August 2018

China's state media defends Xinjiang Muslim crackdown

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 16:35
Paramilitary police patrol the airport in Hotan in western China's Xinjiang region [File: Ng Han Guan/AP]

More than one million Uighurs are estimated to be in detention in 'counter-extremism centres' in China's far west.

Exporting persecution: Uyghur diaspora haunted by anxiety, guilt as family held in Chinese camps

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 16:32
Khadija Abdulaziz, 10, is photographed in her home in Mississauga, Ont., on Aug. 10, 2018.  CHRISTOPHER KATSAROV/THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Sometimes, at the Vista Heights Public School in Mississauga, when the teacher gathers students around for a community circle, Khadija Abdulaziz talks about her relatives in China, the dozens of people who have disappeared.

‘All measures can be tried’ says state-run tabloid after UN expert questions China’s Muslim region crackdown

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 16:16
Kashgar, Xinjiang in 2017. File photo: David Stanley, via Flickr.

Chinese state-run tabloid the Global Times said on Monday that “all measures can be tried” to safeguard stability in the Muslim region of Xinjiang. “We must hold onto our belief that keeping turmoil away from Xinjiang is the greatest human right,” it said.

China denies violating minority rights amid detention claims

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 16:10
 Police patrol a Uighur neighbourhood in Ürümqi, the capital of Xinjiang, home to about 12 million Muslims. Photograph: Tom Phillips/Gu

China has denied claims made during a UN panel last week that authorities are suppressing the rights of Muslim minorities in the west of the country in the name of fighting terrorism.

China flat out denies the mass incarceration of Xinjiang’s Uyghurs as testimonies trickle out

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 16:04
Officials tour a recently opened political 're-education camp' in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region's Korla city, in June 2018.

For months, foreign media have relentlessly reported on the mass incarceration and cultural suppression of China’s Muslim Uyghur minority in the far western Xinjiang region—allegations that Beijing just vehemently denied in a global forum for the first time.

‘Project Dazzling Snow’: How China’s total surveillance experiment will cover the country

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 15:42

Over the past year, international media and human rights groups have reported actively on the deteriorating human rights situation in Xinjiang in China’s northwest, where unrelenting and virtually ubiquitous state surveillance using a range of technologies has become a fact of life for millions of ethnic Uyghurs.

UN Rights Panel Grills China Over Mass Detention of Uyghurs

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 15:35
Chinese delegates address the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, Aug. 10, 2018. RFA

Panel members question a Chinese delegation over mass detentions and religious restrictions.

Prominent Uighur Scholar Missing, Feared Detained

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 15:33
Rahile Dawut, third from left, an academic from the Uighur ethnic minority, working in the Chinese region of Xinjiang in 2005. She has been missing for eight months.CreditLisa Ross

A renowned scholar from China’s Uighur ethnic minority group disappeared in December, and her family and friends believe she was secretly detained as part of the Chinese government’s severe crackdown on Uighurs, The New York Times reported.

China’s Campaign Against Muslim Minorities

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:22
 Chinese police watch as Muslims exit a mosque in Kashgar, China, June 26, 2017. Photo: johannes eisele/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

The suppression of the Uyghurs deserves the world’s attention.

Tens of Thousands of Xinjiang’s Kuchar County Residents Held in Political ‘Re-Education Camps’

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:15
Officials tour a recently opened political 're-education camp' in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region's Korla city, in June 2018.

The detainees are held in three well-fortified facilities on the outskirts of the county seat.