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Uyghurs in Hotan

CHINA: Uighurs, the Under-Told Story

  • Thu, 02/12/2015 - 21:17

Who are the Uighurs and why have they become such an issue in East Asia?  Here is a simplified analysis – absent of ideology, cant and misunderstanding – that you won’t normally find in the mainstream news media.

Pu Zhiqiang, speaking to the press under close watch by plainclothes policemen, not pictured, at his office in Beijing, June 1, 2009.  Elizabeth Dalziel/AP Images

China: Inventing a Crime

  • Tue, 02/10/2015 - 19:35

In late January, Chinese authorities announced that they are considering formal charges against Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, who has been in detention since last May.

Is China Making Its Own Terrorism Problem Worse?

  • Mon, 02/09/2015 - 19:25

Beijing says radicalized members of its Uighur minority are terrorists with ties to the Islamic State and al Qaeda, but its repressive policies may be helping to fuel the violence.

A veiled Uighur Muslim woman stands at a market in Urumqi, Xinjiang province. The regional capital banned the wearing of Islamic veils this week. Mark Ralston—AFP/Getty Images

Why China Is Banning Islamic Veils, And Why It Won’t Work

  • Wed, 02/04/2015 - 20:36

This week, regional authorities outlawed Islamic veils from all public spaces in the regional capital of China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

A notice in Chinese from the Ceramic Factory Neighborhood Committee indicates that Arzugul Memet's residence was sealed on Aug. 16, 2013.

Policing Uyghur Women’s Religious Expression

  • Mon, 02/02/2015 - 18:00

Earlier this month, a ban on publicly wearing burqas, full-face veils and full-body coverings passed in Urumchi, the capital of the Uyghur region in China.

Central Asia: the view from China

  • Tue, 01/27/2015 - 20:17

China’s rise in Central Asia is not a new phenomenon. For the past decade, Beijing has gradually moved to become the most significant and consequential actor on the ground in a region that was previously considered Russia’s backyard.

Ilham Tohti

Silencing Uyghurs: A Family Affair

  • Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:56

In 2014, the Committee to Protect Journalists singled out China as the world's worst jailer of journalists.

Beijing's Xinjiang Policy: Striking Too Hard?

  • Fri, 01/23/2015 - 19:46

What the data reveals about the ongoing insurgency in Xinjiang.

Unrest in China's Xinjiang region

  • Tue, 01/20/2015 - 19:49

What’s at the heart of mounting tensions between the Chinese government and ethnic Uighurs?

Don’t make yourself at home

  • Tue, 01/20/2015 - 19:28

Uighurs and Tibetans feel left out of China’s economic boom; ethnic discrimination is not helping