Commentary

Ilham Tohti with his wife Guzelnur Eli

Speaking to China: Why Europe needs unity on human rights

  • Tue, 12/09/2014 - 19:15

This week, the EU holds the latest round of talks in its ongoing dialogue with China on the issue of human rights. One obvious topic for the agenda is the case of Ilham Tohti.

Suspected Turkish migrants sit after being detained at a rubber plantation in Hat Yai district of Songkhla province southern Thailand Thursday, March 13, 2014. AP Photo

Repatriating Uighurs could come back to haunt us

  • Thu, 11/20/2014 - 20:48

Beijing's crackdown on the ethnic group is creating anger across the Islamic world; Thailand risks a backlash if it sends refugees back to China

More than 200 Uyghurs are being held at an immigration center near Thailand's southern city of Hat Yai's international airport after they were detained in a secret camp in a mountainous rubber plantation in Songkhla province on March 12.

Traffickers hit new lows

  • Wed, 11/19/2014 - 22:00

Recent attention has focused on the seemingly never-ending flow of refugees and distressed people seeking shelter in Thailand. The Chinese government on Sunday demanded that Thailand send more than 200 suspected Uighurs back home.

EU must act to stop China's crackdown on Uighurs

  • Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:57

China is tightening its grip on ethnic minorities and violence is escalating in the fight for autonomy, says Josep-Maria Terricabras.

Ilham Tohti

China Punishes a Scholar

  • Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:51

China’s repressive policies against Uighurs, a minority, were on shocking display recently when Ilham Tohti, a scholarly defender of his people’s human rights, was sentenced to life in prison for “separatism” — his entirely reasonable and far from violent criticisms of the central government.

The Price of China's Uighur Repression

  • Mon, 09/29/2014 - 20:08

Jailing of Ilham Tohti Will Radicalize More Uighurs

Security forces in a military drill in Hetian, Xinjiang. Photo: AFP

Chasing the jihad bogey in China's Xinjiang

  • Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:02

Australia was rocked this week by pictures of a seven-year-old Sydney boy holding up the severed head of a Syrian soldier.

Chinese police officers watch Muslim citizens who gathered at the first service held on May 2 after a deadly blast at the Urumqi South Railway Station in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

EDITORIAL: China's racial policy fuels cycle of violence in Xinjiang region

  • Mon, 08/04/2014 - 19:26

The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is an inland region in far western China that has a large population of Uighur Muslims.

Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer raises her fist during a protest outside China's consulate in Melbourne August 7, 2009. (Mick Tsikas/Reuters)

China must wake up to the Uighur problem

  • Mon, 08/04/2014 - 19:24

If Beijing is serious about tackling the issue, then it must first admit its role in creating it

China’s grim religious freedom problem

  • Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:10

While last month marked the 25th anniversary of China’s silencing freedom in Tiananmen Square, this month China has been cementing this grim legacy — particularly regarding religious freedom.

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