July 2017

A Uyghur student sits at a restaurant table in Cairo while police detain others behind him.

Uyghur Student in Cairo Narrowly Avoids Arrest by Chinese, Egyptian Agents

  • Tue, 07/25/2017 - 22:26

Meanwhile, nearly 100 Uyghurs are being held by Egypt’s national intelligence service.

Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt [File photo]

Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt [File photo]

  • Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:55

-Azhar University Dean, Mohamed Al-Mahrasawy, confirmed yesterday that 70 Uyghur students had been arrested and their residency papers were investigated.

China Escalates Efforts to Shut Down Unauthorized VPNs

  • Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:50

In spite of an earlier denial, the Chinese government has tightened its grip on the Internet, stepping up efforts against netizens’ access to unsupervised connections, including those via virtual private networks (VPNs) halfway through its 14-month-long crackdown nationwide.

Xie Yanyi, one of the lawyers detained in the 709 crackdown. Credit Giulia Marchi for The New York Times

The Lonely Crusade of China’s Human Rights Lawyers

  • Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:40

As the global spotlight on the nation’s domestic policies has dimmed, lawyers for dissidents increasingly face a terrible choice: acquiescence or imprisonment.

Chinese police patrolling as Muslims leave the Id Kah Mosque after the morning prayer on Eid al-Fitr in the old town of Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

What is Jingwang? China's Muslim minority forced to install spyware on their phones

  • Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:31

The spyware has reportedly been developed by Chinese police and can monitor chats, SIM card data, Wi-Fi data and more.

The Uyghur Exodus?

  • Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:51

Surely, I am not a believer of the idea that history repeats itself. For this idea simply presupposes the existence of an underlying cause that necessitates repeated happenings of certain events in history.

File photo of a mosque at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, from which Uyghur students have been rounded up at China's behest.

China Detains 12-Year-Old Uyghur Boy on Return to Xinjiang From Egypt

  • Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:49

Hezritieli Memet has been held since February, when his parents were taken into custody.

East Turkestan: Uyghur Students Detained by Egyptian Government Face Being Deported to China

  • Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:53

In response to the Chinese government’s call for Uyghurs studying abroad to return to East Turkestan (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region), Egyptian security forces are rounding up Uyghur students in an attempt to deport them to China.

A personal communication device check point in Xinjiang via Twitter user 即时中国大陆映像

Xinjiang Residents Forced to Install Spyware on Phones

  • Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:23

At Global Voices, Oiwan Lam reports that residents in a district of Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, are being required to install the Jingwang (净网, literally “web-cleaning”) surveillance app on their cellphones.

Uighur children catch a ride with a sweet vendor in Yarkand during Ramadan last month.

China delete app: cutting edge of Uighur suppression

  • Fri, 07/21/2017 - 16:10

In a world first, the residents of Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang region, are required to ­install on their smart phones a new app that automatically ­deletes any material deemed ­subversive.