December 2017

AP Exclusive: China's Uighurs work to fend off pull of jihad

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:27
In this Aug. 7, 2017 photo, a Uighur child immigrant sleeps in a resettlement community in Kayseri in central Turkey. As Uighurs flee a Chinese security crackdown in droves, they often end up caught in a tug-of-war between militant Uighur members of Syria-based Islamic groups and moderate leaders of the Uighur diaspora who plead with them to reject calls of jihad. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

The Uighurs are wrestling over decades-old questions: Do we seek freedom with peace or violence? Is our path forward secular or Islamist?

In Xinjiang, 'speaking out loud is very dangerous'

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:21
Security cameras are seen on a street in Urumqi, capital of China’s Xinjiang region on July 2, 2010.  PETER PARKS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

In China's handling of the Xinjiang region, particularly its largely Muslim Uyghur population, scholars see echoes of North Korea and South African apartheid

'I Just Left, Taking my Son With Me'

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:14
Li Aijie on her way to visit her husband, jailed Xinjiang rights activist Zhang Haitao, in Shaya prison near Aksu, April 22, 2017.

The wife of a jailed Chinese dissident speaks to RFA for the first time since her 'covert' escape from threats and intimidation back home.

The Guardian view on surveillance in China: Big Brother is watching

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 13:10
 ‘Regional and local rules and policies include banning “abnormally” long beards in public places.’ Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian

In Xinjiang, cutting-edge technology is reinforcing tight social controls. These measures are unlikely to stay within the region’s bounds

China's crackdown on Uighurs spreads to even mild critics

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 12:01
In this photo taken early Dec 27, 2017 and released by China Aid, Li Aijie poses for a photo with one of two photos she has of her husband Zhang Haitao after authorities confiscate her electronic devices after arriving in the U.S. in Midland, Texas. Li is seeking political asylum in the U.S. Zhang who was sentenced to 19 years in prison had been a rare voice in China, a member of the Han ethnic majority and salesman by day who complained on social media about government policies he said were unfair to Musli

Chinese authorities have not only imposed a massive crackdown on Uighur activists in the far western region of Xinjiang, but also punished even moderate critics.

Kazakhstan National Missing, Believed Detained in China, Amid Ongoing Crackdown

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 18:24
Kazakhstan passport of Askar Azatbek, 41, a former ethnic Kazakh grain bureau official in Xinjiang, who was last seen Dec. 7 and is feared to be in jail.

The missing man was a former Chinese government official who recently emigrated to neighboring Kazakhstan, falling foul of a crackdown by authorities in Xinjiang.

Stepped-up Surveillance of Uighurs Sends 'Relatives' into Homes

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 18:15
FILE - In this photo taken July 17, 2014, Uighur residents gather at a road side stall in the city of Aksu in western China's Xinjiang province.

Authorities in Xinjiang launched what they call a new “relatives’ week” program this month, which requires local civil servants to spend a week with Uighur families in rural areas by the year’s end.

Uyghur Biodata Collection in China

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 18:08
In this Nov. 5, 2017 photo, residents past by a security check point with cameras in Kashgar in western China's Xinjiang region. Image Credit: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

Insights from Darren Byler.

China brings People’s Armed Police under control of top military chiefs

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 18:06
China’s 1.5 million-strong paramilitary police force will now report to the Central Military Commission, headed by Xi Jinping. Photo: EPA

Paramilitary force will answer to body headed by President Xi Jinping

China to Punish 'Two-Faced' Uyghur Officials in New Reward Scheme

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 16:15
Residents on neighborhood watch look for suspicious activities in a village near Korla, in China's Xinjiang region, Nov. 2, 2017.

Tipsters are getting paid for info on ‘terrorists,’ as well as ‘disloyal’ officials and public figures.