March 2017

Big Brother surveillance on the Silk Road for China's ethnic minority Uighur Muslims

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 16:15

China has banned "abnormal" beards and the wearing of veils in public places as it imposes a "great wall of iron" in its far western Xinjiang region.

Terror threats transform China's Uighur heartland into security state

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 16:00
Shopkeepers line up with wooden clubs to perform their daily anti-terror drill outside the bazaar in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, March 24, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Three times a day, alarms ring out through the streets of China's ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, and shopkeepers rush out of their stores swinging government-issued wooden clubs.

China’s Xinjiang Crackdown Continues

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 15:25

Even while Beijing pursues economic openness in the province, it’s turning Xinjiang into a security state.

Uyghur Businessman Dies Under Police Questioning in Xinjiang

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 15:23
A map showing the location of Atush city in Xinjiang.

Abdurishit Haji was suspected by authorities of supporting Uyghur separatist groups outside China, sources say.

Xinjiang Law Bans Beards, Veils, Refusal of State Media

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 15:21

Lawmakers in Xinjiang this week passed the first region-wide legislation aiming to combat “religious extremism” in the violence-prone area, with a wide-ranging list of 15 types of behavior that as of April 1 will be banned. Reuters’ Christian Shepherd and Ben Blanchard report:

China sets rules on beards, veils to combat extremism in Xinjiang

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 15:58

China will step up a campaign against religious extremism in the far western region of Xinjiang on Saturday by implementing a range of measures, including prohibiting "abnormal" beards, the wearing of veils in public places and the refusal to watch state television.

Does China have itself to blame for the trans-nationalisation of Uyghur terrorism?

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 15:53

On 15 February, three ’knife wielding’ Uyghur ‘terrorists’ attacked a residential compound in Pishan township, Khotan Prefecture, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), killing five people.


Thu, 03/30/2017 - 15:51
Uppgivenhetssyndrom, or resignation syndrome, is said to exist only in Sweden, and only among refugees. The patients seem to have lost the will to live. “They are like Snow White,” a doctor said. “They just fall away from the world.” Photograph by Magnus Wennman for The New Yorker

In Sweden, hundreds of refugee children have fallen unconscious after being informed that their families will be expelled from the country.

Interview: 'I Hope You Can Realize That it Was a Big Mistake to Lock Him Up'

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 20:42
Jewher Ilham, in an interview with RFA's Uyghur Service in new York, March 11, 2017.

Jewher Ilham says she will work to win freedom for her jailed father, Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti.

China’s Organ Transplant Problem

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 17:32

Alarming questions over the scale – and sources – of organ transplants need to be answered.