China's tiny Muslim community provokes giant anti-Islam backlash

  • Fri, 09/08/2017 - 16:32

The flyer showed a restaurant takeout courier carrying two bags — one labeled "halal" for food prepared for Muslims and the other marked "majority food."

A Kazakh herdsman drives cattle and sheep in Xinjiang's Yining county, June 20, 2017.

Village 'Too Frightened to Talk' After Kazakh Man Dies in Chinese Police Custody

  • Fri, 09/08/2017 - 16:23

Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang deny reports from an ethnically Kazakh region that a man died in police custody on Eid al-Adha.

China says it is facing a growing threat from domestic cults and radical Islam but critics have accused Beijing of a broader pattern of harassment, detention and abuse. AFP

China tightens restrictions on religious freedom

  • Fri, 09/08/2017 - 16:21

China has tightened regulations on religious freedom, intensifying punishments for unsanctioned activities and increasing its supervision of certain groups in a bid to "block extremism" and tackle what it sees as internal threats.

China tightens regulation of religion to 'block extremism'

  • Fri, 09/08/2017 - 16:19

China’s cabinet on Thursday passed new rules to regulate religion to bolster national security, fight extremism and restrict faith practiced outside organizations approved by the state.

China’s Internet Crackdown Is Another Step Toward ‘Digital Totalitarian State’

  • Wed, 09/06/2017 - 16:23

President Bill Clinton once mocked attempts by China to limit free speech online. “Good luck,” he said. “That’s sort of like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall.”

Pro-democracy activists held portraits of the detained Chinese human rights lawyers Jiang Tianyong, background left, and Wang Quanzhang at a protest in Hong Kong this summer. Credit Tengku Bahar/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

China’s Rights Crackdown Is Called ‘Most Severe’ Since Tiananmen Square

  • Wed, 09/06/2017 - 16:00

China is systematically undermining international human rights groups in a bid to silence critics of its crackdown on such rights at home, a watchdog organization said on Tuesday. The group also faulted the United Nations for failing to prevent the effort, and at times being complicit in it.

An empty road runs along a construction site at a development called Shenzhen City, on the outskirts of Kashgar, Xinjiang province, on June 25, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Ghost cities haunt stability dream in far west China

  • Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:37

The future of economic development in China's far western Xinjiang region lies behind the shattered glass door of a welcome centre on the outskirts of the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar.

FILE PHOTO: Security cameras are attached to a pole in front of the giant portrait of former Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong on Beijing's Tiananmen Square, near the Great Hall of the People where the 18th National Party Congress (NPC) is currently being held, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

China seeks to silence critics at U.N. forums: rights body report

  • Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:35

Beijing is waging a campaign of harassment against Chinese activists who seek to testify at the United Nations about repression, while the world body sometimes turns a blind eye or is even complicit, Human Rights Watch said.

China’s Quiet Drive to Normalize Repression

  • Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:27

Leaders in Beijing have avoided opprobrium for appalling actions on their behalf.

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech in the Palais des Nations at the United Nations in Geneva, January 18, 2017. © 2017 Denis Balibouse/Reuters

UN: China Blocks Activists, Harasses Experts

  • Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:26

Beijing Should End Campaign to Weaken Vital Rights Mechanisms