January 2014

Increased security measures in China's Xinjiang province unlikely to stem from Uighur attacks

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:58
Chinese paramilitary policemen take part in an anti-terrorism exercise involving local police, paramilitary, and militia forces, in Hami in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Increased security measures in Xinjiang are unlikely to stem from Uighur attacks. Source: PA

Alleged ethnic Uighur militants set off two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Xinhe town, in the Aksu prefecture of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, on 24 January.

Rights Groups Call for Uyghur Scholar’s Release

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:55
Ilham Tohti and his wife in a photo sent to RFA's Uyghur Service via WeChat on Jan 13, 2014, two days before his detention.

Amnesty International issues an 'urgent action' alert for Ilham Tohti.

Advocate for Uighur Minority in China Arrested, Taken to Undisclosed Location

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:51
Uighur advocate Ilham Tohti chats with students following his lecture in a classroom in Beijing.

Dr. Ilham Tohti, a Professor of economics at the Central Minorities University in Beijing was arrested after a raid of his apartment and materials in it.

Where has Ilham Tohti been held since 15 January?

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 09:49

Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to stop holding Uyghur academic and citizen-journalist Ilham Tohti incommunicado.

Document - China: Uighur scholar taken from his home: Ilham Tohti

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 09:42

Ilham Tohti, prominent Uighur scholar and founder of the website “Uighur Online”, was taken from his home in Beijing by authorities on 15 January. His whereabouts are currently unknown. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Students Detained With Outspoken Uyghur Scholar Taken to Xinjiang

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 11:17
Chinese armed police patrol the streets of the Muslim Uyghur quarter in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi, June 29, 2013.

The whereabouts of professor Ilham Tohti however remain unknown.

US Nominee for China Envoy to Make Human Rights a Top Priority

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 11:15
U.S. Senator Max Baucus testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, Jan. 28, 2014.

The veteran senator says he will also press Beijing to follow international rules on trade and maritime dispute.

Kyrgyzstan: Border Death Mystery Clouded by China-Uighur Tensions

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 16:25
Kyrgyz President President Almazbek Atambaev (right) and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Bishkek on September 11

Four days after the mysterious, violent deaths of 11 men near Kyrgyzstan’s border with China, key questions remain unanswered – like why none of the men, whom Kyrgyz officials suspect of decapitating a local hunter and plotting terrorism, could be taken alive.

Unquiet on the western front

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 16:21
Aggressive lecturing? Or hyping up issues?

THE LATEST flurry of news from and about Xinjiang—a fresh bout of deadly violence in the region and the arrest of an activist scholar in Beijing—suggests that Chinese authorities are not about to change their strategy for managing ethnic tensions there.

Collateral Damage

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 16:19

The January 15th arrest of Ilham Tohti, an Uyghur, a professor, and an activist for the rights of the Uyghur people inside the People’s Republic of China, is a distressing reminder of the realities of truly independent political thinking in China.