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Apr 8, 2019

In the absence of international censure, China has stepped up its systematic persecution of Muslims, under the dubious pretense that it is fighting "terrorism" and protecting its economic interests. But more than just an attack on human rights, the crackdown is representative of President Xi Jinping's totalitarian ambitions.

In this Dec. 8, 2018, photo, Adilgazy Yergazy, a farmer, holds up pictures of his detained younger brothers at his home in a village near Almaty, Kazakhstan. The Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry says China is allowing more than 2,000 ethnic Kazakhs to abandon their Chinese citizenship and leave the country, a sign that Beijing may be starting to feel a mounting backlash against a sweeping crackdown on Muslims in its far west region of Xinjiang. Yergazy says two of his little brothers were arrested and taken to i
Apr 8, 2019

Uighurs, a Muslim minority group in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, are under duress from Beijing. Since early 2017, Chinese authorities detained between 800,000 to 1.2 million primarily Uighurs in political “reeducation” facilities.

Apr 5, 2019

Kaiser sat down with Nury Turkel, chairman and founder of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, at the recent Association for Asian Studies conference in Denver for an impromptu catch-up on the current crisis in Xinjiang.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosts/consoles his Kazakh counterpart, Beibut Atamkulov, in Beijing on March 28. (Kazakh Foreign Ministry)
Apr 5, 2019

Campaigners drawing attention to the Xinjiang detentions say Nur-Sultan’s public relations campaign is two-faced.

A 20-year-old Uyghur man poses in an Urumqi mosque. Aljazeera
Apr 5, 2019

The Chinese government is rounding up and interning large number of  Uyghurs – the Muslim ethnic group from the western Chinese province of Xinjiang.

Apr 5, 2019

On Parliament Hill, representatives from the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) raise concerns over China’s treatment of Uyghurs and Turkic Muslims. Between one and two million Uyghurs and Turkic Muslims have reportedly been detained by the Chinese government and put into indoctrination camps.

Former camp prisoner Omer Bekali wears chains and is overcome by emotion as he talks about re-education camps in Xinjiang, during a news conference of the World Congress of the Uygurs and the Society for Threatened Peoples, on March 11 in Berlin. Photo: EPA-EFE
Apr 4, 2019

As a member of the Uygur community in Norway, I would like to express our disappointment at the opinion piece from Norwegian politician Thore Vestby, titled “Why Europe shouldn’t fall for American hype against China’s belt and road plan”

Serikzhan Bilash, Photo: RFE/RL
Apr 4, 2019

The Kazakh activist Serikzhan Bilash was arrested in Almaty last month, and charged with extremism and inciting ‘inter-ethnic hatred’. The police later raided the office of his organisation, Atajurt, confiscated computers and documents, and sealed the premises.

Dolkun Isa, left, president of the World Uyghur Congress, and Mehmet Tohti, government co-ordinator for the Uyghur Canadian Society, stand on Parliament Hill after meetings with Canadian officials, on April 3, 2019. JUSTIN TANG/THE GLOBE AND MAIL
Apr 4, 2019

Activists are asking Canada to take a tougher line on Beijing by imposing sanctions on officials in China’s Xinjiang region, where members of the country’s predominantly Muslim Uyghur ethnic group have been placed in internment camps, and expedite the minority’s asylum cases.

Kamaltürk Yalqun, the son Yalkun Rozi standing in front of his dad'd photo at a exhibition in National Press Club, March, 2019. Photo: Kamaltürk Yalqun, Twitter
Apr 4, 2019

Zeynep Ablajan said she hasn't been able to speak to her husband, Yalkun Rozi, in over two years. He is a Uyghur scholar and textbook author who was detained in Xinjiang, China in October 2016. That was the last time she heard his voice.

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