March 2018

Beijing Squeezes Exiles in U.S. by Detaining Family Back Home

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 18:17
Uighur poet and filmmaker Tahir Hamut, shown in Virginia on Wednesday, said his family members have come under pressure since he left and sought asylum in the U.S. JASON ANDREW FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Efforts ramp up under Xi Jinping to silence Uighurs and other critics outside the reach of China’s police

Xinjiang confiscates ‘ethnic’ goods, ships prisoners out of province to solve crowding

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 18:04
Kazakh rugs sit in dumpsters after they were confiscated by authorities. (Photo: ChinaAid.)

The ongoing crackdown against ethnic minorities, especially those who are predominantly Muslim, continues in China’s far western Xinjiang region.


Thu, 03/29/2018 - 19:11

China’s global kidnapping campaign has gone on for years. It may now be reaching inside U.S. borders.

Xinjiang Authorities Detain Uyghurs ‘Wanting to Travel Abroad’

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 20:40
A Uyghur student sits at a restaurant table in Cairo while police detain others behind him.  Photo sent by an RFA listener

Simply showing an interest in taking a trip outside of China is enough to warrant arrest.

China is trying to prevent the formation of a vocal Uighur diaspora

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 15:30

It has persuaded friendly countries to send lots of them home

Growing Religious Persecution In China A Symptom Of Xi's Consolidation Of Power

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 15:28
President George W. Bush meets with Chinese Human Rights activists Li Baiguang, Wang Yi, and Yu Jie in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House in Washington, DC on May 11, 2006. (Photo by Eric Draper/WireImage)

Dozens gathered in Washington, D.C., last week to commemorate the life of Li Baiguang, a well-known human rights lawyer and advocate for Christians in China. Li died on Feb. 25 under suspicious circumstances after being admitted to Chinese Military Hospital No. 81 complaining of minor stomach pains. This was not the first time that Li’s life was under threat.

China and Russia accused of waging 'war on human rights' at UN

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 16:27
The UN Human Rights Up Front initiative was established in 2014, after a series of UN failures in preventing or sounding the alarm over atrocities. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

The two countries lobbied to cut funding for human rights monitors and for a senior post dedicated to human rights work

In China, sympathy for treatment of ethnic minority prompts death threats

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 18:59
Chinese armed police patrol the streets of the Muslim Uighur quarter in Urumqi on June 29, 2013 after a series of recent terrorist attacks hit the Xinjiang region.  MARK RALSTON

A Chinese woman who wrote a widely discussed online account of domestic discrimination has been branded a “crazy dog” who supports terrorism and should be put to death.

Pakistanis distressed as Uighur wives vanish in China dragnet

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 18:55

Every autumn on the mountainous Karakoram Highway, part of the ancient Silk Road, groups of Pakistani merchants living in China's far west would wave goodbye to their Chinese wives and cross the border to spend winter in their home country.

Chinese Internet Users Concerned About Crack Down on VPNs

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 18:52

Will China’s internet be further closed off from the rest of the world?