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Uyghur men pray in a mosque in Hotan during Ramadan, April 16, 2015.

Restaurants Ordered to Remain Open in Xinjiang Amid Ramadan Fast

  • Fri, 05/26/2017 - 13:58

A directive suggests authorities are trying to undermine Uyghur observance of the Muslim holy month.

Uyghur men gather outside for afternoon prayers at a mosque in Xinjiang's Kashgar prefecture, April 19, 2015.

Xinjiang Authorities Confiscate ‘Extremist’ Qurans From Uyghur Muslims

  • Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:47

All versions of the Islamic holy book published prior to 2012 are seized.

China expands DNA data grab in troubled western region

  • Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:32

Alarms raised over suspected efforts to collect massive numbers of genetic samples from citizens.

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during a high-level event in the Assembly Hall at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 18, 2017. © 2017 Reuters

China’s Rights Abuses Infect UN

  • Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:29

Global Body Should Do More to Protect Beijing’s Critics

A Uyghur man stands outside a mosque in Turpan, Xinjiang,in a file photo.

Uyghurs Forced to Undergo Medical Exams, DNA Sampling

  • Mon, 05/22/2017 - 20:35

More than 90 percent of Xinjiang’s residents received checkups over a seven-month period.

Podcast: For Central Asia, 'OBOR' Means 'China,' And All That Comes With That

  • Mon, 05/22/2017 - 20:29

China hosted an international conference for the ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) trade transportation network on May 14-15.

Ethnic Uighurs sit near a statue of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong in Kashgar, Xinjiang Thomas Peter/Reuters

China sparks human rights outcry by ramping up DNA testing in Muslim-dominated region

  • Wed, 05/17/2017 - 20:39

Police in Xinjiang purchase $8.7m of equipment to analyse genetic material from citizens, prompting fears of state security crackdown

WORLD UYGHUR CONGRESS ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT 2017

  • Wed, 05/17/2017 - 20:36

The World Uyghur Congress is releasing its annual report on the human rights situation in East Turkestan covering events of 2016. The report presents a detailed review of China’s actions in East Turkestan vis-à-vis the Uyghur population there and provides in-depth analysis of the most critical issues facing Uyghurs there.

China Expected to Expand DNA Collection in Xinjiang

  • Wed, 05/17/2017 - 20:27

The Associated Press’ Matthew Brown reports on indications that public security authorities are laying groundwork for the mass collection of biometric data in the Xinjiang region, leading to concerns over a potential lack of oversight.

China: Police DNA Database Threatens Privacy

  • Tue, 05/16/2017 - 17:43

40 Million Profiled Includes Dissidents, Migrants, Muslim Uyghurs

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