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Rohingya women and children wait in line for food in Bangladesh on Aug. 26, 2018. A year ago, Myanmar's military crackdown on the ethnic Muslim minority forced more than 700,000 to flee to Bangladesh from violence and torture, according to the U.N. Human Rights Council. (Paula Bronstein/Getty)
Sep 13, 2018

Governments in two countries, Myanmar and China, face allegations of persecuting minority Muslim populations. The mistreatment is different in each situation but the reports are credible and the oppression is grievous.

Police patrolling the Old Town in Kashgar, Xinjiang. ‘According to the group Chinese Human Rights Defenders, official data suggests a fifth of all arrests in China last year were in Xinjiang, which has just 1.5% of its population.’ Photograph: Tom Phillips for the Guardian
Sep 13, 2018

As increasing evidence emerges of the arbitrary detention of Muslim minorities on a shocking scale in the north-western region, the new UN rights chief and others are speaking out

Uighurs and their supporters march to the United Nations to protest in New York, on March 15. Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group held demonstrations in cities around the world to protest a sweeping Chinese surveillance and security campaign that has sent thousands of their people into detention and political indoctrination centers. (AP Photo via RNS / Seth Wenig)
Sep 11, 2018

No faith group faces more persecution than Uighur Muslims

Sep 5, 2018

China’s efforts to quash what it says is separatism and religious extremism among its ethnic Muslim population have turned the far western region of Xinjiang into one of the world’s most heavily policed areas. 

Sep 4, 2018

As a nation that has a long history with Islam, China should respect the rights of moderate Muslims to worship

Opening Ceremony of a political  reeducation camp in Lopnur County, Xinjiang
Sep 4, 2018

China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Liu Xiaoming, hit back after reports of more than a million Uyghurs being held in internment camps in the western region of Xinjiang were deemed “credible” by a United Nations human-rights panel last month.

Sep 4, 2018

Over the past week, several reports were published in the US about the mass internment of Uighurs of East Turkestan, which started at about the beginning of last year.

Xinjiang, where a reported 1m Uighurs and other Chinese Muslims are being held in extrajudicial camps, is the centrepiece of Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative © Getty
Aug 28, 2018

If governments will not act, there is more the corporate sector could do

 Protesters denounce China’s treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, July 2018. Photograph: Kemal Aslan/Rex/Shutterstock
Aug 28, 2018

Megha Rajagopalan has joined the list of ousted reporters who fail to ‘reflect the will of the party’

Aug 24, 2018

Uyghurs fear that Beijing wants nothing less than for them to disappear as a people.

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