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Protesters shout slogans during a rally against Chinese government's policy. photo by AJe

Thousands protest China's fasting ban

  • Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:36

Thousands take to streets all over Turkey to protest China's alleged ban on Muslims fasting during Ramadan

A group of Uyghurs gather at the airport in Istanbul after arriving on a flight from Thailand, June 30, 2015.

Group of 173 Uyghurs Freed From Thai Detention Arrive in Turkey

  • Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:32

The women and children were part of a group detained for 15 months after fleeing China.

Uyghur men leave the Id Kah Mosque after Eid prayers in July 2014 in old Kashgar, Xinjiang province, China.

China criticized over Ramadan restrictions

  • Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:29

Some schools and local government agencies in China's restive Xinjiang province have adopted policies that critics, including the Turkish government, say prevent residents from fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Minority and indigenous communities turned off own land in growing numbers

  • Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:23

Violence, persecution and quest for natural resources driving record numbers out of rural areas and into cities, claims Minority Rights Group study

A group of Uyghurs gather at the airport in Istanbul after arriving on a flight from Thailand, June 30, 2015.

Uighurs find shelter in Turkey, avoid repatriation to China

  • Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:08

A number of Uighur Turks who had been detained in Thailand for over a year, pitting Turkey against China in a diplomatic tug-of-war, have been allowed to go to Turkey's central province of Kayseri after the Turkish government made intense diplomatic efforts on their behalf.

 Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking during an award ceremony last year, has overseen the passage of a new national security law that critics say could be used to exclude foreign invesment, among other things. Photo: Zuma Press

China: Scrap draconian new national security law

  • Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:04

The Chinese government must immediately repeal a new national security law that gives the authorities sweeping powers to crack down on and suppress human rights, Amnesty International said.

China upset with Turkey's concern on Ramadan restrictions

  • Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:00

China's Foreign Ministry denied restricting religious freedom on Wednesday in a sharp response to Turkey for voicing concern over reports that ethnic Uighur muslims had been banned from worship and fasting during Ramadan.

 Uighur labourers in Kashgar. Hundreds have died in violence in Xinjiang, where Muslim ethnic Uighurs are in a majority, in the past few years. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

China's military must help Xinjiang modernise, top army officials say

  • Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:57

Restive region where Muslim Uighurs are in a majority needs army’s help to develop its economy, according to article in Communist party magazine

The law was passed by 154 votes to none by the National People’s Congress in Beijing. Photograph: Rao Aimin/Xinhua Press/Corbis

China passes new national security law extending control over internet

  • Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:56

Officials say increasingly severe national security situation necessitates the law, which has wide-ranging powers but few exact details

 China's Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing April 10, 2012. Reuters/Kazuhiro Ibuki/Pool

Turkey says concerned over China's Ramadan bans on Uighurs

  • Tue, 06/30/2015 - 21:04

Turkey told Beijing on Tuesday it was worried over reports Uighur people had been banned from worship and fasting during the holy month of Ramadan in China's far western region of Xinjiang, the foreign ministry said.

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