Map showing location of Ili prefecture in Xinjiang

Xinjiang Residents Must Give DNA, Voice-Print For Passports

  • Wed, 06/08/2016 - 21:32

Police in China's Ili prefecture near the Kazakh border issue new restrictions on travel documents.

Suspects in the Erawan shrine bombing in Bangkok last August, identified by the ruling junta as Adem Karadag (C) and Yusufu Mieraili (back L), arrive at a military court in Bangkok, Feb. 16, 2016.

Translator for Uyghur Bombing Suspects Released from Jail: Police

  • Tue, 06/07/2016 - 19:06

Authorities deny allegations that they beat the Uzbek national while holding him for drug possession.

Xinjiang residents must submit DNA samples for passports, local officials say

  • Tue, 06/07/2016 - 19:03

Residents of a border district in China's mostly Muslim region of Xinjiang must now provide DNA samples when applying for passports, according to official local media.

IFC Statement on the Uyghur Hunger Strike at Thai Immigration Detention Facility

  • Tue, 06/07/2016 - 19:01

Initiatives for China has serious concerns for the well being of the imprisoned Uyghur refugees who have been on a hunger strike for six days in a Thai immigration detention facility.

A file picture of security forces on patrol in Xinjiang. Photo: Reuters

DNA samples required for travel papers as border area in China’s Xinjiang tightens immigration procedures for Ramadan

  • Tue, 06/07/2016 - 18:56

Region has been hit by series of attacks blamed on Islamist separatist militants

An elderly Muslim talks to a younger man outside a mosque before Friday prayers in Urumqi, capital of western China's Xinjiang region, May 23, 2014.

China Enters Ramadan With Round-The-Clock Surveillance of Mosques, Uyghurs

  • Mon, 06/06/2016 - 21:07

Seventeen Uyghurs are detained over 'pro-Ramadan' propaganda, an exile group says.

Communist Youth League of China held a “beer festival” and “beer competition” just before the start of the holy month, 2015

China bans Ramadan fasting in Muslim region

  • Mon, 06/06/2016 - 20:58

China has marked the start of Ramadan with its customary ban on civil servants, students and children in a mainly-Muslim region from taking part in fasting, government websites said as the holy month started on Monday.

Ethnic Uighur men pray at a mosque during Ramadan in Kashgar city, in Xinjiang province August 4, 2011 (Representational image).Reuters file

Ramadan fasting banned in Muslim-majority Xinjiang by China, restaurants to remain open

  • Mon, 06/06/2016 - 20:53

Ramadan began on a sad note in Muslim-majority region Xinjiang, home to about 10 million Uyghur (Uighur) Muslims, with a ban on fasting and other restrictions by China. The clampdown covers civil servants, students and children, reported AFP on Monday, citing government websites.

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015 China (in Uyghur)

  • Mon, 06/06/2016 - 20:12


Uyghur Muslims used to make up the majority of Xinjiang's population, and tensions have arisen between them and the now significant Han Chinese community.

China's Uyghur crisis: The hidden persecution of Muslims

  • Fri, 06/03/2016 - 18:25

China is widely considered to be one of the worst countries in the world for religious freedom. But while the persecuted Church often dominates the headlines in Western media, much less is known about the persecuted Muslim community in China's far-western corner.