October 2018

What's Happening in Xinjiang? Four Questions About China's Human Rights Crisis

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 22:00
Thousands of Uyghurs To Protest Against ‘Re-education’ Camps in Brussels on 27 April 2018. Photo RFA

One of the world’s worst human rights crises is happening in Xinjiang, an area twice the size of Texas in the far west of China. Xinjiang is the ancestral home of the Uighurs, a people who practice Islam, speak a language related to Turkish, and whose capital city Urumqi is closer to Baghdad than it is to Beijing.

Bill Shorten labels China's crackdown against Muslim minorities 'gravely disturbing'

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 21:54
Leader of the Australian Labor Party Bill Shorten. Taken at the Australian Labor Party 2016 Election Campaign Launch in Penrith.  19 June 2016, 12:07:01.  Ross Caldwell

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has pledged to renew scrutiny of China's human rights record and labelled the country's crackdown against Muslim minorities "gravely disturbing" in the first public comments on the sensitive subject from a leader of a major Australian political party.

Why We Should Fear China's Emerging High-Tech Surveillance State

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 21:48
hoto: 即时中国大陆映像 via Twitter.

Xinjiang, 2018. In the world of surveillance, few terms are more hackneyed and hyperbolized than ‘Orwellian’ and ‘Big Brother’. But earlier this month, when Nikki Hayley, the US Ambassador to the UN, described China’s subjugation of Xinjiang’s Uighurs as being "straight out of George Orwell”, she pretty much nailed it. Xinjiang is a state surveillance laboratory, with unconstrained deployments of early-stage, commercial technologies being used to suppress an ethnic minority.

China's latest spin on its mass crackdown on Uyghur Muslims

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 21:41

US attention has prompted China to give up trying to deny the existence of camps.

China exiles point spotlight on Muslim repression

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 21:30

Paul Peacheyand Taylor Heyman
October 28, 2018
Updated: October 28, 2018 03:44 PM

THE FOREIGN DESK Xinjiang: China’s captive province

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 21:28

China does a good job of keeping its Uyghur minority out of international headlines. But, as more stories of huge numbers of Uyghurs incarcerated in detention centres emerge, so do less-than-convincing excuses from Beijing. What do the Uyghurs want that China fears so much? And could this type of persecution spread to China’s other ethnic and religious minorities? Andrew Mueller is joined by Isabel Hilton, Megha Rajagopalan, Gene A Bunin and Dolkun Isa.

They Escaped China’s Crackdown, but Now Wait in Limbo

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 21:23
Abdikadir Yasin, a Uighur Muslim from China seeking asylum in Sweden, with his wife and one of their children in emergency housing in the city of Gävle.CreditCreditElisabeth Ubbe for The New York Times

Abdikadir Yasin and his wife waited for months, dreading a call telling them they would have to leave Sweden and return to western China, where the government has corralled hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uighurs like them into re-education camps.

Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on International Religious Freedom Day

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 21:21

“A fundamental right of all Canadians is the right to practise their religion, as well as hold, change or even eschew beliefs without being discriminated against or targeted for violence and abuse. In a multi-faith, multi-ethnic society such as ours, we all gain by recognizing the right of all people to practise their religion or beliefs as they choose. Our diversity is our strength.

China’s glittering glamour disguises a fist of tyranny

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 21:20

First-time visitors to the booming cities of Eastern China invariably marvel at everything new — the gleaming airports, super-fast trains, luxury emporia and glamorous rich. But in Western China, where foreigners are forbidden to look too closely, the ruling Communist Party remains as brutal and totalitarian as ever.