September 2019

Interview: 'As Soon as I Was Taken Inside, I Knew it Was a Prison'

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 20:30
Uyghur internment camp survivor Zumuret Dawut attends an event on global religious freedom on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Sept. 23, 2019. Photo: RFA

Zumuret Dawut had to agree to a forced sterilization in order to be able permitted to leave Xinjiang with her husband and family.

US Calls on UN to Demand Unfettered Access to Xinjiang to Investigate Reports of Rights Abuses

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 20:29
A still from a video of US Deputy Secretary of State John J Sullivan addressing an event on the situation in Xinjiang on the side lines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Sept. 24, 2019.

The US Deputy Secretary of State says failing to do so has damaged the body’s reputation.


Tue, 09/24/2019 - 20:08

he Guardian’s Lily Kuo reports on recently emerged drone footage of hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners being led from a train by police.

China coerces Uighur women into unwanted marriages

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 20:05
Can you imagine marrying a man of another ethnicity just to save your families from death? This is an everyday reality for #Uyghur Muslim in East Turkestan which has been occupied by China. Now the girls are forced to marry Han Chinese to save their parents from torture!. @iamgul8

In China’s western Xinjiang province, Uighur women are marrying Han men, but not because they want to. If they refuse, the women and their families could be arrested or sent to an internment camp.

Obstacles to Excellence: Academic Freedom & China’s Quest for World Class Universities

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 20:01
Tashpolat Tiyip in Paris, during a ceremony to receive an honorary doctorate from the Sorbonne in November 2008. Photo: He was president of Xinjiang University from 2010 to 2017 and sentenced to death in a secret trial by Chinese government

Obstacles to Excellence is a new report from Scholars at Risk mapping threats to academic freedom that jeopardize China’s higher education ambitions.

Religious Freedom Envoy Dismayed Islamic Countries Won’t Condemn China’s Abuse of Uighur Muslims

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 19:56
Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback

As the Trump administration leads international condemnation of China’s persecution of Uighur Muslims, ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom Sam Brownback expressed dismay Monday that Islamic nations in particular have not spoken out in support of their co-religionists.

Chinese hackers who pursued Uighurs also targeted Tibetans: researchers

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 19:52
Photo: Max Pixel

Sophisticated Chinese hackers who used a previously unknown iPhone security flaw to target ethnic minority Uighurs also went after Tibetans in exile, according to a report published on Tuesday.

For Uighur refugees, freedom means losing family

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 19:49
Uyghurs and their supporters demonstrate in Turkey on December 27,  2018. Photo: RFA.

Abdullah Rasul has so little contact with his family in China that it took three months for him to find out that his father was dead.

Human rights in Xinjiang adds to tensions in China-US rivalry

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 19:45
A still from a video of US Deputy Secretary of State John J Sullivan addressing an event on the situation in Xinjiang on the side lines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Sept. 24, 2019

The United States is expected to censure China for human rights abuses in the far western region of Xinjiang at the United Nations on Tuesday, as the two countries’ strategic rivalry expands to ideological differences.

China is killing religious and ethnic minorities and harvesting their organs, UN Human Rights Council told

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 19:39

Lawyers for independent China Tribunal say UN member states have ‘legal obligation’ to act