June 2019

Death of Uighur writer sparks call for Canada to act

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 21:22
Nurmemet Tohti in an undated photo.  Photo courtesy of an RFA listener

A Canadian family has recently learned of the death of their relative, writer Nurmehemmet Tohti after his release from an internment camp in China. A grandson living in Calgary told the Globe and Mail newspaper that being in custody was fatal for the 70 year old who had diabetes and heart problems.

Column: China’s abuse of Uyghur intellectuals worries University of Hawaii friends

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 21:13

In spring 2009, a Uyghur intellectual came to the University of Hawaii on a prestigious Ford International Fellowship to start his graduate work. 

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2019: Chinese officials complicit in the torture of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples should be sanctioned

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 15:30

On International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, June 26, the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) calls on all concerned governments to sanction Chinese officials for the torture of individuals held in Chinese government concentration camps.

Young Uyghur Tour Director Dies Under Questioning by Xinjiang Authorities: Mother

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 21:13
Aytursun Eli in an undated photo.

Aytursun Eli was targeted by police after she travelled to Dubai for her tourist agency.

Photographing Xinjiang: An Interview with Maxime Matthys

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 21:10
In 2019, the Belgian-born visual artist and photographer Maxime Matthys travelled to Xinjiang in north-west China. His photographic series “2091: The Ministry of Privacy” is the fruit of his time spent in the region. (© Maxime Matthys ) Maxime Mat

Maxime Matthys is a Belgian-born visual artist and photographer. His work often explores the impact of technology on our everyday lives, seeking to make the invisible visible. In March, he travelled to Xinjiang in north-west China to pursue a project on mass surveillance, “re-education camps,” and the widespread human-rights abuses taking place in the region.

State Department condemns Iran, China for persecuting religious minorities

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 20:42
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about the 2018 International Religious Freedom Annual Report at the Department of State in Washington, June 21, 2019.  @SecPompeo

The State Department condemned China and Iran on Friday for treating religious minorities as national security threats meriting surveillance, imprisonment and sometimes death.


Mon, 06/24/2019 - 20:20
A small Free Tibet protest with balloons is surrounded by Chinese flags. 2008 Olympic torch relay in Commonwealth Park Canberra . Photo: Graeme Bartlett, Wikimedia

Last week in Xiamen, Chinese Politburo Standing Committee member Wang Yang presided over a routine conference on cross-strait relations and the relationship with the Taiwanese people.

China’s Long, Hot Summer of Censorship

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 20:13
Image Credit: Illustration by Catherine Putz

June has been a terrible month for internet freedom in China. July may be even worse.