July 2018

How a Chinese region that accounts for just 1.5% of the population became one of the most intrusive police states in the world

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:00
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. AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

The vast Xinjiang region in northwestern China is home to just 1.5% of the country's entire 1.3 billion residents. But in 2017, one in five arrests in China occurred there.

Kazakh court frees woman who fled Chinese re-education camp

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:00
Sayragul Sauytbay in court in Zharkent, Kazakhstan. Photograph: Ruslan Pryanikov/AFP/Getty Images

Sayragul Sauytbay said during trial she had worked at ‘prison in the mountains’ in Xinjiang

Accounts Show Impact of Repression in Xinjiang

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:00

Referred to as “crimes against humanity” by rights activist Michael Caster, the persecution of Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang has steadily increased amid a long-running anti-terrorism campaign.

Kazakhstan Shouldn’t Deport Asylum Seeker to China

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 22:03
Ethnic-Kazakh Chinese citizen Sayragul Sauytbay in court in Zharkent, Kazkhstan, July, 2018. © 2018 RUSLAN PRYANIKOV/AFP/Getty Images

Ethnic Kazakh Woman Denounced ‘Political Reeducation’ Camps

Chinese Surveillance Expands to Muslims Making Mecca Pilgrimage

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 22:02
Chinese Hui Muslims wait as they prepare to board a flight to Saudi Arabia for a visit to Mecca, in July 2014. Photo: KEVIN FRAYER/GETTY IMAGES

China’s close watch over its Islamic minority is being extended abroad, as Muslims from some Chinese regions make the Hajj pilgrimage wearing state-issued tracking devices.

US Congressional Hearing on China Human Rights Crisis Calls Out Dahua and Hikvision

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 21:58

Increasing attention is being paid to what is happening in Xinjiang, including calls for sanctions and boycotts against those involved in human rights violations.

Kazakh trial throws spotlight on China’s internment centres

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 21:52
Sayragul Sauytbay has requested asylum in Kazakhstan, saying she had been forced to teach prisoners in a Chinese internment camp © AFP

Beijing’s crackdown in restive Xinjiang region puts central Asian neighbours on edge

Asia’s minority rights crisis is getting worse

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 21:40
Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march in Brussels on April 27. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

In the far western region of Xinjiang, home to the Uighurs, a Turkic Muslim minority, Beijing imposes harsh restrictions on ordinary Uighurs' ability to practice their faith and has encouraged Han Chinese migration to the region to dilute its demographic makeup.

Xinjiang Muslim immigrants ask for help as family members arrested

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 21:32
Bakhtinur is pictured above with his children. (Photo: ChinaAid)

Monday, July 30, 2018

US Senators Urge Top Diplomat to Raise Concerns With China Over RFA Reporters’ Detained Relatives

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 23:47
Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo (C), architect of a draconian clampdown on ethnic Uyghurs, attends a meeting at the 19th Communist Party Congress in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Oct. 19, 2017.

Mike Pompeo to appeal for their unconditional release.