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Jun 25, 2019

In spring 2009, a Uyghur intellectual came to the University of Hawaii on a prestigious Ford International Fellowship to start his graduate work. 

Aytursun Eli in an undated photo.
Jun 24, 2019

Aytursun Eli was targeted by police after she travelled to Dubai for her tourist agency.

In 2019, the Belgian-born visual artist and photographer Maxime Matthys travelled to Xinjiang in north-west China. His photographic series “2091: The Ministry of Privacy” is the fruit of his time spent in the region. (© Maxime Matthys ) Maxime Mat
Jun 24, 2019

Maxime Matthys is a Belgian-born visual artist and photographer. His work often explores the impact of technology on our everyday lives, seeking to make the invisible visible. In March, he travelled to Xinjiang in north-west China to pursue a project on mass surveillance, “re-education camps,” and the widespread human-rights abuses taking place in the region.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about the 2018 International Religious Freedom Annual Report at the Department of State in Washington, June 21, 2019.  @SecPompeo
Jun 24, 2019

The State Department condemned China and Iran on Friday for treating religious minorities as national security threats meriting surveillance, imprisonment and sometimes death.

A small Free Tibet protest with balloons is surrounded by Chinese flags. 2008 Olympic torch relay in Commonwealth Park Canberra . Photo: Graeme Bartlett, Wikimedia
Jun 24, 2019

Last week in Xiamen, Chinese Politburo Standing Committee member Wang Yang presided over a routine conference on cross-strait relations and the relationship with the Taiwanese people.

Image Credit: Illustration by Catherine Putz
Jun 24, 2019

June has been a terrible month for internet freedom in China. July may be even worse.

Jun 21, 2019

This separate section on Xinjiang is included given the scope and severity of reported religious freedom violations specific to the region this year.

Jun 21, 2019

The Human Rights Initiative at CSIS invites you to a public event on the mass detention and surveillance of Muslims in Xinjiang, China and the risks such technologies may pose as they are implemented in other areas of China and globally.

Jun 21, 2019

While many people are fortunate enough to reside in countries where the law permits the right of religious freedom, for the Uyghur Muslim minority in China’s far western region of Xinjiang, such liberty has been increasingly curtailed by the Chinese government in Beijing.

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