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Oct 15, 2018

THE NUMBER OF Uighurs seeking asylum would be on the rise internationally, with Uighurs abroad facing the strong possibility of imprisonment if they return to China simply by virtue of their ethnicity.

Former Xinjiang University President Tashpolat Teyip (L) at the University of Paris in an undated photo. Dr. Teyip accused of  “two-faced” and jailed for Separatism Photo: Nury Teyip
Oct 12, 2018

China’s fight against Uyghur intellectuals in the name of ‘two-facedness.’

Oct 12, 2018

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by Nury Turkel, a prominent voice in the overseas Uyghur community and the chairman of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, now based in Washington, D.C. We discussed Nury’s own experiences as a Uyghur and an activist both in China and the United States

Oct 12, 2018

A Turkic group that practices Islam, the Uighurs have long faced restrictions from Beijing – but over the past year as many as 1 million have been forced into “re-education” centers where they’re forced to learn Mandarin Chinese, sing songs praising the Communist Party and encouraged to turn away from their religion.

Oct 11, 2018

There has been a rash of reports that recent legislation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China has legalized the detention camps where as many as a million Uyghurs and others have been detained for “re-education.” But the legislation does no such thing. Here’s why.

Dolkun Isa speaks at a Uyghur rally (World Uyghur Congress)
Oct 11, 2018

A Uyghur from Xinjiang, a province in northwestern China, Isa is one of the most prominent voices in the international community advocating for Uyghur and Kazakh rights; minority groups that are now being systematically monitored and jailed en masse.

Ethnic Uyghur members of the Communist Party of China carry a flag as they take part in an organized tour on June 30, 2017 in the old town of Kashgar, in the far western Xinjiang province, China.
Oct 11, 2018

China finally admitted this week what had been widely reported: that it is interning thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people in "re-education camps" in the far-western region of Xinjiang.

Oct 11, 2018

While the Chinese government asserts that it protects religious freedom, a series of annual Pew Research Center reports on religious restrictions around the globe have detailed government efforts aimed at maintaining strict control over religious beliefs and practices in the country.

Hu Lianhe (center foreground, in navy blue), one of the top officials overseeing Xinjiang ethnic policy, inspects a building site.
Oct 10, 2018

An August 31 hearing of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) marked the first appearance of Hu Lianhe (胡联合; literally, “Hu the Uniter”) on the global stage. Until recently Hu, one of the leading figures of a new generation of PRC ethnic policymakers, was little known both domestically and internationally.

An SVG map of China with the Xinjiang autonomous region highlighted. Wikipedia
Oct 9, 2018

Since its founding in 1949, the Chinese communist government in Beijing has long considered a northwestern region on its vast political map a primary troubled spot for the regime and has systematically implemented various measures to seek total control of this important territory. Of the four non-China Proper areas, the other three, i.e. Manchuria, Mongolia and Tibet have longer, and more complicated historical connections with China.

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