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A child looks out from a door as a Uighur woman walks by in a residential area in Turpan, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region October 31, 2013. MICHAEL MARTINA/REUTERS

Chinese Persecution of the Muslim Uighurs Could Drive Them to ISIS

  • Mon, 09/14/2015 - 19:24

BY ISABEL LARROCA 
​9/12/15 AT 1:37 PM

In this photo, dated March 14, 2014, suspected Uighurs from China's troubled far-western region of Xinjiang, sit inside a temporary shelter after they were detained at the immigration regional headquarters near the Thailand-Malaysia border in Hat Yai, Songkla. Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha

Global refugee crisis cries out for action

  • Tue, 09/08/2015 - 12:51

Now, it’s personal. Until last week the world’s migrant crisis was abstract, a procession of humanity as statistics. The 59.5 million people forcibly displaced by the end of last year, two-thirds of them uprooted from home within their own country.

Shohret Hoshur

China’s international efforts to silence free speech

  • Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:25

THE CHINESE government has sent covert law enforcement agents to the United States to intimidate expatriates into returning to China, the New York Times recently reported. 

Turkish nationalists fight over the burning a Chinese flag, during a protest to denounce China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims, in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5. (Photo AFP / OZAN KOSE)

Understanding the plight of the Uighurs

  • Fri, 07/17/2015 - 13:57

It’s known by the evocative term “refoulement” — the returning of refugees to the country whence they have escaped to avoid persecution that can involve violence, torture imprisonment and even death.

Disdain for International Human Rights Standards Causes Uyghurs to Flee China, the Same Contempt Forcibly Returns Them

  • Thu, 07/16/2015 - 22:33

On July 8, the Thai government forcibly returned 109 Uyghur refugees to China. By delivering these individuals into the hands of their persecutors, Thailand contravened international law.

Few admirers of Thailand’s sorry role in Uighur saga

  • Mon, 07/13/2015 - 18:46

After a barrage of condemnation from the United States, the European Union, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and a host of human rights groups, over the Thai government’s "forced deportation" of 109 Uighur men back to China, Beijing has come to Thailand's rescue.

Uighur men making their way to the Id Kah mosque for afternoon prayers [Getty]

China's illusion of harmony

  • Tue, 06/23/2015 - 21:14

China's recent crackdown on its Muslim minority population will deepen resentment and further radicalisation.

Shohret Hoshur, Washington-based reporter for Radio Free Asia. Chinese authorities have arrested Mr. Hoshur’s three brothers. (Smith Augustin Jr. /Radio Free Asia/Courtesy of Smith Augustin Jr. /Radio Free Asia)

China exports repression beyond its borders

  • Tue, 06/09/2015 - 23:13

IT IS common for tyrants to claim that human rights are an “internal matter” and should not concern outsiders.

China’s silk road to nowhere?

  • Sat, 05/16/2015 - 08:53

Since 2013, China has been hyping its New Silk Road project. It launched a massive public relations campaign – which even held out the prospect of “Silk Road Tourism” – to turn the idea of a global transportation network into an incentive to cooperate with China and an expression of an Asian “community of destiny”.

The Uyghurs’ Plight: Lessons about China

  • Wed, 04/22/2015 - 19:38

One of the government propaganda murals recently painted on walls next to a mosque in the Chinese Silk Road district of Kashgar portrays knife-wielding Uyghurs clad in black being crushed by a steamroller sporting the Chinese flag.

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