Imam Knanat Ali stands outside the Prophet Muhammad Mosque in Almaty on Nov. 5, 2014. Ali has presided over the mosque for three years.

China’s Ban on Islamic Veils Sends Uighurs Westward to Pray

  • Wed, 01/07/2015 - 09:52

The Imam at one of Almaty’s biggest mosques gets busy around Ramadan when his Uighur “brothers and sisters” from China flock to the Kazakh city to pray, finding it increasingly difficult to practice Islam at home.

BBC visits China's Xinjiang province - home of the Uighurs

  • Sun, 01/04/2015 - 10:08

China says it is facing a growing threat from militant Islam and it is in the midst of a year-long crackdown on what it describes as terrorism driven by religious extremism.

Veil and prayer ban enter into force in China’s Xinjiang

  • Sun, 01/04/2015 - 09:53

The capital of China's restive western region of Xinjiang has introduced a law banning veiled robes in public amid measures taken by Beijing to curb Muslim 'extremists'.

Police patrolling near the site of an explosion in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region last month.

'The Government Is Watching Every Citizen:' The BBC Just Reported From The Most Oppressive Place In China

  • Sun, 01/04/2015 - 09:50

Kashgar is one of the hardest places in China for foreign journalists to visit.

  Nur Bekri, chairman of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, attends a news conference in Urumqi, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region August 19, 2010.  Credit: Reuters/Petar Kujundzic

China promotes governor of troubled Xinjiang to top energy post

  • Wed, 12/31/2014 - 09:03

China has promoted the ethnic Uighur governor of the troubled far western region of Xinjiang to the country's top energy policy body, Chinese media reported on Wednesday, but left unclear who would replace him.

China to designate sanctioned places of worship

  • Tue, 12/30/2014 - 00:00

The Chinese government declared on Friday that it intends to publish a list of approved religious venues in order to "root out" illegal religious activities.

China police fire on Tibetans after self-immolations: rights group

  • Mon, 12/29/2014 - 00:00

Chinese police have fired on Tibetan protesters demonstrating after a series of deadly self-immolations by people from Tibet campaigning against Chinese rule of their Himalayan region, a rights group said on Friday.

Suspected Turkish migrants sit after being detained at a rubber plantation in Hat Yai district of Songkhla province southern Thailand Thursday, March 13, 2014. AP Photo

Turkey's diplomatic steps save lives of Uyghur refugees in Thailand

  • Mon, 12/29/2014 - 00:00

Thanks to diplomatic actions taken by Turkey and the United Nations, some 300 Uyghur refugees in Thailand will not be sent to China, from where they had escaped and face death if they return.

Note to “The Diplomat” and Shannon Tiezzi: Uyghur is Not a Dialect of Chinese

  • Mon, 12/29/2014 - 00:00

In her Dec 24 analysis of a document designed to guide China’s future ethnic policies, China’s Prescription for ‘Improving Ethnic Work’, Shannon Tiezzi makes a reference to “local dialects”

Detained ‘Religious Extremists’ Mostly Uyghur Women And Children

  • Fri, 12/26/2014 - 08:24

Nearly all the members of a group of people detained by authorities in southwestern China near the border with Vietnam over the weekend are ethnic Uyghur women and children from China’s restive Xinjiang region, a source said Thursday.