February 2014

Losing their religion: Desperate plight of China's ethnic Uighurs

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:45
Backlash: Ulghur worshippers at Friday prayer at the central mosque in Hotan. Photo: Sanghee Lee

China's Uighurs are fighting back against religious persecution.

China: Uighur Economist at Risk of Torture in Detention

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:33
The Dream Team: Ilham Tohti, Uyghur; Tybetanka Oser, Tibetan; Ai Weiwei, Han. Beijing, May 19, 2013.

Drop Charges and Release Ilham Tohti

Free Ilham Tohti

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:29
Ilham Tohti

The most surprising thing about Ilham Tohti being charged with separatism is that it didn’t happen sooner.

Arrest of Professor Ilham Tohti - French academics react

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:25
University professor, blogger, and member of the Muslim Uighur minority, Ilham Tohti stands in a classroom in Beijing on June 12, 2010 (AFP/File, Frederic J. Brown)

We have learned of the formal arrest of Ilham Tohti, renowned professor of economics at the Central Nationalities University

Do US Comments on China’s Human Rights Make a Difference?

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:20
Image Credit: Flickr/ US Department of State

US comments on human rights in China aren’t expected to change anything. Instead, they reveal the core of US-China distrust.

In parting remarks, U.S. ambassador urges China to improve human rights record

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:17
Ng Han Guan/AP - U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke was the first Chinese-American ambassador to Beijing and presided over huge growth in economic ties and rise in Chinese visitors to the United States. Locke, who is leaving China on Saturday, also has guided the U.S.-China relationship through some fraught incidents.

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke broached some of China’s most sensitive topics in his last public appearance here, urging Chinese authorities Thursday to improve human rights conditions, repair rapidly deteriorating relations with Japan and address growing distrust of the party among China’s wealthy.

U.S. State Department report details widespread human rights abuses against the Uyghur people

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:20

For immediate release
February 28, 2014, 1:20pm EST

China denies detained Uighur professor access to lawyer

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 20:57
In this Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 photo, economist Ilham Tohti speaks to students at the Central Nationalities University in Beijing, China. He has been under arrest dozens of times over the past decade for criticizing how China runs his homeland and treats his people.

A prominent Uighur economist who has been charged with separatism in China's far western Xinjiang region was denied access to legal counsel on Thursday, his lawyer said, on grounds that the case involves "state secrets".

Uyghur Language Activist to be Tried in March

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 20:53
Abduweli Ayup (R) with his wife and daughter while studying in the U.S. in 2010.

But little is known about the fate of his two business partners.

Three Students of Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti Formally Arrested

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:54
Perhat Halmurat

Chinese authorities inform their families of the charges against them.