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Professors at the University of Medicine in Urumqi, Xinjiang, hand out melons to Uighur students during Ramadan. Photo uploaded to the private Wechat account of our Observer, Lin (not his real name).

China clamps down on Xinjiang’s Muslims over Ramadan

  • Mon, 07/06/2015 - 20:08

The Chinese authorities have been doing all they can to discourage Muslim Uighurs from fasting since Ramadan began. Free slices of watermelon were handed out in the middle of the day at Urumqi’s University of Medicine in Xinjiang, a region with a huge Muslim Uighur population.

Young and Muslim in China’s Tense Far West

  • Mon, 07/06/2015 - 19:01

Checkpoints at schools, confiscated passports, and no cell phones. Beijing is tightening the screws on Uighur youth in Xinjiang.

 Demonstrators set fire to a Chinese flag during a protest against China near the Chinese Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, July 5, 2015. Reuters/Osman Orsal

China says Xinjiang has no 'ethnic problem' after Turkey protests

  • Mon, 07/06/2015 - 18:48

China has no "ethnic problem" in its far west, and Muslim Uighur minorities there enjoy freedom of religion, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday, following anti-China protests in Turkey over Beijing's treatment of the group.

China called upon to end Uyghur repression

  • Mon, 07/06/2015 - 18:45

On the eve of the 6th anniversary of the Urumqi massacre, Uyghurs and human rights activists in the UK are calling upon the Chinese government to investigate the events of 5 July 2009, account for the dead and missing, and to end the continuing repression of the people of East Turkestan.

 Ethnic Uighur demonstrators, waving blue East Turkestan flags, set fire to a Chinese flag during a protest against China's Xi Jinping's visit in Ankara February 21, 2012. Reuters/Stringer

Turkey says to keep doors open for Uighur 'brothers', irking China

  • Mon, 07/06/2015 - 18:41

Turkey vowed on Friday to keep its doors open to ethnic Uighur migrants fleeing persecution in China, a stance likely to exacerbate Ankara's row with Beijing over its treatment of the largely Muslim, Turkic-language speaking minority.

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.