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 Authorities tear down a cross from a Protestant church in Dingqiao township in the city of Hangzhou, eastern China's Zhejiang province, Dec. 19, 2014.  Photo courtesy of China Aid

China Tightens Controls on Religious Activity, Targets Ethnic Groups

  • Fri, 09/15/2017 - 16:31

Strict new rules directly link alleged threats to state security with religious activity, making believers vulnerable, campaign groups say.

Security Officials Targeted in Call for U.S. Sanctions

  • Fri, 09/15/2017 - 16:30

On December 23, outgoing U.S. president Barack Obama signed the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act into law, allowing U.S. authorities to impose financial and travel restrictions on foreign individuals implicated in human rights violations.

Uyghurs arrive at the Id Kah Mosque for morning prayer on Eid al-Fitr in the old town of Kashgar in Xinjiang in June. Beijing says restrictions and a heavy police presence in the region seek to control the spread of Islamic extremism and separatist movements. Photo: AFP

China’s new campaign to instil official historical narrative in Xinjiang

  • Thu, 09/14/2017 - 15:52

Officials at high-level meeting told to address ‘several historical issues’ regarding the restive region through propaganda and training

Ilham Tohti

Rights groups ask China to stop detaining its critics

  • Wed, 09/13/2017 - 17:21

Human rights activists called on China on Wednesday to stop detaining lawyers and critics, voicing concern for their health and fate in custody after the death of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo attracted international attention in July.

Man Jailed for Providing Islamic Instruction on Tencent’s WeChat Messaging Service

  • Tue, 09/12/2017 - 17:19

The People's Court of China website posted the judgment of a court in Xinjiang which upheld a two year prison sentence for Huang Shike on the grounds that he violated China's Criminal Law when he used two WeChat (Weixin) groups to “carry out discussion and instruction of religious texts.”

UN rights chief Zeid treads softly on China's record

  • Tue, 09/12/2017 - 17:09

Speaking at the start of a U.N. Human Rights Council session today, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, tread softly on human rights issues in China including detentions of lawyers and deaths in custody.

A cemetery is built into the desert in China’s Xinjiang region, where the largely Muslim Uyghurs live. Uyghurs have faced heavy crackdowns from the Chinese government, which blames them for acts of terrorism.

Frontier injustice: Inside China's campaign to 're-educate' Uyghurs

  • Mon, 09/11/2017 - 21:02

Expanding on a playbook used to squelch dissent in Tibet, and employing Mao-era techniques of social engineering, China is systematically rounding up thousands of Muslim citizens in the far western Xinjiang region, Nathan VanderKlippe reports

An official notice from June 5, 2017 from a village in Xinjiang's Hotan saying that resident Lutpulla Atawulla has been sent to re-education school and that his temporary inability to repay loans should be excused.

China Runs Region-wide Re-education Camps in Xinjiang for Uyghurs And Other Muslims

  • Mon, 09/11/2017 - 20:30

Five categories of people held extrajudicially and isolated from families without having committed any crimes.

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12 Uyghur students released by Egypt

  • Mon, 09/11/2017 - 20:28

The lawyer representing more than 100 Uyghur students detained by the Egyptian authorities announced on Friday that 12 have been released. The others, added lawyer and human rights activist Ezzat Ghoneim, are expected to be released within the next few days.

Chinese soldiers participate in an anti-terror drill in Kumul, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, July 8, 2017. © 2017 Reuters

China: Free Xinjiang ‘Political Education’ Detainees

  • Sun, 09/10/2017 - 22:28

Muslim Minorities Held for Months in Unlawful Facilities

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