 21:00
Police officers fence off the scene of a car accident in front of Tiananmen Gate at Tiananmen Square on Oct. 28, 2013 in Beijing, China.Getty Images

But Uyghur experts question whether the Turkistan Islamic Party even exists

China developing surveillance technology to monitor ethnic languages

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 21:05

Chinese government is beefing up its surveillance capabilities with a new technology to track communications in languages used by China's various ethnic groups.

Ethnic distrust festers in Tiananmen attackers' home town

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 21:02
A Uighur man working in his shop in Kashgar, farwest China's Xinjiang region. Photo courtesy: AFP

A Han Chinese emigrant to Hotan, the distant home town of "terrorists" behind a deadly attack in Beijing's Tiananmen Square...