March 2018

Uyghur Teenager Dies in Custody at Political Re-Education Camp

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 15:53

The young man had been detained in 2016 after returning from a trip to Turkey.

Another Scene in the Fight Against Islamophobia

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 15:49
Uyghur poet Tahir Hamut sheds a tear as he describes the mass incarceration of Chinese Muslims in a recent Wall Street Journal video.

In early March 2018 the influential Uyghur poet Tahir Hamut gave a series of readings in Seattle. Unlike in years past when Uyghur celebrities had come to the city, only a handful of Uyghurs—Turkic Muslims native to what has become Northwest China—came to hear Tahir speak.

Chinese crackdown separates Pakistani husbands from Uighur wives

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 15:43

Men from Gilgit-Baltistan say their spouses are being held in ‘re-education’ camps in Xinjiang

Xinjiang official vows to continue ‘intense’ campaign against separatists

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 20:01
Shohrat Zakir (centre) told the Xinjiang delegation meeting there was a significant improvement in “social harmony” last year. Photo: AFP

Remarks come after Human Rights Watch reported fresh evidence authorities were sweeping up citizens’ personal information to police population

UN Rights Body Needs to Challenge Powerful—and Abusive—China

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 19:55

Today we remember Cao Shunli, detained as she sought to travel to Geneva to engage with the UPR process, denied medical treatment, and who died in Chinese custody four years ago today.

Android malware HenBox hits Xiaomi devices & minority group in China

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 19:51

In a blog post published on March 13th, Palo Alto Networks revealed that HenBox’s primary targets are users in China particularly the Uyghurs, which is a minority, Turkic ethnic Muslim group.

China sets up new foreign aid agency to better project influence abroad

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 18:27
Delegates read work reports during a plenary session at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday. (Aijaz Rahi/AP)

China announced Tuesday it will establish a new agency to coordinate its foreign aid program as part of an effort to project its global influence more effectively.

Security spending ramped up in China’s restive Xinjiang region

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 18:31
Paramilitary police board a flight to take part in an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Kashgar, Xinjiang © Reuters

Budget almost doubles in a year as Beijing tightens grip on Muslim Uighurs

In Xinjiang, China’s 'Neo-Totalitarian' Turn Is Already a Reality

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 18:20
In this Nov. 3, 2017, photo, residents walk through a security checkpoint into the Hotan Bazaar where a screen shows Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hotan in western China's Xinjiang region. Image Credit: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

China is not only reviving Mao-era social controls, but augmenting them through cutting-edge technology.

Uncovering the Obscurity of “Educational Placement”

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 18:19
The public sentencing of 55 people in a stadium in Yining, northern Xinjiang province. Image Credit: AP.

Dui Hua’s research into online judgments has uncovered the first known case of “educational placement” (安置教育, anzhi jiaoyu), a measure imposed on prisoners who are considered “a danger to society” even after they have completed their sentences for terrorism or extremism offenses