July 2019

Doubt Greets China’s Claim That Muslims Have Been Released From Camps

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 21:53
Shohrat Zakir, deputy secretary of the CPC Committee and chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, speaks at a press conference in Beijing, July 30, 2019.

Chinese officials said Tuesday that most of the inmates in re-education camps for Muslim minorities — a vast network of detention centers estimated to have held one million people or more — have been released. But the United States, experts on Chinese policies, and ethnic Uighur Muslims abroad quickly contested the claim.

China celebrates ‘very happy lives’ in Xinjiang, after detaining 1 million Uighurs

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 21:48

The Chinese government on Tuesday declared its campaign of control and repression in the majority-Muslim region of Xinjiang to be a resounding success, claiming that almost all of those detained in internment camps had been released and were now “living very happy lives.”

China Says Majority of Xinjiang Detainees Released, but Activists Question Claim

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 21:41
Uyghurs demonstrate in Australia, on July 5, 2019. Photo: RFA

Government officials extend their defense of the re-education programs targeting ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang

Turkey to send observation team to China's Xinjiang for Uighur Turks

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 21:37
Jama Mosque adorned with China's flag and propaganda banners that read 'Love the Party, Love the Country' in Kashgar prefecture's Kargilik county, in an undated photo. Photo:  Photo provided by an RFA listener

Turkey will send an observation team to China’s Xinjiang region, the Turkish foreign minister said on Tuesday after discussing the situation of Uighur Turks with his Chinese counterpart.

China's top Uyghur official claims most detainees have left Xinjiang camps

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 21:35

A senior Chinese official has alleged that authorities in the far-western region of Xinjiang have released most detainees held in government internment camps, but refused to be drawn on how many people remained in the mass detention program.

China-born opponent of Xinjiang crackdown Serikjan Bilash goes on trial in Kazakhstan

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 21:32
Serikzhan Bilash attends a hearing in Nur-Sultant on June 7. Photo: RFE/RL

Popular campaigner has helped put the spotlight on alleged rights abuses perpetrated against Turkic minorities in China’s far western region

China anti-graft body probes high level Uighur official in Xinjiang

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 21:30

China's anti-corruption watchdog said on Tuesday it is investigating a high-level official in the northwest Xinjiang region.

China: Claims that it has released Uyghurs are not credible

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 21:27

“China is making deceptive and unverifiable statements in a vain attempt to allay worldwide concern for the mass detentions of Uyghurs and members of other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.


Mon, 07/29/2019 - 17:20
Abubekri Rehim who revealed the Yarkand Massacre to the world. Image is taken from Chinese state media.

Since the occupation of East Turkistan in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party has been committing tremendous atrocities against Uighurs and other ethnic groups of East Turkistan. The Yarkand Massacre is just another portrayal of the Chinese regime’s crimes in East Turkistan.

My Uyghur family is quietly living in fear. This is how we become lost

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 17:11
Dilnur Kurban, who lives in Vancouver, is a Uyghur – a Turkic-speaking Muslim ethnic minority in China. She still has family in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, which many Uyghurs call home, but persecution and a climate of fear has made Ms. Kurban's usual conversations with them much more fraught.  DARRYL DYCK/THE GLOBE AND MAIL

My relatives have been careful to avoid China’s ire, and despite worrying conversations, I joined them in their silence from Vancouver. But in the end, it didn’t matter: we are scattered and missing