October 2017

Uyghur ‘Political Criminals’ Jailed Without Trial in Xinjiang’s Kashgar Prefecture

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 20:40
Policemen stand guard near tourism advertisements, which authorities used to block off the road to the People's Intermediate Court in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi, in a file photo.

Police say they are given blank verdict forms from the courts, which they fill in themselves.

Uyghur Muslim clerics targeted in China crackdown

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 16:25
Uigurs living in the far west of China. Turpan / MM / Flickr / CC 2.0

Imams not complying with the Communist Party’s religious regulations in the Xinjiang region have been sent to political re-education camps.

Quietly, China is reneging on promises to respect minority ethnic languages in its troubled northwest

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 16:16
Uyghur residents walk past Chinese policemen

In addition to twenty-two provinces, four federally administered municipalities, and two special administrative regions, the People’s Republic of China contains five “autonomous regions,” areas with large minority ethnic populations and limited rights to self-government.

Uyghur Migrant Life in the City During the “People’s War”

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 16:11

In May 2014 the Chinese state declared a “People’s War on Terror.” This war was directed at what was perceived to be the Islamic “extremism” of young Uyghur men and women.

The World's Hidden Gas Giant

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 15:59

The trend away from oil has been accelerating in recent quarters.

China’s Xi sets his sights on the world

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 15:23
People ride tricycle carts past a poster featuring Chinese President Xi Jinping along a street in Beijing. China’s ruling Communist Party has praised President Xi as a Marxist thinker, adding to intense propaganda promoting Xi’s personal image as he begins a second five-year term as leader. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

When the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Congress drew to a close recently, President Xi Jinping emerged, as intended, with a steely new grip on power.

Nearly 20 Uyghur Students Unaccounted For Four Months After Egypt Raids

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 20:37
Egyptian women walk near Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, July 14, 2016.

After being interrogated by a Uyghur official, the students went missing from Tora Prison.

How China is targeting its Uyghur ethnic minority abroad

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:22
An ethnic Uyghur woman pushes her children on a tricycle in the old town of Kashgar, in the far western Xinjiang province, China on June 28, 2017.

In a broad campaign to increase pressure on Uyghurs overseas, including those in Canada, Chinese authorities are using coercive measures on family members, recruiting people to spy and sending threats to get many from the ethnic minority group to return to China, Nathan VanderKlippe reports

China’s ‘War on Terror’ Might Bring About a Real Terror Threat

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:09
Uighurs pray at the Id Kah Mosque in Xinjiang, China. Photo: Preston Rhea/Flickr

In the beginning of the fall, the Chinese government resorted to repressive measures against Uighurs, the country’s Muslim minority

Chinese engineers plan 1,000km tunnel to make Xinjiang desert bloom

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:03
The desert sun shines above the Taklimakan Desert east of Hotan in Xinjiang in October 2006. Photo: AFP

Chinese engineers are testing techniques that could be used to build a 1,000km tunnel – the world’s longest – to carry water from Tibet to Xinjiang, experts involved in the project say.