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Jama Mosque adorned with China's flag and propaganda banners that read 'Love the Party, Love the Country' in Kashgar prefecture's Kargilik county, in an undated photo. Photo:  Photo provided by an RFA listener
Nov 20, 2019

During the early 1980s, in the villages surrounding Hotan, a city in the Uyghur region in western China, residents worked diligently to raise funds and construct new mosques. In a brief period of loosening restrictions following the devastation of the Cultural Revolution, faithful Uyghurs eagerly took up the opportunity to build and restore places of worship.

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
Nov 20, 2019

Secret documents from the Communist Party reveal strong party dissent over the repression of an innocent minority. Officials with a conscience are exposing the party’s fears and tactics.

Nov 20, 2019

The Chinese Communist Party is devouring its own and cutting itself off from reality.

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
Nov 20, 2019

It's one of the most disturbing and elaborate cover-ups every attempted: millions of innocent people "vanishing" in the Chinese night.

20190714 Hong Kong Shatin anti-extradition bill protest. https://www.flickr.com/ Studio Incendo
Nov 20, 2019

It all started with a bill. To the untrained eye, it was innocuous: a proposal that would allow China to bring indicted Hong Kong residents to the mainland for trial. But it drove millions into the streets and has resulted in the deaths of two people. Two others have been shot.

Nov 20, 2019

Nuria Khasim, a Melbourne-born Uyghur woman, said she fears her people may be wiped out.

Nov 20, 2019

Reporter Durrie Bouscaren tells the story of a boarding school in Turkey for the children of ethnic Uighurs, who are imprisoned or remain trapped in western China.

Chinese 'relatives' visit Zumret Dawut’s house in 2018. Photo:  Zumret Dawut
Nov 19, 2019

Family members submit to invasive questions but know little about the officials who stay at their homes.

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
Nov 19, 2019

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch, about the U.S. response to China's mass detention of Uighurs and the violent turn in protests in Hong Kong.

Dolkun Isa and Marco Respinti
Nov 19, 2019

Two Uyghur leaders comment on the scoop by The New York Times. Will this change the world’s attitude toward China’s crimes, or everything will remain as it is?

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