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Syrians have been able to sustain their food culture in Istanbul, but smaller immigrant communities are struggling. Getty Images

Istanbul’s immigrant food cafes feel the pinch

  • Thu, 05/11/2017 - 20:47

Early on New Year’s Day, a sleepy immigrant restaurant in Istanbul’s Zeytinburnu district welcomed its most infamous guest. Hours before, Abdulkadir Masharipov had shot to death 39 revellers at an upmarket nightclub on the shores of the Bosphorus.

A mosque in Urumqi, Xinjiang. File photo: Max Pixel.

Xinjiang woman detained for sharing praise for Allah on social media – reports

  • Wed, 05/10/2017 - 15:47

New reports of repression against Muslim Uyghurs in China’s northwestern province of Xinjiang have emerged, as a woman was apparently detained for sharing praise for Allah on social media.

Uighur men celebrate Corban festival, also known as Eid al-Adha, Xinjiang province, China [Getty] Date of publication: 10 May, 2017

China's Uighur oppression runs deeper than Islamophobia

  • Wed, 05/10/2017 - 15:43

The Chinese state oppresses some of its Muslim communities while working closely with others. Beijing's restrictions on Uighurs are more complex than blanket Islamophobia, writes Usaid Siddiqui.

Uighur residents at a traditional restaurant in Urumqi

Uyghurs Studying Abroad Ordered Back to Xinjiang Under Threat to Families

  • Tue, 05/09/2017 - 21:12

Only Uyghurs are targeted in a move to investigate the political views of students studying abroad.

Uyghur men gather outside for afternoon prayers at a mosque in Xinjiang's Kashgar prefecture, April 19, 2015.

China Holds Ethnic Uyghur Woman For Reposting Quranic Verses on Social Media

  • Tue, 05/09/2017 - 16:36

The Quran is considered 'pretty separatist' by the ruling Chinese Communist Party, as are beards and full-length dark clothing, officials say

Syria Aims to Win Chinese Support with Exaggerated Numbers of Uighur ISIS Fighters

  • Tue, 05/09/2017 - 16:34

A spokesperson for the World Uyghur Congress has said that a Syrian ambassador’s claims there are 5,000 Uighurs, from China’s Western Xinjiang province, fighting in various Syrian militant groups is a ploy to gain Beijing’s support at the United Nations Security Council.

Uyghur Human Rights Activist Expelled from UNPFII

  • Mon, 05/08/2017 - 16:01

On 26 April 2017, Uyghur human rights activist and member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) Dolkun Isa, who was participating in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), was forced to leave the UN premises.

Uygur men stand outside the Id Kah Mosque after Friday prayers in Kashgar in July 2014. Photo: EPA

Why the Communist Party has created a new bureau for Xinjiang

  • Fri, 05/05/2017 - 15:50

Setting up office under United Front Work department signals this shift in decision making power away from government to the Communist Party

A Uyghur man dances for tourists in a teahouse in the old town of Kashgar, northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, May 27, 2016.

China's Tourism Industry Ordered to Monitor, Report on Visitors to Xinjiang

  • Fri, 05/05/2017 - 15:44

Visitors will be monitored for ideas that are 'damaging to China's reputation' and for 'taboo' questions and conversation topics.

World Uyghur Congress May Newsletter

  • Fri, 05/05/2017 - 15:42

The World Uyghur Congress has released its newsletter covering the month of May concerning our activities as well as the most prevalent issues concerning the Uyghur community in East Turkestan and elsewhere.

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