August 2017

Why China must scrap new laws that tighten the authorities' grip on religious practic

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 15:28
Uyghur imams were forced to dance and tell children that prayer was harmful for the soul.

As millions of Muslims worldwide prepare for the Hajj, those hoping to independently undertake the journey from China are more likely to end up in jail than in Saudi Arabia.


Thu, 08/31/2017 - 15:18
The Belt Road Initiative promises economic development for China’s westernmost province but reality on the ground is less promising

Published: 31 Aug 2017

China Holds Ethnic Kazakh Students For Praying, Islamic Clothing, Overseas Study

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 15:13
A Uyghur student sits at a restaurant table in Cairo while police detain others behind him.

Authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained dozens of Kazakhs in a crackdown on devout Muslims or those with links overseas since May.

Rights Groups, Victims' Families Call For Action Over China's Enforced Disappearances

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 15:10
Activists in Hong Kong protest on behalf of Liu Xia, widow of dissident Liu Xiaobo, who remains incommunicado seven weeks after her Nobel laureate husband's death, Aug. 30, 2017.

Peaceful dissidents, lawyers and rights activists are frequently held incommunicado under laws governing "matters of state security."

China’s War on Dissent

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:24
Li Wenzu, wife of lawyer Wang Quanzhang, who was detained in what is known as the "709" crackdown, joins others protesting in front of the Supreme People's Procuratorate in Beijing, China July 7, 2017. Picture taken July, 7, 2017. Image Credit: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Detained activists have two choices: vanish or confess.

Urumqi Officials Confirm Security Checks For Uyghur, Kazakh Vehicle Registrants

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 07:17
Uyghur men drive a car through a night market in Hotan, in China's Xinjiang region, April 15, 2015.

The new policy follows efforts in the capital to document residents based on ethnic background.

An Unanswered Telephone Call

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 16:23

Ona bright midsummer morning when you take your little girl’s hand and walk to school listening the birds singing on the way along the narrow footpath, you feel thankful to life that today will be one of your best days full of enjoyment just like any other day that you have hastily left behind you.

Why aren't Uyghur Muslims in China allowed to go to Hajj?

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 16:18

As millions of Muslims around the world celebrate the beginning of Hajj, Uyghur Turks continue to face state-led discrimination.

China: On International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances come clean about the Uyghur missing

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:30

For Immediate Release

August 29, 2017 10:30 am EST

Globe Reporter Who Was Detained in China Wanted to Report on ‘Elishku Massacr

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 16:00
A man rests beside a house in Elishku in China’s western Xinjiang region. Elishku was the scene of a bloody clash on July 28, 2014, between government troops and villagers protesting against the Chinese regime’s restrictions during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

Globe and Mail journalist Nathan VanderKlippe, who was briefly detained by Chinese police earlier this week, says he travelled to Elishku in China’s volatile Xinjiang region to find out more about a 2014 violent confrontation between Chinese authorities and the ethnic Uyghurs that exiled groups say resulted in 2,000 deaths.