December 2018

Family fears missing Uighur comedian taken to Chinese detention camp

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 18:22
Comedian Adil Mijit, right, is pictured with his son-in-law Arslan Hidayat. (Submitted by Arslan Hidayat)

Adil Mijit hasn't been seen or heard from since early November

Dozens Detained As Muslims Resist Mosque Closures in China's Yunnan

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 18:12
Hui Muslims at a mosque in Yunnan province, in an undated photo. Photo provided by an RFA listener

More than 100 riot police descend on three independently run mosques in Yunnan's Weishan county, clashing with local Muslims who tried to resist.

Uyghurs appeal to the Muslim World to break its silence

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 18:04

In 2018, the situation has taken a disturbing turn, as 1 – 3 million Uyghurs have been rounded up and are currently being detained in what are essentially concentration camps.

Why Did Kyrgyz Stage a Protest Outside the Chinese Embassy?

Sun, 12/30/2018 - 14:24
The protesters called on China’s authorities to provide information about each ethnic Kyrgyz who they say are incarcerated in reeducation camps in Xinjiang. RFE/RL

In Bishkek, Kyrgyz demonstrated against China’s mass detainment of Muslims, but other grievances are shaping protests too.

CCP Monitors, Punishes Comments on Social Media

Sun, 12/30/2018 - 14:22

Authorities in China scan cell phones at will, and even the most benign comment – from years ago – can have lifelong consequences.

‘Now We Don’t Talk Anymore’

Sun, 12/30/2018 - 14:16
The deserted Khantängri Mosque, with a P.R.C. flag erected since the author’s last visit in 2016, in Nanmen, Urumqi, 2018.

Inside the ‘Cleansing’ of Xinjiang

Mapping a Human Rights Horror: Calculating the Detentions in Xinjiang

Sun, 12/30/2018 - 13:23
A suspected prison in Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang Province, at about 5.28 miles west of Yarkant County, identified by Google Maps as the current image. (Google Maps via Li Fang)

The world believes a human-rights catastrophe is taking place in Xinjiang Province in western China, with large numbers of Uyghurs and other Muslims being herded into prisons and re-education camps.

Rights Activists Fear China's Human Rights Record Will Deteriorate

Sun, 12/30/2018 - 13:16

In China, 2018 has been a year that rights defenders worldwide say was extremely repressive, particularly when it comes to religious persecution.

A wall of silence around China's oppression of its Muslim minority is starting to crumble

Sun, 12/30/2018 - 13:09
Footage purportedly of a re-education camp for China's Uighur Muslims in Yingye'er, Xinjiang, taken in August 2018.Bitter Winter/YouTube

China's Muslim minority, the Uighurs, are subject to harsh surveillance, with many interned in prison-like detention camps and forced to work. Countries in the Muslim world have largely avoided confronting Beijing over this crackdown in the past, but the tide is turning.

The Orwellian Life in Xinjiang Campuses

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 13:13
“No parking on both sides of the road”. A road sign on Xinjiang State University Campus, Urumqi, but with the Uyghur translation crudely taped over.

More than a million Uyghurs are languishing in transformation through education camps, but millions are still at large in the no-mans land of uncertainty where a careless word or administrative whim could put them behind bars.