November 2014


Sun, 11/30/2014 - 21:33

The recent report of Uighur refugees stranded in Thailand brings forward several significant questions regarding the refugee crisis, the status of Uighurs and the future of China as a superpower.

China rebukes Turkey for offer to shelter Uighur refugees

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 21:29

China on Friday lashed out at Turkey for offering shelter to roughly 200 Uighurs from the western Chinese region of Xinjiang who were rescued from a human-smuggling camp in Thailand.

Attack in Western China Leaves at Least 15 People Dead

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 21:24

The police in Xinjiang, the volatile region of western China, shot dead 11 members of a gang who killed four people and wounded 14 in an attack on a street lined with restaurants and food stalls, official Chinese media said Saturday.

Ilham Tohti's seven students almost certain to receive jail terms, rights lawyer says

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 23:53
Ilham Tohti

Lawyer expects all seven to be convicted but not for life like their famous economics teacher

China mulls new law to deploy counter-terrorism troops abroad

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 23:45
FILE - In this May 23, 2014 file photo, paramilitary policemen with shields and batons patrol near the People's Square in Urumqi, China's northwestern region of Xinjiang. So far this month, police in China's restive western region of Xinjiang have broken up 23 terror and religious extremism groups and caught over 200 suspects, state media reported Monday, May 26. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China has drafted a new legislation to deploy troops in counter-terrorism missions abroad with the consent of the nations involved, a law if passed could enable Chinese military to directly take on Xinjiang militants active in neighbourhood countries including Pakistan.

Kyrgyzstan’s Uighurs Cautious, Still Fear Chinese Influence

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 23:39
Chinese police clash with ethnic Uighurs in July 2009 in Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region and the center of the country’s ethnic Uighur population. Ethnic Uighurs living in Kyrgyzstan fear their activism for minority rights may also attract more scrutiny by security services as it has in neighboring China, which is Kyrgyzstan’s largest trading partner and considers ITTIPAK – a Uighur activist organization – to be a separatist group. (Photo: Guang Niu/Getty Images)

Artik Hadjiev is a middle-aged man with a gentle face and smiling eyes. Sitting in a Bishkek hotel lobby wearing a smart suit, he speaks quietly and eloquently about community building and collective aid.

Students of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti on trial in China

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 23:36
Tohti was jailed in September for separatism

Seven university students linked to jailed Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti have reportedly gone on trial in China's westernmost province of Xinjiang.

China announces net results of Xinjiang ‘strike hard’ campaign

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:56
Uyghurs sit near the Grand Bazaar in Urumqi, in China's Xinjiang region (AFP Photo/Goh Chai Hin)

Rights monitors say the crackdown has led to curbs on religious freedom, uptick in Uyghur executions

China opens separatism trial for students of jailed Uighur scholar

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:54

China opened separatism trials for seven students of jailed Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti on Tuesday, a human rights lawyer said, the latest developments in a legal drama in the Xinjiang region that has drawn criticism from the West.

7 Students of Jailed Economist Are Put on Trial in Western China

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:52
Ilham Tohti

 Seven students of Ilham Tohti, an imprisoned ethnic Uighur professor, went on trial on Tuesday in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang on charges of being members of a separatist group, said Li Fangping, a lawyer for Mr. Tohti.