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Human Rights Abuses of Ethnic Minorities in China

  • Wed, 05/18/2016 - 23:09

Presented on Monday, May 16th as a part of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts Instant Issues Series in Springfield, MA.

A mosque in Turpan city in Xinjiang, June 27, 2013.

Chinese Uyghurs Detained in Turkey as They Attempt the Hajj

  • Wed, 05/18/2016 - 23:01

The use of possibly fake passports interrupts religious pilgrimage for about 100 Muslims from Xinjiang.

Nearly 100 Uyghurs From China Detained In Turkey With 'Kyrgyz Passports'

  • Wed, 05/18/2016 - 22:59

Kyrgyzstan’s authorities say they are investigating whether dozens of Chinese citizens detained in Turkey were holding Kyrgyz passports.

World Uyghur Congress 2016 Report on Human Rights Violations

  • Tue, 05/17/2016 - 19:01

The year 2015 continued the downward spiral in human rights protections for the Uyghur community living in East Turkestan (officially the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China) and abroad.

A court official reads a decision confirming sentence to a death row inmate.

China’s Average “Death Row” Prisoner Waits 2 Months for Execution

  • Tue, 05/17/2016 - 18:58

Though China continues to make liberal use of the death penalty—executing more people than the rest of the world combined—the Chinese public is less aware of “death row.”

China Pressures Europe to Stay Silent on Human Rights

  • Mon, 05/16/2016 - 15:02

China’s attempts to export its censorship and authoritarianism raise serious questions for all European countries.

China's Great Leap Backwards: Xi Jinping and the cult of Mao

  • Mon, 05/16/2016 - 14:58

With Chinese leader Xi Jinping doubling-down on the government's control of the people, the 50th anniversary of the revolution prompts citizens of China to look back on the faults and aspirations baked into the revolution, and how it impacts them now.

China is building a Muslim theme park to promote its state-sanctioned version of Islam

  • Sat, 05/14/2016 - 14:43

Since 1958, Yinchuan, a city 600 miles west of Beijing, has been the capital of the Ningxia region governed by China’s Hui Muslims. Now China’s leaders are spending $3.5 billion to turn it into a “World Muslim City,” replete with a mosque-like “Golden Palace,” Arabic street signs, and an elaborate light and dance show inspired by The Thousand and One Nights, that is, the version in which Aladdin was born in China.

Beijing Hits Speed Bumps Along the New Silk Road

  • Fri, 05/13/2016 - 00:00

Three years ago, Xi Jinping began touting China’s plans for a “New Silk Road,” a revival of the ancient trade network that started in the capital of Chang’an (present day Xi’an) and played a major role in developing the civilizations of China, Persia, the Indian subcontinent, Arabia, and Europe. 

UNPO Announces European Parliament Conference: Does China Want Real Ethnic Harmony? Professor Ilham Tohti in Perspective

  • Wed, 05/11/2016 - 19:52

UNPO, in coordination with the Ilham Tohti Initiative and the Society for Threatened Peoples, will be convening a conference entitled “Does China Want Real Ethnic Harmony? Professor Ilham Tohti in Perspective” at the European Parliament in Brussels.