March 2019

‘India must speak up for Uyghurs and Tibetans’

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 19:48
Dolkun Isa at the National Press Club in Washington, March 7, 2018. RFA

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC), based in Germany, says, that the “re-education camps” are just another tool for China to persecute Uyghurs and crush dissent against its repressive rule.

A whistleblower on Xinjiang has been detained. Is China behind the arrest?

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 19:39
Serikzhan Bilash (center), activist of Atazhurt volunteers organisation, speaks at the meeting on the detained ethnical Kazakhs in China. Almaty, 2November2018.

The way that China’s leaders tell it, the string of camps they have built in Xinjiang province in the country’s northwest are for vocational education, meant to combat extremism.

Ethnocide in Xinjiang, China's 'open air prison'

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 19:32
Detainees listening to speeches in a re-education camp in Lop County, Xinjiang, April 2017.

Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims face detention, torture, forced labor, religious and cultural repression

Muslim Detention Camps Are Like ‘Boarding Schools,’ Chinese Official Says

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 19:26
The perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in Xinjiang, in western China.CreditCreditThomas Peter/Reuters

A senior official from China’s far west said on Tuesday that the internment camps for Muslim minorities there were like boarding schools and that their numbers of inmates would shrink, as the government pushed back against international criticism of the mass detentions.

‘The Chinese Government Is at War With Faith.’ U.S. Official Denounces Religious Crackdown in China

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 19:21
Sam Brownback, U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom speaking at the FCC on March 8, 2018. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC

U.S. diplomat Samuel Brownback denounced China’s treatment of the Uighur minority during a teleconference call Tuesday. Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group, make up roughly 40% of the population of the northwestern province of Xinjiang. According to the U.N., an estimated 1 million Uighurs are being held in internment camps in Xinjiang.

Q&A with Dolkun Isa, president of the World Uyghur Congress

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 19:16

Dolkun Isa talks with DW about what he calls "21st century concentration camps" in Xinjiang, China. The Uighur activist says China is expanding its reeducation camps in which minority Muslims are interned in the northwestern region.


Tue, 03/12/2019 - 19:09

The Kazakh government should cease intimidation against peaceful activists campaigning for detained relatives in China and release Serikzhan Bilash. The Kazakh activist was arrested on March 10th, charged with “inciting ethnic discord” and given two months’ house arrest while he awaits trial.

Ministerial for Religious Freedom in Taiwan: “End Persecution in China”

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 19:07

As a follow-up to the 2018 Washington DC Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, an event inaugurated by Taiwan’s President denounces persecution in China.

China Vows to Continue Crackdown Fueling Muslim Detention Camps

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 19:05
Shohrat Zakir

Officials from China’s predominately Muslim region of Xinjiang defended mass detention camps as necessary to fight terrorism and vowed to maintain the crackdown for a “long time.”

Taiwan urged to be more vocal in support of China-oppressed minorities

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 19:01
Tashi Tsering

Human rights activists from Uyghur and Tibet on Tuesday urged the Taiwanese government to engage more in public conversation about their struggle and offer tangible programs to support their democratic efforts.