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 Ilham Tohti

Lawyers Cite Procedural Violations, Await Decision on Appeal in Ilham Tohti Case

  • Mon, 11/17/2014 - 23:21

On September 23, 2014, a court in Urumqi city, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) sentenced Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti to life in prison on the charge of “separatism.”

More than 200 Uyghurs are being held at an immigration center near Thailand's southern city of Hat Yai's international airport after they were detained in a secret camp in a mountainous rubber plantation in Songkhla province on March 12, 2014

China Wants Uighur Refugees Back From Thailand

  • Sat, 11/15/2014 - 10:25

More than 200 refugees detained in Thailand earlier this year are believed to be Chinese Uighurs and should be repatriated, a Chinese consul said, dismissing concerns they will be mistreated.

Uyghurs Forced From Refinery Towns Are Left Without Mosques

  • Sat, 11/15/2014 - 10:08

They say Chinese authorities reneged on a pledge to build places of worship as part of a resettlement deal.

The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History

  • Thu, 11/13/2014 - 19:14

For 250 years, the Turkic Muslims of Altishahr—the vast desert region to the northwest of Tibet—have led an uneasy existence under Chinese rule.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a signing ceremony of bilateral documents during the APEC summit in Beijing on November 9. The two big powers are looking separately toward Central Asia to expand trade, economic, and political relations. (Photo: Russian Presidential Press Service)

Central Asia: Can China’s Silk Road Vision Coexist with a Eurasian Union?

  • Thu, 11/13/2014 - 19:05

There is a good chance that economic jockeying between China and Russia in Central Asia will intensify in the coming months. For Russia, Chinese economic expansion could put a crimp in President Vladimir Putin’s grand plan for the Eurasian Economic Union.

Suspected Uighurs from China’s troubled far-western region of Xinjiang rest inside a temporary shelter after they were detained at the immigration regional headquarters near the Thailand-Malaysia border in Hat Yai, Songkla on March 14, 2014. Two police raids in January freed a total of 636 people.(Photo: Reuters )

Fears for more than 100 suspected Uighurs who fled Thai custody

  • Wed, 11/12/2014 - 20:09

More than 100 migrants thought to be from China's Uighur minority have escaped from shelters in Thailand, with authorities fearing they have fallen into the hands of a human trafficking ring, an official said on Wednesday

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.

Nearly Two Dozen Uyghurs Jailed For ‘Illegal Religious Activities’

  • Wed, 11/12/2014 - 20:03

The prison terms range from five to 16 years.

Security officers stand behind the accused, wearing orange vests and standing in trucks, during a mass sentencing in Yili prefecture in northwest China's Xinjiang region on May 27, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)

22 Imprisoned in Crackdown on Extremism in Xinjiang

  • Wed, 11/12/2014 - 20:00

The authorities in Xinjiang, an ethnically divided region in northwest China, have imprisoned 22 people in a mass sentencing that included charges of rape, disturbing public order and “illegal preaching,” a state news media outlet reported on Tuesday.

An Imam calls on Muslim Uighurs for their afternoon prayer with a home-made iron loudspeaker on the roof of the Kuqa Mosque, the second biggest mosque in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, August 20, 2012. CREDIT: REUTERS/STRINGER

China targets 'wild imams' in mass public sentencing

  • Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:18

China has jailed almost two dozen people including "wild imams" who preach illegally in the western region of Xinjiang where the government says Islamists are waging a violent campaign for a separate state, Chinese media reported on Tuesday.

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's Uighur problem rooted in terrorism or racism?

  • Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:10

The Chinese government has blamed every major terrorist attack in the country in recent years on extremists from the ethnic Uighur Muslim minority.

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