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A warning sign is seen outside the Shanghai No.1 Detention Center in Shanghai, China.  © 2010 Reuters
Nov 10, 2017

New Anti-Graft Body Threatens Abusive Detentions

Police patrol as Muslims leave the Id Kah Mosque after morning prayer in the old town of Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in this June, 2017 file photo. Authorities have revised a list of signs of Muslim extremism used to detain thousands of people in political re-education camps across the region. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP)
Nov 9, 2017

November 9, 2017

Nov 9, 2017

The city of Weimar announced on June 30 that, in compliance with the Weimar City Council’s recommendation, they were awarding this year’s Weimar Human Rights Prize to Ilham Tohti in recognition of his work upholding the rights of the Uighur people and promoting understanding between Uighurs and Han Chinese.

US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, China's President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan look at the Forbidden City in Beijing, Nov. 8, 2017. AFP
Nov 9, 2017

Dissidents and activists call for the release of Liu Xiaobo's widow Liu Xia, and jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti, among others.

Bottles of museles wine line a shelf at the Awat Ruby Museles Winery in Awat, Xinjiang, April 17, 2015.
Nov 8, 2017

The incident occurred more than a decade earlier as the son was preparing to get married.

A Chinese policeman stands guard as Muslims arrive for the Eid al-Fitr morning prayer at the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, June 26, 2017.
Nov 7, 2017

Prayer posture, hair color, and how one wears a watch are now reasons to detain Uyghurs.

Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo attends a group discussion session at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing, Oct. 17, 2017 Reuters
Nov 7, 2017

However, officials decline to elaborate what constitutes a terrorist video, or religious extremism.

A Uyghur security guard patrols a Uyghur neighborhood in Xinjiang's Aksu prefecture, Apr. 17, 2015
Nov 7, 2017

Until recently, authorities avoided harassing relatives of security personnel and public servants.

A policeman passes an ethnic Uyghur, selling bags on a street in Urumqi in China's Xinjiang region in this file photo. Relatives of security personnel are now being detained in a crackdown on the Muslim ethnic group according to sources. (Photo by Peter Parks/AFP)
Nov 7, 2017

Relatives of Uyghur security personnel are now being detained as part of a crackdown on the ethnic Muslim group in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, according to sources.

FILE - Liu Xia, wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, holds a portrait of him during his funeral in Shenyang in northeastern China's Liaoning Province, July 15, 2017.
Nov 7, 2017

Rights advocates at home and abroad are calling on U.S. President Donald Trump to use his first presidential visit to China to address the country's deteriorating human rights situation.

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