June 2019

Rights Groups Welcome Declaration on the Persecution of the Uyghurs

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 10:30

For immediate Release
June 24, 2019 10:30 am EST

2018 Report on International Religious Freedom: China: Xinjiang

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 23:11

This separate section on Xinjiang is included given the scope and severity of reported religious freedom violations specific to the region this year.

UPCOMING EVENT: A Different Kind of Prison: Mass Surveillance in Xinjiang and Its Global Implications

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 23:04

The Human Rights Initiative at CSIS invites you to a public event on the mass detention and surveillance of Muslims in Xinjiang, China and the risks such technologies may pose as they are implemented in other areas of China and globally.

Indonesia and the Xinjiang issue: The diplomatic options for resolving the Uyghur crisis

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 22:57

While many people are fortunate enough to reside in countries where the law permits the right of religious freedom, for the Uyghur Muslim minority in China’s far western region of Xinjiang, such liberty has been increasingly curtailed by the Chinese government in Beijing.

Searching for truth in China's Uighur 're-education' camps

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 22:55
Photo: BBC

The Chinese region of Xinjiang is home to millions of ethnic Muslim Uighurs who have lived there for decades. Rights groups say hundreds of thousands have been detained in camps without trial, but China argues they voluntarily attend centres which combat "extremism". The BBC went inside one of them.

Families of Uighurs Abroad Increasingly Targeted by China

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 22:30
Huriyet Abdulla and two of her children after arriving in Beijing, May 26, 2019.  Photo courtesy of Ablimit Tursun

A recent arrest of a Uighur mother and her four children by the Chinese police at the Belgian Embassy in Beijing highlights a growing pattern of persecution by Chinese authorities against members of the Muslim minority who have families living abroad, rights groups charge.

Group Defending Rights Of Ethnic Kazakhs In China To Sue Kazakh Justice Ministry

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 22:28
Aiman Omarova, a lawyer for the Volunteers of the Fatherland group said that the Kazakh Justice Ministry has refused to register the organization four times.

A group that defends the rights of ethnic Kazakhs in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang says it will sue Kazakhstan's Justice Ministry for repeatedly refusing to register the nongovernmental organization.

Indonesia Inaction on Uyghurs Reflects Non-Interference Stance, China Cultivation of Islamic Groups-Report

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 22:26
Indonesian protestors hold up a banner during a rally in front of the Chinese embassy in Jakarta, Dec. 21, 2018.   Rina Chadijah/BenarNews

One Indonesian Muslim leader praised the internment camps as “great” for teaching Uyghurs life skills.

Daughter of Uighur author says conditions at Chinese 're-education' camp killed her father

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 22:24
Nurmuhammad Tohti and his partner Mahtumhan Kerem in Calgary. (Submitted by Zohra Ilchi)

Zohra Ilchi says her father Nurmuhammad Tohti was targeted and detained because of his writing

Xinjiang Internment Camps, Rohingya in Myanmar Highlighted For Religious Repression: Report

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 22:16

China has detained hundreds of thousands of Muslims accused of extremism, while Rohingya continue to face violence at the hands of Myanmar’s military.