August 2015

Rebiya Kadeer: How One Muslim Woman Became a Leader for Her People

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 11:44

Rebiya Kadeer, a mother of 11 and one of the Chinese Communist Party’s top public enemies, waited for a cab in downtown D.C.

Will Thailand deport Uighurs who fled China?

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 11:24
A group of Uighur women at a shelter Songkhla, southern Thailand, in March 2014. Photo: Steve Sandford/IRIN

Despite Thailand's recent deportation of 109 ethnic Uighurs to China where they could face torture, about 60 members of the persecuted minority who remain in detention are refusing to register with the United Nations as asylum seekers.

Terrorism charges for Uighurs disputed

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 11:20
This photo taken on April 19 shows Uighur men walking into the Id Kah mosque for afternoon prayers in Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. (Photo by Greg Baker/AFP)

Courts across China's restive Xinjiang region have sentenced 45 people on terrorism charges amid a crackdown against minority Muslim Uighur separatists.

China's Policy Forcing Uyghur Muslims to Sell Alcohol 'a Failure,' Sources Say

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 18:53
Uyghurs stand outside a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, Aug. 3, 2011.

One local businessman says China's 'ridiculous policy' has failed to take hold.

Bangkok Bombing Spotlights Uyghur Woes in Southeast Asia

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 18:51
Image Credit: Uyghur via Pete Niesen /

Uyghurs have become a thorny issue for Thailand and other Southeast Asian nations in their relations with China.

China Sentences 45 in Restive Region of Xinjiang

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 21:15
People being deported from Thailand are seen brought off an airplane by police at an unidentified location in China, July 9, 2015, in this still image taken from CCTV video aired on July 11, 2015. CCTV said they were mostly from the country's western Xinjiang region and were attempting to go to Turkey and then to join the Jihad in Syria and Iraq, and 13 of them were terror suspects.

Courts across Xinjiang, the volatile region of western China, have sentenced 45 people to prison in recent days after convicting them of supporting organizations accused of terror attacks or of helping others flee abroad, Xinhua, the main state news agency, reported on Thursday.

China sentences 45 in Xinjiang in illegal border crossing cases

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 21:10
Uyghurs are seen on the Chinese airplane that taking Uyghurs from Thailand

China sentenced 45 people to prison in its Xinjiang region for cases involving illegal border crossings, state media reported on Thursday, saying they sought out "holy war" and had committed crimes including organising or funding "terrorist groups".

China's Uyghur University Students Are Closely Watched For Their Political Views

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 00:00
Tourists take photos of a mosque near the city bazaar in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi, July 5, 2013

Student spies check for 'separatism' and 'extremism,' are rewarded with future advancement in careers.

How Xinjiang Has Transformed China’s Counterterrorism Policies

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 21:02

"The Xi Jinping administration has sought to transform Xinjiang; but has Xinjiang transformed China instead?"

Xinjiang’s State Security Prisoners: Failing to Reform (Part 1 of 2)

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 20:49
Twelve men accused of ESS are publicly sentenced in Yili (Ili) Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang, September 18, 2008. Photo credit:

In 2008 the Xinjiang Rule of Law Leading Small Group published a policy document examining a number of challenges faced by prison authorities in managing the region’s prisoners serving sentences for endangering state security (ESS).