March 2015

Mystery Surrounds Disappearance of Xinjiang Article and Related Apology

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 19:40
A Uighur man trying on a traditional hat in a market in Kashgar, where a couple was  reportedly jailed for violating regulations against long beards and burqas.Credit Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The article, about a Muslim couple in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang being sentenced to prison for growing a long beard and wearing a burqa, appeared in state news media on Sunday. By Monday morning, it had vanished.

Minitrue: Delete News on Uyghur Jailed for Beard

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 19:36

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.

Islamophobia in China and Pakistan’s vow of silence

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 19:31
For more than a year the authorities in Xinjiang have been campaigning against men growing beards. —Reuters

Recently, in a country that is decidedly not France, a Muslim man has been sentenced to six years in prison for keeping a beard.

'China’s Outer Lands' – a look at the plight of ethnic minorities in China

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 19:27
Emperor Puyi's photograph, his imperial uniforms and a polar bear hide are seen in reflection at the former Imperial Palace of Manchukuo of the Manchu State, the residence of China's last emperor in the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo from 1932 to 1945. After the fall of Manchukuo, the palace was damaged when Soviet troops looted the city of Changchun. The structures were later preserved and opened as the Museum of Imperial Palace of Illegitimate ‘Manchu State,’ Changchun, Jilin province, China. (Photogr

Photograph by Q. Sakamaki
March 30, 2015 4:00 PM

Chinese court jails a man for 6 years for growing beard

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 00:00
Screen capture of an online poster on “the Project Beauty” in Xinjiang.

A court in China's mainly Muslim Xinjiang region has sentenced a man to six years in prison for "provoking trouble" and growing a beard, a practise discouraged by local authorities, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Thai Court Rules Year-Long Detention of Suspected Uyghurs is Legal

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 00:00
Some of the Uyghurs being held at an immigration detention center in southern Thailand, March 14, 2014.

But no decision is made on the nationality of the 17, who are claimed by both Turkey and China.

Authorities Put 25 Hotan Uyghurs on Public Trial for ‘Endangering State Security’

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 00:00

The residents were involved in providing religious instruction or sending their children to attend classes.

China losing battle against extremist Islamic teachings: official

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 00:00
The Id Kah mosque in Kashgar in the Xinjiang province of China. (Photo by Sophie James /

Efforts to curb Muslim influence in Xinjiang has incited violent resistance

Advocates Say Terrorist Recruitment Of Uighur Muslim University Students In China Is Overblown

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 00:00
 A fighter allegedly with the Islamic State group is seen outside the Libyan coastal city of Sirte on March 16, 2015. Islamic State group media office  Universities in China are on high alert after reports that terrorist recruiters are targeting the country's Uighur Muslim population for radicalization. As in much of the world, fears of terrorism have been growing in China amid reports of the expansion of insurgent organizations such as the Islamic State group.  A report in the South China Morning Post reve

Universities in China are on high alert after reports that terrorist recruiters are targeting the country's Uighur Muslim population for radicalization.

Uyghur Neighborhood Targeted For Evictions is Destroyed by Fire

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:51

Strong winds help spread the blaze, leaving seven dead and eight injured in Karamay, sources say.