Xinjiang Law Bans Beards, Veils, Refusal of State Media

  • Fri, 03/31/2017 - 15:21

Lawmakers in Xinjiang this week passed the first region-wide legislation aiming to combat “religious extremism” in the violence-prone area, with a wide-ranging list of 15 types of behavior that as of April 1 will be banned. Reuters’ Christian Shepherd and Ben Blanchard report:

China sets rules on beards, veils to combat extremism in Xinjiang

  • Thu, 03/30/2017 - 15:58

China will step up a campaign against religious extremism in the far western region of Xinjiang on Saturday by implementing a range of measures, including prohibiting "abnormal" beards, the wearing of veils in public places and the refusal to watch state television.

A police force that reports to the Central Military Commission during an antiterrorism rally in Kashgar, in the region of Xinjiang, in February. China has rapidly expanded its military force in the area. Credit China Stringer Network, via Reuters

On State TV, Chinese Forces Storm a Compound a Lot Like Bin Laden’s

  • Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:54

The action-packed, prime-time segment on Chinese state-run television featured an elite police force storming a gated desert compound and sprinting toward a white, three-story house.

Roundtable discussion: “Forbidden to Move, Forbidden to Pray: The Plight of the Uyghurs in China"

  • Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:58

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), in collaboration with the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), will convene a conference at the European Parliament entitled “Forbidden to Move, Forbidden to Pray: The Plight of the Uyghurs in China”

Several nations concerned for widespread HR violations in Tibet: UNHRC

  • Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:50

The deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet was once again raised before the conclusion of the 34th session of the United Nation Human Rights Council by several nations, in addition to the European Union in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr Dolkun Isa, Member of UNPO’s Presidency and General Secretary of the World Uyghur Congress delivered a speech on behalf of UNPO.

EP Human Rights Subcommittee (DROI) Discusses Situation in East Turkestan

  • Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:49

On 22 March 2017, the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) held a hearing to discuss the human rights situation in the Uyghur region of East Turkestan - known in China as Xinjiang. 

Wang Yu

Human Rights Abuses in China

  • Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:46

Serious human rights abuses continue under the Communist Party-led government of China, according to the latest State Department Human Rights report.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (1st L) and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon (2nd L) attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Tajikistan section of Line D of the Central Asia-China gas pipeline in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, Sept. 13, 2014.

China Shelves Central Asia Gas Plan

  • Wed, 03/22/2017 - 16:10

A pipeline through Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan has been postponed "indefinitely."

Paramilitary policemen stand in formation as they take part in an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally, in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

China says number of 'terror attacks' is down, but threat remains high

  • Tue, 03/21/2017 - 18:47

The number of violent attacks by "terrorist cells" in China has dropped due to increased security measures, state media reported on Tuesday, however it also cited experts as saying the level of attempted violence remains high.

 The four Uyghurs, pictured in Bermuda several years ago. *File photo

Uighurs: applications under review

  • Tue, 03/21/2017 - 18:44

Applications made by three out of the four Uighurs living in Bermuda for naturalisation are being reviewed by the British Government, MPs heard yesterday.