February 2017

China’s Self-Defeating Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Xinjiang

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 15:21
Armed Police soldiers and armored vehicles WZ-551 in the street of Urumqi in September 4, 2009. Days before and at the time, tens of thousands of civilians demonstrated around major places in the city, against a series of the hypodermic needle attacks starting in mid-August.

The correlation between regime type and the likelihood of terrorism has been a subject of scholarly attention for decades. 

For Xinjiang’s Uyghurs, ‘Hashar’ by Any Other Name Still Means Forced Labor

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 15:19
Uyghur workers clearing a ditch during the hashar, Nov. 2016.

Chinese authorities say they have outlawed the practice, but the region’s Uyghurs still have to work for free.

China 'eliminating civil society' by targeting human rights activists – report

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 15:16
Since coming to power in 2012, Xi Jinping has overseen a sweeping crackdown on civil society. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Report details use of torture by Chinese security agencies – including beatings, stress positions and sleep deprivation – to force activists to confess ‘crimes’

China using new counter-terrorism policy to repress Tibetans, Uyghurs: European Parliament

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:42

ANI | Brussels [Belgium] Feb 15, 2017 06:38 AM IST

China: More commitment to human rights of the Uyghurs needed

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:40
If China’s leaders are really aiming to take effective measures to tackle violence and hopelessness among the Uyghurs, they must show willingness to enter a serious dialogue with the indigenous population group, Photo: Todenhoff via Flickr

In the run-up to the Munich Security Conference, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) and the Ilham-Tohti Initiative have appealed to Chancellor Angela Merkel to show commitment for the Uyghur people in China

China knife attack: Eight dead in Xinjiang region

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:37

Eight people are dead after a knife attack in China's restive Xinjiang region.

Uyghurs Are Told to Confess Political 'Mistakes' in Mass Meetings

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:30
A map of Xinjiang showing the location of Aksu prefecture.

Authorities warn that attempts to cover up 'anti-state activities' will be harshly punished.


Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:22
Uyghur protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C., 2016

Although it is officially known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), the Uyghurs and their homeland are autonomous in name only.

Uighur advocate cancels trip on political concerns

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:11
World Uyghur Congress president Rebiya Kadeer

World Uyghur Congress president Rebiya Kadeer has canceled plans to visit Taiwan due to the intervention of “specific individuals,” the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) said yesterday.

Kadeer wants to visit if it does not cause trouble

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 17:05
Rabiya Kadeer at a press conference that held in Japan, 23 Feb, 2017

World Uyghur Congress president Rebiya Kadeer on Saturday said she would accept an invitation from the Taiwan Solidarity Union’s (TSU) to visit Taiwan on condition that it does not cause repercussions for Taiwanese.