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Alim Seytoff is speaking at a meeting on May 29, 2013.

China and the Uyghurs

  • Tue, 11/19/2013 - 22:21

An Uyghur leader talks about last month’s incident in Tiananmen Square and the plight of his people.

Uighur women defy China's government by continuing to wear tiny Taipak hats

  • Fri, 11/15/2013 - 21:01

Rare photos reveal how the persecuted Uighur people defy Communist rulers with colourful veils, beards and tiny Taipak hats declared illegal by China's government

Why the Carrot Isn't Working, Either

  • Wed, 11/13/2013 - 18:04

The Chinese government thinks it can thwart unrest among ethnic minorities by raising their incomes. But prosperity doesn't buy loyalty.

Uighur jade vendors in foreground wait for customers at an outdoor curio market where Chinese police have been checking their IDs everyday since a vehicle attack in Beijing, Oct. 30, 2013.  Ng Han Guan/AP

China's Uighurs: Who are they, and why are they unhappy?

  • Mon, 11/11/2013 - 18:18

An audacious attack on Beijing's Tiananmen Square has cast attention on the ethnic minority that China often calls terrorists. That label does not apply to most Uighurs.

China’s second Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council convened on October 22, 2013, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Looking for Universality at China’s Second UPR

  • Thu, 11/07/2013 - 13:12

In a year of waning cooperation on human rights between China and foreign governments and international organizations, the 17th session of the Human Rights Council...

Human Rights, Snowden, and How Not to Get Hacked

  • Thu, 11/07/2013 - 13:07

The U.S. ambassador to China speaks to Foreign Policy.

Many members of Xinjiang's Uighur ethnicity use a unique time zone two hours behind official Chinese time. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

China Only Has One Time Zone—and That's a Problem

  • Wed, 11/06/2013 - 00:00

The Communist Party's decision to use Beijing time across the country, done to enhance “national unity,” has backfired in Xinjiang.

Children of the Uighur ethnic group play while cleaning outside their home in the old town of Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, 24 May 2013. (AAP)

Comment: Civilising China’s ethnic minorities

  • Tue, 11/05/2013 - 21:29

It’s time for fresh thinking by the Communist Party on China’s ‘ethnic question’, writes David Brophy.

Tightening the screws

  • Mon, 11/04/2013 - 13:30

“WE DON’T like them,” says a young man, referring to the small groups of paramilitary police deployed every 150 metres or so along Liberation South Road in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province

Armed police stand guard at Tiananamen Square in Beijing on October 31, 2013, following a 'terror attack' that left two tourists and three car occupants dead (AFP, Ed Jones)

What the Tiananmen Square attack reveals about China's security state

  • Fri, 11/01/2013 - 19:55

China blames a Uighur separatist group for the Tiananmen car attack this week. But that's highly unlikely, analysts say.