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China confirms Uighur repatriation fears

  • Wed, 08/05/2015 - 21:06

Uighurs forcibly repatriated to China from Thailand last month tried to resist getting on the aircraft for fear they would be executed, China has confirmed for the first time.

Some of the Uyghurs being held at an immigration detention center in southern Thailand, March 14, 2014.

Why Thailand Returned the Uyghurs

  • Wed, 08/05/2015 - 21:00

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees recently challenged Thailand’s repatriations of Uyghurs to China. This act, under international law could be termed refoulement, the return of a victim to their persecutor. Why would Thailand do this? The answer reflects both a long-term reality and a new political commonality.

Capitalism-loving disease: Xinjiang hidden HIV epidemic

  • Mon, 08/03/2015 - 13:11

Last January, one of Western China’s foremost HIV/AIDS advocates was arrested by the People’s Republic of China on charges of “endangering state security.” Human rights activists say no one has heard from—or about—him ever since.

Uyghur Terrorism: A Misnomer?

  • Tue, 07/28/2015 - 00:00

Conflating domestic protest with international terrorism is unhelpful.

Uighur women pray during a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on June 9. (Burhan Ozbilici/Associated Press)

Thailand’s move to return Uighurs to China is a massive moral failure

  • Mon, 07/27/2015 - 00:00
By Editorial Board
July 24

Do we have to be told what is terrorism?

  • Mon, 07/27/2015 - 00:00

State-sponsored torment of Uighur community in China’s western region is bound to trigger a backlash at some point from the repressed minority

Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, June 20, 2013.

Interview: Repression, Dubious Rendition of Uyghurs show "the Real China"

  • Thu, 07/16/2015 - 22:29

Exiled Uyghur leader urges international attention to ensure safety of Uyghur refugees stranded in Thailand and due process for those sent back to China.

Ramadan or Education: An Impossible Choice for China's Uyghurs

  • Wed, 07/15/2015 - 21:35

China’s policies force Uyghurs to choose between losing their cultural heritage and pursuing better living standards.

Wooing Islamists with a beer festival

  • Fri, 06/26/2015 - 18:50

China’s government wonders how to stop terrorism in Xinjiang. Try treating Muslims more sensitively


  • Thu, 06/25/2015 - 18:59

Teaching Uighur children in Mandarin will not bring stability to Xinjiang