A Kazakh man hangs a decoration on his door for Chinese Lunar New Year.  (Photo: ChinaAid)

Xinjiang forces Muslim minorities to break halal for Chinese New Year

  • Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:19

During celebrations for the Chinese Lunar New Year, minority groups of predominantly Muslim backgrounds in China’s western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are being forced to take part in traditional Chinese methods of celebration, despite conflicts with the Islamic faith.

Images in Red: Han Culture, Uyghur Performers, Chinese New Year

  • Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:03

While many people were watching and discussing the racial politics behind the use of black-face in a Chinese portrayal of African women during this year’s Chinese New Year gala, across Chinese Central Asia Uyghur women and children were performing another kind of ethno-racial erasure.

This picture taken on June 25, 2017 shows police patrolling in a market near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, a day before the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The increasingly strict curbs imposed on the mostly Muslim Uyghur population have stifled life in the tense Xinjiang region, where beards are partially banned and no one is allowed to pray in public. Analysts warn that Xinjiang is becoming an open air prison. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP)

China demands Malaysia send back Uyghur asylum seekers

  • Fri, 02/23/2018 - 13:41

Rights group warn it would contravene international law

Xinjiang University President Tashpolat Teyip (R) with unidentified man, May 16, 2014.  Xinhua News Agency

Xinjiang University President Purged Under 'Two-Faced' Officials Campaign

  • Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:11

Prominent geographic scientist Tashpolat Teyip is said to be "cooperating with the ongoing investigation” but details of his case are scant.

Uyghur Americans protesting in front of the Thai Embassy in Washington after Thailand deporting 109 Uyghurs to China in September 2015. RFA

Malaysia Talking with Thailand About Detained Uyghurs: Deputy PM

  • Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:07

Kuala Lumpur vows the action it takes “will not hurt the feelings of any country.”

Ethnic Kazakhs living in Xinjiang are shown in an undated photo.

Xinjiang authorities order villages to arbitrarily arrest at least 200 people

  • Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:05

Responding to orders from the central government, a county in China’s northwestern Xinjiang stipulated that 200 people in every village within its jurisdiction must be arrested as part of a “gang crackdown,” leading to the seizure of many innocent people from ethnic minority groups.

Uyghurs are returned to China by Thailand

Malaysia says in talks with Thailand over detained Uighur Muslims

  • Tue, 02/20/2018 - 18:57

Malaysia’s deputy prime minister on Tuesday said Kuala Lumpur was in talks with Thailand over the fate of 11 Uighur Muslims held in the country after escaping from a Thai detention centre last year.

Paramilitary police take part in a counterterrorism rally, in Kashgar, Xinjiang. Photo: Reuters

Xinjiang ‘separatists’ and Tibet’s ‘Dalai cliques’ – targets in China’s latest organised crime crackdown

  • Tue, 02/20/2018 - 18:46

Some provincial and municipal authorities include normally ‘non-triad’ offences in their plans to roll out the campaign

‘Gulmira Imin Must Not be Forgotten’

  • Fri, 02/16/2018 - 18:00

The Uyghur rights advocate and former web administrator is nearing the start of the eighth year of a life term in prison.

Screenshot of a segment from the 2018 CCTV Spring Festival Gala.  © 2018 Human Rights Watch

China State TV Celebrates New Year – with Racism

  • Fri, 02/16/2018 - 17:55

Every Lunar New Year’s Eve, hundreds of millions of people across China gather around their televisions to watch the Spring Festive Gala on CCTV, the state broadcaster.