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File photo of a mosque at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, from which Uyghur students have been rounded up at China's behest.

China Detains 12-Year-Old Uyghur Boy on Return to Xinjiang From Egypt

  • Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:49

Hezritieli Memet has been held since February, when his parents were taken into custody.

East Turkestan: Uyghur Students Detained by Egyptian Government Face Being Deported to China

  • Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:53

In response to the Chinese government’s call for Uyghurs studying abroad to return to East Turkestan (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region), Egyptian security forces are rounding up Uyghur students in an attempt to deport them to China.

A personal communication device check point in Xinjiang via Twitter user 即时中国大陆映像

Xinjiang Residents Forced to Install Spyware on Phones

  • Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:23

At Global Voices, Oiwan Lam reports that residents in a district of Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, are being required to install the Jingwang (净网, literally “web-cleaning”) surveillance app on their cellphones.

Uighur children catch a ride with a sweet vendor in Yarkand during Ramadan last month.

China delete app: cutting edge of Uighur suppression

  • Fri, 07/21/2017 - 16:10

In a world first, the residents of Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang region, are required to ­install on their smart phones a new app that automatically ­deletes any material deemed ­subversive.

China’s ‘Great Firewall’ Now Deletes Messages in Real Time

  • Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:47

There is more than irony in the fact that Nobel Laureate Liu Xiobao’s death coincided with Beijing’s massive effort to clamp down on internet communication. It’s the end of an era.

A memorial to Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong this week. In mainland China, attempts to pay tribute to Mr. Liu, a Nobel Peace laureate, have met with censorship and arrests. Credit Vincent Yu/Associated Press

In China, Despair for Cause of Democracy After Nobel Laureate’s Death

  • Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:44

For years, the fiery band of activists pushing for democracy in China looked to Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Nobel Peace laureate, as a source of inspiration. They created social media groups devoted to his iconoclastic poetry. They held up his photos at rallies, demanding justice and transparency.

A Uyghur student sits at a restaurant table in Cairo while police detain others behind him.

Detained Uyghur Students Held by Egypt’s Intelligence Service

  • Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:31

Reports suggest the more than 200 Uyghurs are being interrogated ahead of deportation to China.

Police officers on patrol in Kashgar, China, checked the identification documents of passers-by in December. These two passers-by happened to be plainclothes policemen. Credit Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

Dodging Chinese Police in Kashgar, a Silk Road Oasis Town

  • Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:29

The five policemen in black uniforms surrounded the young man and his friend on the sidewalk.

File photo of a mosque at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, from which Uyghur students have been rounded up at China's behest.

Uighur Activists Say Detained Students Moved to Cairo Prison

  • Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:19

Egyptian authorities transferred scores of detained students from China's Uighur community to a massive prison complex in Cairo on Wednesday for interrogation alongside Chinese officials, students and activists from the ethnic minority said.

Letters on Egypt

  • Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:17

We write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America and its Committee on Academic Freedom to deplore the detention since July 3, 2017, of at least sixty-two Uighur students, citizens of the People’s Republic of China, studying in Egypt, and the deportation to China of at least twelve.

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