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Ilham Tohti and his wife in a photo sent to RFA's Uyghur Service via WeChat on Jan 13, 2014, two days before his detention. RFA
Jan 15, 2019

Observers say Beijing’s rejection of his advice about policies in Xinjiang has furthered instability there.

Erpat Ablekrem in an undated photo.  Photo appears courtesy of Muyesser Abdulehet
Jan 15, 2019

His cousin says he was arrested for maintaining contact with family members who fled the region.

Ilham Tohti in France, February 2009. RFA
Jan 15, 2019

Ten years ago, it would have been difficult to anticipate how Uyghurs in China would manage under new Party leadership. Five years ago, two dozen police stormed into Ilham Tohti’s apartment, snatching him up in a matter of minutes. Nothing has been the same since.

Ilham Tohti. Photo: Martin Ennals Award
Jan 15, 2019

 On the five year anniversary of the arrest of Uyghur professor Ilham Tohti, civil society is calling for China to grant his immediate release and to heed calls for the release of an untold number of Uyghur scholars currently detained.

Women dressed in colorful outfits perform at the 27th Silk Road Turpan Grape Festival in Turpan, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Sept 3, 2018. [Photo provided to Chinadaily.com.cn]
Jan 15, 2019

The Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region will maintain pressure against terrorist activities and make frequent terrorist attacks in the region a thing of the past, the chairman of the regional government said on Monday.

The ancient Bezeklik Thousand Buddha caves in China's Xinjiang Province are the work of the Uyghur people.
Jan 15, 2019

The millisphere of Uyghurstan (population 8 million) is in the south of China's far western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and sits in the Tarim Basin (below sea level).  Uyghurstan is where China tested nuclear weapons from 1959 to 1996, and cancer rates there are one third higher than the Chinese average.

Jan 14, 2019

 In October 2018, Malaysia released 11 Uyghur refugees to Turkey, after dropping immigration-related charges. This welcome decision marked the end of an arduous journey to freedom for the men. It also demonstrated Malaysia’s leadership in standing up for the rule of law, in the face of interference from China, which pressed strongly to have the men returned.

There have been protests in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in recent months calling on authorities to do more to free relatives held in China's Xinjiang region. RFE/RL
Jan 14, 2019

President Trump says trade talks between the United States and China have been, "going very well." The United States put $250 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods last year, to counter what it considers unfair trade practices and theft of U.S. technology.

Jan 14, 2019

Pakistan, China's largest economic ally in the Muslim world, abruptly stopped censuring Beijing over its unprecedented crackdown on Muslims.

Muhammad Hassan Abdul Hameed from the Uighur community runs a restaurant along with his brother in Rawalpindi's China Market [Saiyna Bashir/Al Jazeera]
Jan 14, 2019

Members of Uighur Muslim community say Islamabad is not fighting for their rights as it keeps close ties with China.

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