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Huseyin Celil and one of his youngest children in a photo taken shortly before his arrest in 2006.

Chinese official defends jailing of Uyghur-Canadian dissident Huseyin Celil

  • Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:37

A senior Chinese official is defending the imprisonment of Uyghur-Canadian dissident Huseyin Celil, calling him a separatist, and saying Beijing's continuing crackdown against the Uyghur minority is necessary to fight extremism.

New media platforms have challenged state-owned outlets and disrupted the once-centralised pipeline for news © Getty

China to tighten censorship of online news

  • Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:33

Clampdown on private platforms drawing readers away from state-run counterparts

Policemen stand guard near tourism advertisements, which authorities used to block off the road to the People's Intermediate Court in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi, in a file photo.

Uyghur ‘Political Criminals’ Jailed Without Trial in Xinjiang’s Kashgar Prefecture

  • Tue, 10/31/2017 - 20:40

Police say they are given blank verdict forms from the courts, which they fill in themselves.

Uyghur Muslim clerics targeted in China crackdown

  • Tue, 10/31/2017 - 16:26

Imams not complying with the Communist Party’s religious regulations in the Xinjiang region have been sent to political re-education camps.

Egyptian women walk near Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, July 14, 2016.

Nearly 20 Uyghur Students Unaccounted For Four Months After Egypt Raids

  • Mon, 10/30/2017 - 20:37

After being interrogated by a Uyghur official, the students went missing from Tora Prison.

How China is targeting its Uyghur ethnic minority abroad

  • Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:24

In a broad campaign to increase pressure on Uyghurs overseas, including those in Canada, Chinese authorities are using coercive measures on family members, recruiting people to spy and sending threats to get many from the ethnic minority group to return to China, Nathan VanderKlippe reports

Ablikim Abdureyim (R) poses with his siblings following his release from prison in Urumqi, May 31, 2015.  Photo courtesy of Rebiya Kadeer

‘More Than 30’ Relatives of Uyghur Exile Leader Rebiya Kadeer Detained in Xinjiang

  • Fri, 10/27/2017 - 18:55

The number includes 11 immediate family members, two of whom have served prior jail terms.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for a press conference at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Fujian province on September 5, 2017. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP.

‘More crackdowns, arrests, mass surveillance and censorship’: Activists fear further repression in Xi Jinping’s ‘new era’

  • Fri, 10/27/2017 - 16:14

When President Xi Jinping was handed a second term at the helm of the Communist Party this week, he said China had entered a “new era”. But human rights activists expect the same old crackdowns.

An elderly Uyghur man prepares to get his beard massaged at a barber shop in the city of Aksu, July 17, 2014.

Elderly Among Thousands of Uyghurs Held in Xinjiang Re-Education Camps

  • Thu, 10/26/2017 - 16:10

Reports of older detainees suggest authorities are casting a wide net to meet camp quotas.

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