December 2018

China got rid of one of the most oppressive practices of the Mao era. Now it’s coming back.

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 18:10
People demonstrate against China during its Universal Periodic Review by the Human Rights Council in front of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, November 6, 2018. RFA

China is reviving forced labor in concentration camps for Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang province. This is unconscionable.

Connection or control? On the new Silk Road, two tales of China compete

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 18:01
An ethnic Uyghur woman walks in front of a screen with a picture of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the main city square in Kashgar in the Xinjiang region of China on Sept. 6, 2018. The screen's slideshow of images of Mr. Xi includes propaganda images of his previous visit to Xinjiang.

Beijing has cast itself as a global leader, trumpeting connectivity and trade. But its policies at home underscore a different reality, and more of China’s partners are taking note.

US reviews Xinjiang forced labor camps reports

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 17:50
Two layers of barbed wire fencing ring the Hotan City apparel employment training base where Hetian Taida has a factory in Hotan in western China's Xinjiang region. This is one of many  internment camps in Xinjiang region.

The U.S. government is reviewing reports of forced labor at a Chinese detention camp where ethnic minorities must give up their religion and language and work in factories.

CAIR Welcomes American Sports Apparel Company’s Decision to Suspend Ties to Chinese Muslim Slave Labor

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 17:46

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed Badger Sportswear’s decision to suspend production of its clothing in Chinese concentration camps where Uyghur Muslims are held against their will and forced to work in factories.

Of kings and concentration camps: Xinjiang and Norway

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 17:45

The visit to China by King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway in October 2018 revealed the increasingly painful hypocrisy of European countries pretending to uphold a ‘human rights dialogue’ with the Chinese authorities.

Central Asians cry out over China's secret detention camps

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 17:37
Kyrgyz family members hold portraits of their relatives who they fear are being held in notorious "re-education camps" in China's Xinjiang region (AFP Photo/Vyacheslav OSELEDKO)

Asyla Alymkulova fights back tears in her home in Kyrgyzstan as she recalls the first time she heard her husband was whisked away to one of the notorious internment camps in neighbouring China's troubled Xinjiang region.

Uyghur Dispersion and Detention – Worse Than We Thought

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 19:13

New details about the detention of Uyghurs in China expose a ruthless state using inhuman methods – including torture – to wipe out a culture.

Locked away, forgotten: Muslim Uighur wives of Pakistani men

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 19:11
In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, Mir Aman talks to The Associated Press, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Scores of Pakistani men, like Aman, whose Muslim Uighur wives have disappeared into internment camps in China feel helpless, fighting a wall of silence as they struggle to reunite their families. Political and economic factors, including concerns about losing out on vast Chinese investments, have kept Muslim countries like Pakistan quiet about the plight of their fellow Muslims, being weaned off their faith in so-ca

The last time Chaudhry Javed Atta saw his wife was over a year ago — the Pakistani trader in dried and fresh produce was leaving their home in northwestern China’s heavily Muslim Xinjiang region to go back to his country to renew his visa.

CPJ: Xinjiang Key Focus for Journalist Detentions

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 19:04

An annual census of detentions by the Committee to Project Journalists has identified China as one of the most prolific jailers, and highlighted ongoing mass detentions in Xinjiang as a current focal point.

Malaysia is concerned about Uighurs in Xinjiang, China

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 19:03
Datuk Marzuki Yahya . Photo: Star Online

Malaysia condemns all forms of oppression against any ethnic or minority group as long as their human rights struggle is based on the law and constitution of the country.