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"Farmers" artwork showing common people attacking Islamic terrorists in the guise of rats. From an article by Darren Byler, "Imagining Re-engineered Muslims in Northwest China," at website The Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia.
Aug 29, 2018

They must apologize repeatedly for wearing long clothes in Muslim style, praying, teaching the Qur’an to their children. Those who refuse to do so are punished with solitary confinement, beatings and food deprivation.”

Armed police keep watch in a street in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China, March 24, 2017. Government figures gathered by China Human Rights Defenders, a US-based non-profit, show that 21 percent of all arrests in China last year were made in Xinjiang, though only 1.5 percent of the country’s population lives there.
Aug 24, 2018

Has China simply become too powerful for the world to protest its human rights abuses? A vast surveillance and detention campaign against a Muslim minority is putting that to the test.

A Uyghur woman carries a toddler as children play near a cage protecting Chinese paramilitary policemen on duty in Urumqi, May 1, 2014.
Aug 23, 2018

The government of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, located in China’s northwest near Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and other Central Asian countries, is holding ethnic Muslims en masse in detention facilities the Chinese government euphemistically calls “transformation through education centers.”

Aug 20, 2018

Satellite images show expansion of ‘re-education’ centers in China’s Xinjiang region

Aug 20, 2018

The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China is home to some 12 million indigenous Turkic speaking Muslims, primarily Uyghurs but also smaller numbers of Kazakhs and others. It is now one of the most heavily policed areas in the world.

Chinese policemen push Uighur women who are protesting at a street on July 7th, 2009, in Urumqi, China.  (Photo: Guang Niu/Getty Images)
Aug 15, 2018

Rights advocates suggest the president's hostile rhetoric and policies on American Muslims jeopardize his administration's ability to advocate against abuses abroad.

Jul 30, 2018

Britain has a responsibility to address the hardline measures that China has adopted in Xinjiang

Soldiers and paramilitary police patrol during a pep rally for an anti-terrorism and maintaining stability rally in Xinjiang in March 2017.
Jul 26, 2018

I first visited Xinjiang, in northwest China, in July 2009, returning to Beijing only days before demonstrations in the region's capital, Urumqi, turned deadly.

A televised image of Ma Changqing remaining seated during a moment of silence to commemorate victims of terrorism at a 2014 session of the CPPCC.
Jul 26, 2018

China has a serious and worsening Islamophobia problem. While relations between China’s Muslim minorities and its Han majority have been fraught since 2009’s deadly inter-ethnic riots in the far western city of Urumqi, recent years have seen the normalization of online hate speech directed at Muslims.

Police officers on duty in the vicinity of a center believed to be used for re-education in Korla city, Xinjiang, Nov. 2, 2017.
Jul 25, 2018

I have discussed Xinjiang’s horrific detentions on my blog. There should be more investigative reporting that looks into various important questions. We do not know all the types of detention resorted to. 

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