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supporters of Uyghurs and Tibet protest outside the EU-China summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: RFA
Apr 11, 2019

Campaigners demand that China ‘close the camps’ holding Uygurs. Human rights groups want EU to put direct questions to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Apr 11, 2019

In its repression of the Uighurs in the western province of Xinjiang, China is creating a template of social control and repression that can be exported and deployed on a large scale throughout Beijing’s emerging commercial empire in Asia and Africa, writes Azeem Ibrahim, the Director of the Displacement and Migration program at the Center for Global Policy (CGP).

Detainees listening to speeches in a re-education camp in Lop County, Xinjiang, April 2017
Apr 11, 2019

The Jewish people don’t need to be warned about genocide. We know it doesn’t happen overnight. We know it starts with a culture being demonised, and with hate and repression becoming normal. Then people start disappearing. That’s what is happening today in China. It is estimated that over a million Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities are being detained indefinitely in ‘re-education’ camps in China’s western Xinjiang Region.

Apr 11, 2019

Move was ‘a brute-force effort to pledge thoughtless allegiance to the Communist Party’, project manager for World Uygur Congress says. Organiser says aim was to ‘maintain national dignity, dispel rumours and show the whole world the facts’

Apr 10, 2019

As an ethnic and religious minority is subjected to surveillance and torture in western China, our recognition and responsibility of the Uighur people are of paramount importance.

Apr 10, 2019

Human rights defender Serikzhan Bilash has been under house arrest since 10 March. He is the leader of the human rights organisation Atajurt, which exposes human rights violations against ethnic Kazakhs in China.

Abduljelil Turan, 60, stands outside his Uyghur-language publishing house and bookstore in Istanbul.  (Photo: Durrie Bouscaren)
Apr 10, 2019

Far from the reach of the Chinese government, Uyghur booksellers are protecting their language from being erased.

Supporters gather at a rally in Washington calling on the Trump administration to take action against China for repressive policies in Xinjiang, April 6, 2019. RFA
Apr 9, 2019

Those gathered urge Washington to move beyond words to ‘concrete action.’

(L-r) James Clad, Ilshat Hassan and Alim Seytoff speak on Uyghurs and the Xinjiang crisis. (Staff Photo Phil Pasquini)
Apr 9, 2019

The Central Asia–Caucasus Institute (CACI) hosted a March 26 forum at Washington, DC’s Middle East Institute on “The Xinjiang Crisis and the Rest of Central Asia: Impacts and Responses.”

President Xi Jinping of China, third from left, meeting in February with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, fourth from right, in Beijing. Credit Credit Pool photo by How Hwee Young
Apr 9, 2019

In the opulent halls of the Emirates Palace hotel, a seat of power in Abu Dhabi where 114 domes decorate the vast rooftop, a delegation of about a dozen Chinese diplomats lobbied foreign ministers of the Muslim world last month.

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