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Ilham Tohti and his wife in a photo sent to RFA's Uyghur Service via WeChat on Jan 13, 2014, two days before his detention.

China is world's worst jailer of the press; global tally second worst on record

  • Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:30

More than 200 journalists are imprisoned for their work for the third consecutive year, reflecting a global surge in authoritarianism. China is the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2014. A CPJ special report by Shazdeh Omari

Three hurt in knife attack in China's Xinjiang

  • Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:23

Chinese authorities have arrested a knife-wielding man who injured three people waiting at a bus stop in Xinjiang, local media say.

A Uyghur woman wears a veil as she shops at a local market on August 2, 2014 in Kashgar, Xinjiang Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

From burqas to boxing gloves, China’s 75 tips for spotting extremist Muslims

  • Fri, 12/12/2014 - 18:00

Authorities in China’s restive western province of Xinjiang reacted this week to a growing threat of separatist and Islamist violence by banning women from wearing burqas in public in the regional capital.

Xinjiang’s first high-speed railway, which will be 1,776 kilometers long

China Tries to Bring Growth to Its Restless Xinjiang Region

  • Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:56

Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang in China, is a cold and forbidding place to visit in late November. The red and blue flashing lights of police vehicles are everywhere.

Abduweli Ayup (R) with his wife and daughter while studying in the U.S. in 2010.

China Is Said to Have Freed Jailed Uighur Linguist

  • Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:52

The authorities in Xinjiang, in China’s far west, have reportedly released from prison a Uighur linguist and poet who was jailed after he sought to open schools to teach children the native Turkic language of the region

Ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese Muslims pray together during Friday prayers at Yang Hang mosque in the city of Urumqi in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region July 17, 2009. SREUTERS/David Gray

China’s Urumqi bans Islamic veil, sparking rights concerns

  • Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:49

The capital of China’s far western Xinjiang has banned the wearing of Islamic veils in public, the regional government said on Thursday, in a move experts worry could spark more unrest in the troubled region.

Uygur women wearing full face veils in Xinjiang, where the practice is becoming more commonplace. Photo: Imaginechina

Xinjiang burqa ban could 'spark unrest'

  • Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:47

Authority's vote to prohibit the wearing of the Islamic garment in public could make it 'more popular as a symbol of resistance', expert warns

Abduweli Ayup and his daughter in a file photo.

Chinese Court Frees Uyghur Linguist Following Appeal

  • Thu, 12/11/2014 - 22:39

He had been jailed for more than a year for ‘illegal fundraising.’

A group of Uyghur women stand outside a mosque in Kashgar, in farwest China's Xinjiang region (AFP Photo/Carol Huang)

China's Ethnic Region's Capital to Ban Veiled Robes

  • Thu, 12/11/2014 - 22:36

The capital of China's restive western region of Xinjiang has introduced a law banning veiled robes in public amid measures taken by Beijing to curb Muslim extremism, authorities announced Thursday.

Worshippers leave the Id Kah mosque in Kashgar in northwestern China's Xinjiang region, Jan. 7, 2012.

Religious Extremism Law Imposes New Restrictions on China’s Uyghurs

  • Wed, 12/10/2014 - 21:19

Muslims in Xinjiang will be prevented from wearing religious garb the authorities believe is associated with extremism.

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