February 2018

A Summer Vacation in China’s Muslim Gulag

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 17:14
An officer speaks into a radio transmitter at a prison in China. (Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)

How one university student was almost buried by the “people's war on terror.”

China detains relatives of U.S. reporters in apparent punishment for Xinjiang coverage

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 17:00
A security checkpoint in the predominantly Muslim Xinjiang region of China, where authorities are engaged in a crackdown on the local population. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

By Simon Denyer
February 28 at 10:12 AM

Uighur detainees test Malaysia’s diplomacy

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 16:56
Uighur men walking into the Id Kah mosque for afternoon prayers in Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region in a 2015 photo. Photo: AFP/Greg Baker

China wants 11 ethnic Uighurs deported as terror suspects; the US and rights groups say they should be protected as potential refugees

China using 'predictive policing' in Xinjiang region: HRW

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 16:53
Authorities have flooded the Xinjiang region with tens of thousands of security personnel and placed police stations on nearly every block (AFP Photo/Johannes EISELE)

Chinese authorities are using big data and predictive computing power to flag and detain individuals deemed threatening in the western Xinjiang region, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

China Sets Up 'Big Data' System For Preventive Policing in Xinjiang: Report

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 16:52
Residents pass a security checkpoint in Xinjiang's Kashgar city, Nov. 5, 2017. AP

The program is designed to identify possible threats to Chinese control in the restive Uyghur region.

Uyghur Student in U.S. Faces Down Chinese Threats to 'Turn Him In'

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 17:20
Hu Jintao, then president of China, visits a Confucius Institute in Chicago in a 2011 photo. AP

He is supported by his instructor, who tells Chinese students they must respect opposing views.

Ban on Islamic Clothing in Xinjiang

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 17:18

China is an officially atheist country. Civil servants and teachers across the country have long been prohibited from participating in religious activities or wearing religious clothing in public.

China Is Using Big Data to Repress its Muslim Uighur Population, a Rights Group Says

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:50

Human Rights Watch says it has found new evidence that authorities in one of China’s most repressive regions are sweeping up citizens’ personal information in a stark example of how big-data technology can be used to police a population — and potentially abused.

Conference at US Congress Highlights Draconic Restrictions on Uyghur Cultural And Religious Freedoms

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:32

On 26 February 2018, the UNPO, together with the UHRP, the UAA and the WUC organised a conference entitled “Uyghur Religious Freedom and Cultural Values Under Siege”.

China: Big Data Fuels Crackdown in Minority Region

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:24
Chinese police patrolling night market near Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, a day before the Eid al-Fitr holiday, June 25, 2017. © 2017 AFP PHOTO / Getty Images

Predictive Policing Program Flags Individuals for Investigations, Detentions