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For more than a year the authorities in Xinjiang have been campaigning against men growing beards. —Reuters

Islamophobia in China and Pakistan’s vow of silence

  • Tue, 03/31/2015 - 19:31

Recently, in a country that is decidedly not France, a Muslim man has been sentenced to six years in prison for keeping a beard.

FILE - Ethnic Uighur Muslims line up beside a police van in Khlong Hoi Khong of southern Songkhla province, Thailand, March 15, 2014.

Court Rules Suspected Uighur Family Must Remain in Thai Custody

  • Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:38

A Thai court Friday ruled that a family of 17 - suspected to be Uighur Muslims - must remain in custody until their nationalities are proven.

Human Rights Situations Requiring the Human Rights Council’s Attention

  • Wed, 03/18/2015 - 19:38

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America

A different tune – music, identity and resistance in far west China

  • Thu, 03/12/2015 - 20:30

Author Nick Holdstock explores musical traditions and pop sensibilities in Xinjiang, China.

‘‘Rahime’’-a short film by Mukaddas Mijit

  • Fri, 03/06/2015 - 19:12

In this particular time of human history, where cultural heritages, morality and brotherhood have been humiliated; a grandmother from a remote place sends a message of peace, respect and generosity.

Banning the Islamic Veil in Xinjiang and Terrorism in China

  • Sat, 02/28/2015 - 13:37

Last week, an article by Foreign Policy stated that the Chinese Communist Party played a crucial role in banning the Islamic veil in Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, because they have “drawn a direct link between veiling and radical Islam and even terrorists”.

Dispatches From Xinjiang: The Edge of the Bazaar, A Documentary About Uyghur Rural Life

  • Sat, 02/28/2015 - 13:29

One of the emerging trends among young Uyghur film directors is a new attention to documentary filmmaking. This approach has long been a part of Uyghur cinema, but previously it was often part of a larger public relations presentation sponsored by the Chinese Culture Ministry.

How the West Was Lost

  • Mon, 02/23/2015 - 20:22

It's not OK to call Beijing a counterterrorism "partner" if it simply legitimizes the government’s human rights crackdown at home.

Uighur Muslim men outside a mosque in the Xinjiang region of China. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: Middle Eastern Reactions to Rising China’s Uyghur Crackdown

  • Mon, 02/23/2015 - 20:15

This paper addresses the issue of China’s rise in the Middle East through the prism of the Uyghur and Xinjiang issues.

Sources of Conflict in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: History, Power, and Uyghur Identity Flux?

  • Mon, 02/23/2015 - 20:10

This commentary discusses the historical and contemporary conditions, underlying causes and future trajectories of the Uyghur conflict in the XUAR, China, and deals with issues of ethnicity, identity, religion, and nationalism in the context of the challenges within the region.