February 2017

China 'anti-terror' rallies: thousands of troops on streets of Urumqi

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 17:56
Paramilitary policemen board a plane in Urumqi as they head for an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Kashgar. Photograph: China Stringer Network/Reuters

More than 10,000 forces gather in capital of violence-stricken region of Xinjiang for second time in just over a week

“Counterterrorism” in Xinjiang

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 17:51

Terrorist attacks are becoming more frequent in China’s Xinjiang province, and the Chinese government is in desperate need of a new counterterrorism strategy.

Uighur’s plea to let sick son get treatment

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 17:47
Father: Abdullah Abdulqadir

One of Bermuda’s four Uighurs is desperately pleading with British authorities to let his five-year-old son receive specialist medical treatment overseas.

Officials Ban Dozens of Religious Practices, Foreign Missionaries in China's Xinjiang

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 17:44
Uyghur men praying in a mosque in Hotan, in China's western Xinjiang region, April 16, 2015.

The list is being circulated to local governments throughout the region for compulsory 'study', residents say.

The Battle for China’s Spirit

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 17:37
Chinese soldiers amass outside of Labrang Monastery in Gansu Province to prevent protests during Losar, the Tibetan lunar New Year festival, in February 2016 (Christophe Boisvieux/Getty Images).

Religious Revival, Repression, and Resistance under Xi Jinping

China holds mass police rally in Xinjiang as hundreds sent to anti-terror 'frontline'

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 17:05
Paramilitary policemen stand in formation as they take part in an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally, in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

More than 10,000 armed police in China's western Xinjiang region staged a mass rally in the capital Urumqi, state media said, as authorities rolled out a rapid-response air patrol system to quell unrest that the government blames on Islamist militants.

Detained on Unknown Charge, Uyghur Kills Five With Axe

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 16:34
A map showing the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and the location of Kashgar.

Memet Eli was undergoing political re-education after being forcibly returned to his township by police, sources say.

China’s imprisonment of Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti has dire consequences

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 16:31
Ilham Tohti

The nomination last week of the imprisoned Uyghur Professor Ilham Tohti for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is welcome recognition of the role this courageous individual has played in working for the fundamental rights of a beleaguered people.

Chinese Netizens Attack Minority Uyghur Muslims

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 16:24
Han Chinese residents hold a Chinese national flag as paramilitary policemen in riot gear block a road at the centre of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region September 3, 2009.

Within hours of the February 14 knife attack in Pishan county, Xinjiang, China’s state media released identical reports...

Western China Region Aims to Track People by Requiring Car Navigation

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 16:21
A taxi in Kashgar, which lies west of the Bayingol Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, where drivers are being ordered to install Chinese-made GPS-like navigation equipment. The system can be used to track people in the volatile Xinjiang region in far western China.

Officials in China’s largest prefecture, in the far-western region of Xinjiang, are requiring all drivers there to install a Chinese-made satellite navigation system in their vehicles, according to an official news report this week.