July 2019

More Restrictions in Xinjiang: Visiting Friends and Family Strictly Controlled

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 20:48
A residential area in Urumqi.

Even a visit to a family member or a trip outside the region required to be registered with government officials. Those overstaying could be punished.

We must keep up pressure on China over abuse of Turkic Muslims

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 20:45

Mass arbitrary detention, forced political indoctrination, restrictions on movement, intrusive surveillance and religious oppression. The human rights violations in Xinjiang today are of a scope and scale not seen in China in decades.

The Main Dangers in Xinjiang

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 20:43
Wang Lixiong. Photo: China Change

Beijing has designated “the main dangers affecting the stability of Xinjiang” as being “separatist forces and illegal religious activity.”

Muslim countries joined China in defending its cultural genocide of Uighurs. Aren’t they ashamed?

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 20:40
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

AT A SESSION of the U.N. Human Rights Council this month, 22 mostly Western ambassadors joined in a letter expressing concern about China’s mass detentions in the Xinjiang region and calling for “meaningful access” for “independent international observers.”

Improved Turkish-Chinese come at a cost to Uighurs

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 20:14
June 15, 2019. Photo: Xinhua

Fatima, a Uighur in her early 30s, believes that she can no longer conceive children because she was involuntarily sterilized while held for more than a year in a Chinese-government-run detention camp, where she unknowingly ingested pills that made her infertile.

Saudi Arabia defends letter backing China's Xinjiang policy

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 20:14
Kashgar Normal College distributes bottles of water and free food to Muslim students in an apparent bid to discourage them from fasting during Ramadan, July 8, 2014.  Photo courtesy of an RFA listener.

Saudi Arabia on Thursday defended signing a letter along with 36 other countries in support of China’s policies in its western region of Xinjiang, where the United Nations says at least 1 million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims have been detained.

OIC’s curious record on Xinjiang

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 20:02
 Family photo of 13. Session of the Islamic Summit Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. 14 April 2016.   Wikipedia President.az

While the bloc has made repeated references to Kashmir, it has been ambivalent about China’s treatment of Uighurs

How Americans — Some Knowingly, Some Unwittingly — Helped China's Surveillance Grow

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 19:22

The Chinese government has created a surveillance state using DNA, voice, and face recognition technology to track and target China's Uighur population. Americans helped advance this system.

Pence tears into China over treatment of Uighurs

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 19:14

US backs religious freedom no matter how trade talks go, vice president vows

For some Chinese Muslims, fleeing doesn't end trouble

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 19:14
Still from a video from RFE/RL.

Nikolaj Skydsgaard, Olzhas Auyezov 
JULY 19, 2019 / 6:23 AM