December 2017

In this Aug. 7, 2017 photo, a Uighur child immigrant sleeps in a resettlement community in Kayseri in central Turkey. As Uighurs flee a Chinese security crackdown in droves, they often end up caught in a tug-of-war between militant Uighur members of Syria-based Islamic groups and moderate leaders of the Uighur diaspora who plead with them to reject calls of jihad. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

AP Exclusive: China's Uighurs work to fend off pull of jihad

  • Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:28

On the outskirts of Kayseri in central Anatolia, the parched, rock-strewn hills resemble the southern swathes of the Uighur homeland in western China, but a fenced compound of five-story concrete towers represents Tumturk's vision of Uighur freedom — and everything China is not.

Li Aijie on her way to visit her husband, jailed Xinjiang rights activist Zhang Haitao, in Shaya prison near Aksu, April 22, 2017.

'I Just Left, Taking my Son With Me'

  • Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:20

The wife of a jailed Chinese dissident speaks to RFA for the first time since her 'covert' escape from threats and intimidation back home.

In this Nov. 5, 2017 photo, residents past by a security check point with cameras in Kashgar in western China's Xinjiang region. Image Credit: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

Uyghur Biodata Collection in China

  • Wed, 12/27/2017 - 18:16

Insights from Darren Byler.

FILE - In this photo taken July 17, 2014, Uighur residents gather at a road side stall in the city of Aksu in western China's Xinjiang province.

Stepped-up Surveillance of Uighurs Sends 'Relatives' into Homes

  • Wed, 12/27/2017 - 18:16

Authorities in Xinjiang launched what they call a new “relatives’ week” program this month, which requires local civil servants to spend a week with Uighur families in rural areas by the year’s end.

Supporters of Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che protested against his imprisonment in China for holding online political lectures and helping the families of jailed dissidents. Photo: AP

China must protect basic human rights

  • Tue, 12/26/2017 - 16:15

As the population becomes wealthier and better educated, people’s aspirations for civil and political rights will grow, and these must be met in order to avoid discontent and disorder

Residents on neighborhood watch look for suspicious activities in a village near Korla, in China's Xinjiang region, Nov. 2, 2017.

China to Punish 'Two-Faced' Uyghur Officials in New Reward Scheme

  • Tue, 12/26/2017 - 16:15

Tipsters are getting paid for info on ‘terrorists,’ as well as ‘disloyal’ officials and public figures.

A copy of the Book of Han is displayed at the Tianyi Chamber library in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, in a file photo.  Photo courtesy of Gisling

Historians Dismiss Chinese Claims to Xinjiang Based on Han Dynasty Literature

  • Fri, 12/22/2017 - 17:34

They say the claims lack evidence and are part of a bid to further exert control over Xinjiang.

A teacher instructs a class in Xinjiang's Bayingolin Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture in an undated photo.

China Ends Mongolian-Medium Teaching in Xinjiang High School

  • Fri, 12/22/2017 - 17:31

The move prompts a public outcry, with activists saying the government is trying to eradicate the ethnic minority group’s cultural identity.

FILE - In this file photo taken Sunday, July 5, 2015, Uighurs living in Turkey and Turkish supporters, chant slogans as they hold a Chinese flag before burning it during a protest near China’s consulate in Istanbul, against what they call oppression by Chinese government to Muslim Uighurs in far-western Xinjiang region. Since 2013, thousands of Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority from western China, have traveled to Syria to train and fight alongside al-Qaida, playing key roles in several battles. (L

AP Exclusive: Anger with China drives Uighurs to Syrian war

  • Fri, 12/22/2017 - 17:31

The Chinese interrogators held burning cigarettes to Ali’s face, tied him against a tree and beat him as they tried to get the Uighur farmer to say he took part in an ethnic riot that killed dozens in western China.

Armed civilians patrol the area outside the bazaar in the seat of Hotan prefecture, Nov. 3, 2017.

China Dangles Huge Payouts For Tips on ‘Terrorists’ in Largely Uyghur Hotan Prefecture

  • Thu, 12/21/2017 - 16:31

Spies can earn up to US $760,000 for info on planned ‘terror attacks.’