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Khalil Mamut has lived in Bermuda for more than seven years after he and three other detainees were dropped off after being transferred from Guantanamo prison.

For More Than 7 Years, Former Guantanamo Detainee Still Waiting for 'Home'

  • Wed, 10/19/2016 - 21:11

Bermuda may be the last place you'd expect to find a former detainee of the Guantanamo detention center, one of the most notorious prisons in the world, but Khalil Mamut has called the beautiful, scenic island in the Atlantic Ocean home for a little more than seven years.

An employee works inside a steel factory in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, March 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Xinjiang steel collapse casts shadow

  • Mon, 10/17/2016 - 19:45

As China has slimmed down its bloated steel sector, the western region of Xinjiang has felt the pain even more than the industry's heartland to the east, threatening efforts to develop a restive area that is home to the mostly Muslim Uighur people.

Zhang Chunxian. Photo: Simon Song

Destined for top or on his way out? Opinion split on fate of Chinese government official Zhang Chunxian

  • Mon, 10/17/2016 - 19:37

Zhang moved from Communist Party top job in Xinjiang region, prompting speculation over his future

Zhang Chunxian at the Great Hall of the People earlier this year when he was the Communist Party secretary of Xinjiang. Photo: Simon Song

Question mark hangs over future of high-profile former Xinjiang Communist Party boss

  • Mon, 10/17/2016 - 19:33

A question mark hangs over the future of a former Communist Party boss of Xinjiang with his appointment to a low-key group overseeing party development.

Uyghur boys play soccer on a street in Kashgar, northwestern China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, May 28, 2016.

China Expels Nine Uyghur Children From Soccer Talent Program

  • Fri, 10/14/2016 - 18:18

The program gets the go-ahead from Beijing, but is vetoed for 'security' reasons by state security police in Hebei province.

Thailand on March 15, 2014,  sentenced dozens of asylum seekers thought to be from China’s Uighur minority for illegal entry,

Last Uighur escapee arrested

  • Fri, 10/14/2016 - 18:15

A 10th Uighur man who broke out of the Nong Khai Immigration Centre’s detention facility in September was recaptured at a market in Udon Thani’s Muang district on Thursday night.

Ilham Tohti - Professor serving life in jail for fighting discrimination

  • Fri, 10/14/2016 - 18:11

Respected university professor Ilham Tohti worked tirelessly to build bridges between ethnic communities in China. He always opposed violence in his writing and lectures, and sought to encourage cooperation and understanding. But he’s been jailed for life – supposedly for stirring up ethnic hatred. He is a prisoner of conscience and human rights defender.

Why the Pen is Mightier than the Sword: European Parliament Conference Draws Attention to Ilham Tohti’s Nomination for the Sakharov Prize

  • Thu, 10/13/2016 - 13:44

On 10 October 2016, the UNPO in collaboration with the Ilham Tohti Initiative (ITI) and, held a conference entitled “Ilham Tohti and the Sakharov Prize: Courage in the Face of Brutality” at the European Parliament in Brussels.

China targets parents in new religion rules for Xinjiang

  • Wed, 10/12/2016 - 22:08

Parents and guardians in China's heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang who encourage or force their children into religious activities will be reported to the police, the government said on Wednesday while unveiling new education rules.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein attends a media briefing at the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland October 12, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

China angered as U.N. rights chief attends ceremony for jailed academic

  • Wed, 10/12/2016 - 22:05

China expressed anger on Wednesday after the United Nations human rights chief spoke at an award ceremony for a prominent Chinese academic jailed for life two years ago for campaigning for the rights of the Muslim Uighur people.