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The Brief: China’s Xinjiang police state

  • Wed, 09/12/2018 - 21:24

On this episode of The Brief, Thomas Cliff takes a look at the reality of life under government surveillance for Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province.

China: Massive Crackdown in Muslim Region

  • Mon, 09/10/2018 - 17:26

Mass Arbitrary Detention, Religious Repression, Surveillance in Xinjiang

Chinese policemen push Uighur women who are protesting at a street on July 7th, 2009, in Urumqi, China.  (Photo: Guang Niu/Getty Images)


  • Wed, 08/15/2018 - 21:01

Rights advocates suggest the president's hostile rhetoric and policies on American Muslims jeopardize his administration's ability to advocate against abuses abroad.

Soldiers and paramilitary police patrol during a pep rally for an anti-terrorism and maintaining stability rally in Xinjiang in March 2017.

China's crimes against humanity you've never heard of

  • Thu, 07/26/2018 - 20:47

I first visited Xinjiang, in northwest China, in July 2009, returning to Beijing only days before demonstrations in the region's capital, Urumqi, turned deadly.

How China Utilized Misinformation to Legitimize Repression in Xinjiang

  • Mon, 07/09/2018 - 21:07

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has long viewed the lands of Xinjiang as vital to its strategic interests. The region provides natural resources, and space for China to test nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles far from the prying eyes of the West.

Time to denounce China’s Muslim gulag

  • Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:41

One of the worst human rights abuses in recent times is occurring in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang. The Chinese Communist Party has rounded up possibly one million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities in purpose-built concentration camps where they are subjected to mental and physical abuse without legal recourse.

China’s Islamic Challenges: Perceptions and Realities

  • Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:00

According to official figures, China has about 25 million Muslims, about the number in Yemen and Uzbekistan, twice the number in Tunisia and nearly 50 per-cent more than in Syria.

Chinese soldiers march in front of the Id Kah Mosque, China's largest, on July 31, 2014 in Kashgar, China. Getty

China’s Uyghur Repression

  • Thu, 05/31/2018 - 00:00

In the name of combating Islamic extremism, the Chinese Communist Party has embarked on a massive campaign of harassment and detention of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang province.

China: Xinjiang, Agriculture and the Uighur Population

  • Thu, 05/03/2018 - 19:41

Xinjiang is an important region for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), both economically and strategically. The Chinese Government blames Xinjiang’s recent high levels of violence on Uighur extremists and separatists.

China’s Xinjiang Crackdown Continues

  • Mon, 04/02/2018 - 15:28

Even while Beijing pursues economic openness in the province, it’s turning Xinjiang into a security state.