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The Human Face of the Free Expression Crackdown in China

  • Fri, 02/07/2014 - 18:09

What would you do if your publisher was detained after something so innocuous as delivering a can of paint to a friend?

Xinjiang Trouble Echoes in Kyrgyzstan

  • Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:39

A recent shootout near the Chinese border raises questions.

Photo by Paul Cochrane, Tiananmen Square.

China and Islam: The Double Edged Sword

  • Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:28

On 29 October, a Uyghur man, accompanied by his wife and mother, rammed his Jeep through the barriers at Tiananmen Gate, wreaking death and destruction in the symbolic heart of the capital.

Chinese paramilitary policemen take part in an anti-terrorism exercise involving local police, paramilitary, and militia forces, in Hami in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Increased security measures in Xinjiang are unlikely to stem from Uighur attacks. Source: PA

Increased security measures in China's Xinjiang province unlikely to stem from Uighur attacks

  • Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:58

Alleged ethnic Uighur militants set off two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Xinhe town, in the Aksu prefecture of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, on 24 January.

Uighur advocate Ilham Tohti chats with students following his lecture in a classroom in Beijing.

Advocate for Uighur Minority in China Arrested, Taken to Undisclosed Location

  • Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:52

Dr. Ilham Tohti, a Professor of economics at the Central Minorities University in Beijing was arrested after a raid of his apartment and materials in it.

Document - China: Uighur scholar taken from his home: Ilham Tohti

  • Thu, 01/30/2014 - 09:42

Ilham Tohti, prominent Uighur scholar and founder of the website “Uighur Online”, was taken from his home in Beijing by authorities on 15 January. His whereabouts are currently unknown. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Collateral Damage

  • Tue, 01/28/2014 - 16:19

The January 15th arrest of Ilham Tohti, an Uyghur, a professor, and an activist for the rights of the Uyghur people inside the People’s Republic of China, is a distressing reminder of the realities of truly independent political thinking in China.

Chinese military police ride past a Uighur woman on main street in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, July 2009. (Nir Elias / Courtesy Reuters)

China's Wild West

  • Mon, 01/27/2014 - 12:08

The Problem With Beijing's Xinjiang Policy

Freedom in the World 2014: China

  • Fri, 01/24/2014 - 10:19

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) general secretary Xi Jinping, who had assumed his post as part of a broader leadership rotation at the November 2012 party congress, was named state president by the country’s largely symbolic parliament in March 2013.

My Professor Ilham Tohti

  • Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:46

In the afternoon on January 15, 2014, China’s Minzu University Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti was taken from his home in Beijing by the police. nic reconciliation.