March 2020

Schools in Xinjiang Reopen Despite Ongoing Threat of Coronavirus Infection

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 20:32

Observers say authorities are pushing a narrative that they’ve stemmed the outbreak, at the risk of lives.

In Xinjiang, Ethnic Kazakhs Suffer alongside Uyghurs

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 20:25
Chosen as an International Women of Courage in March 2020. Awards presented on 4 March 2020 - Sayragul Sauytbay. Photo: US Gov - Secretary of State's photographer

The recent award given to Sairagul Sauytbay, namely the U.S. State Department’s International Women of Courage Award (IWOC), has helped maintain international attention on the campaign of repression currently being carried out in East Turkestan (called Xinjiang by the Chinese government) against the Uyghur population, and other ethnic groups in the region, including ethnic Kazakhs.

With Breadwinners Locked in Camps, Families Struggle to Survive

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 20:11

The mass confinement of Xinjiang’s Uyghurs in internment camps resulted in a myriad of children and parents of the detained left with no means of subsistence.

Repressed, Removed, Re-Educated: The stranglehold on religious life in China

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 19:58
Illustration: EPLS

The level of freedom of religion or belief in China is rapidly and significantly decreasing.


Tue, 03/31/2020 - 19:46
Detainees listening to speeches in a re-education camp in Lop County, Xinjiang, April 2017

China’s clampdown on Chinese Muslims is worsening. At the moment, over a million Chinese Uyghurs are being held in concentration camps erected by the government in the western region of Xinjiang.

China’s People of Faith: Canaries in Xi Jinping’s Coal Mine

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 19:32
China's President Xi Jinping at an informal meeting of the heads of state and government of the BRICS countries before the G20 summit in Hamburg. 7 July 2017.   Photo: Press Service of the President of the Russian Federation

Call it COVID-19. Or novel coronavirus. Or the now-politically incorrect term “Chinese flu.” But thanks to the virus’s unrivaled global threat, all eyes are now fixed on China and its Communist administration.

China's religious minorities especially vulnerable to coronavirus, rights group warns

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 19:24
Illustration: EPLS

Christian Solidarity Worldwide has warned that the coronavirus pandemic may exacerbate the decline in religious liberty in China.

Xinjiang Returns to Work, but Coronavirus Worries Linger in China

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 20:50

In the Xinjiang region of northwestern China, the government says, major construction projects have resumed, oil field workers are back on the job, garment factories are making masks and spring planting is underway. Students returned to school last week, and one class was greeted by the region’s top Communist Party leader, who wore a mask while speaking to them.


Mon, 03/30/2020 - 20:29
Rashida Dawut, in an undated photo

News of Rashida Dawut's late 2019 sentencing has only just emerged

Divest Chinese tech companies over Uyghur killings, NGOs tell Norway

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 20:27
Hikvision Hangzhou office. 18 June 2018, 17:54:29. Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine

A group of NGOs has urged Norway to divest from Chinese technology companies for their involvement in human rights violations in China's Uyghur Region.