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Sean R. Roberts. https://elliott.gwu.edu/sean-roberts
Aug 16, 2019

Sean Roberts recently spoke with CAS web editor Jessica Chandras to provide an update on the situation for Uyghurs in Xinjiang since publication of his 2018 Critical Asian Studies article, “The Biopolitics of China’s ‘War on Terror’ and The Exclusion of the Uyghurs.”  

Serikzhan Bilash appears in court in Almaty on July 29.
Aug 16, 2019

A rights activist in Kazakhstan who faced seven years imprisonment over his outspoken opposition to neighbouring China was unexpectedly freed Friday as public and international pressure over his case mounted.

A photo posted to the WeChat account of the Xinjiang Judicial Administration shows Uyghur detainees listening to a 'de-radicalization' speech at a re-education camp in Hotan prefecture's Lop county, April 2017.  Wikipedia
Aug 16, 2019

Unfortunately America’s desire to redress injustice far outstrips our ability to do so.

Workers tend to a vehicle at the SAIC Volkswagen’s facility in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, on Sept 4, 2018 [Photo by Zhu Xingxin/chinadaily.com.cn]
Aug 16, 2019

The Chinese government shows no sign of relenting in its campaign of repression in the northwest region of Xinjiang, where an estimated million Turkic Muslims are indefinitely detained and abused.

Aug 16, 2019

Classical totalitarianism, in which the state controls all institutions and most aspects of public life, largely died with the Soviet Union, apart from a few holdouts such as North Korea

A photo posted to the WeChat account of the Xinjiang Judicial Administration shows Uyghur detainees listening to a 'de-radicalization' speech at a re-education camp in Hotan prefecture's Lop county, April 2017.  Wikipedia
Aug 16, 2019

THE Chinese government thinks that it can “fool the international community” and get away with injust treatment of religious minorities, the Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, has said.

Aug 16, 2019

In November 2017, 23-year-old Amanet Khan (name changed for safety reasons), a Chinese graduate student studying in New York City, knew something was wrong when her father stopped responding to her texts on WeChat, a popular messaging app in China. Gradually, even her mother’s texts slowed down to one-word responses.

Kashgar, Xinjiang, in September 2017 / David Stanley
Aug 16, 2019

Mass internment in concentration camps, forced labor, parent-child separation: These are just a few of the realities of life for Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region. Scholar Darren Byler explains.

STOP China Organ Harvesting. Flicker Jeremy Board. Taken on September 4, 2016
Aug 16, 2019

Fifteen studies about transplanted organs by researchers in China have been retracted this month due to concerns the work may have used organs from executed prisoners. Three other papers have been the subject of expressions of concern for the same reason, according to the website Retraction Watch which monitors questions raised over published research.

DPP Secretary General Luo Wen-jia meets with the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, India during a visit in July. Image Credit: Luo Yi-ting
Aug 16, 2019

A DPP meeting with the Dalai Lama signals new regional cooperation among groups threatened by Chinese Communist Party.

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