April 2017

Part of the list of banned ethnic minority names in Xinjiang.

Why is China Banning Baby Names and Beards in Xinjiang?

  • Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:07

Crucial to understanding China’s recent moves in the region is a piece of legislation that quietly took effect on April 1.

Exploitation Puts Ancient Well System at Risk in Uyghur Region

  • Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:04

Large-scale farming and oil exploration are drying out the area’s karez wells.

China diplomat in Pakistan changes Twitter name after 'Muhammad ban'

  • Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:01

Earlier this month, authorities in China's western Xinjiang province were reported as banning 29 Islamic names, including 'Muhammad'.

Shopkeepers line up with wooden clubs to perform their daily anti-terror drill outside the bazaar in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, March 24, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

China party urges Uighur youth to 'love motherland' to avoid 'terrorist' label

  • Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:51

Young members of China's Uighur Muslim minority should "love the motherland" and learn Mandarin to help fight a perception they are "terrorists", Uighur members of the ruling Communist Party said in state media on Thursday.

Outsourced to China: Confucius Institutes and Soft Power in American Higher Education

  • Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:48

Since 2004, the Chinese government has planted Confucius Institutes that offer Chinese language and culture courses at colleges and universities around the world—including more than 100 in the United States

Village Crackdown on ‘Illegal Religious Activities’ Nets Dozens of Uyghurs

  • Wed, 04/26/2017 - 21:20

Nearly 40 were arrested in the sweep, including several sets of siblings, an official says.

USCIRF Releases 2017 Annual Report

  • Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:48

Today the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2017 Annual Report on the state of religious freedom in selected countries.

Walking past a mosque in Kashgar, a city in China’s western region of Xinjiang. More than 10 million Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority group, live in the region. Credit Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

China Bans ‘Muhammad’ and ‘Jihad’ as Baby Names in Heavily Muslim Region

  • Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:40

The Chinese government, further tightening its grip on Muslims in western China, has prohibited parents from choosing names like “Muhammad,” “Arafat” and “Jihad” for their children.

Benned Uyghur names

China bans religious names for Muslim babies in Xinjiang

  • Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:37

List of banned baby names released amid ongoing crackdown on religion that includes law against veils and beards

A man looks through a window on the door of an operating room as his wife undergoes a caesarean section at a hospital in Shaya county, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region June 4, 2012. © 2012 Reuters

China Bans Many Muslim Baby Names in Xinjiang

  • Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:34

Absurd Edict Part of Growing Restrictions on Uyghurs

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