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Ilham Tohti chats with students on June 12, 2010 after a lecture at the Central University for Nationalities in Beijing.

Family Visit to Jailed Uyghur Scholar Put Off Until March

  • Thu, 02/25/2016 - 21:32

Ilham Tohti’s wife says she will visit him in prison next month without her children.

People wearing costumes perform at a square during a celebration on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, October 1, 2015. REUTERS/STRINGER

China's Xinjiang to use entertainment, possibly singing and dancing, in terror fight

  • Thu, 02/25/2016 - 21:28

China's violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang will use entertainment to fight terrorism, holding cultural activities - which typically involve singing and dancing - to spread its law-enforcement message, state media said on Thursday.

Amnesty International Annual Report 2015/16 - China

  • Thu, 02/25/2016 - 21:26

A series of new laws with a national security focus were drafted or enacted that presented grave dangers to human rights.

Chinese dissident Hu Jia (L) with jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti's two sons, in undated photo.

Brother Denied Right to Visit Ilham Tohti, Moderate Uighur Scholar Sentenced to Life in Prison

  • Wed, 02/24/2016 - 11:11

Ilham Tohti, the renowned Uighur scholar who was sentenced to life in prison on charges of “splitting the country” has been denied visitation by his family over the Chinese New Year.

Chinese soldiers undergo training in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Defense spending in the Asia Pacific region is likely to increase due to China's military growth and territorial tensions. Photographer: ChinaFotoPress

China Tensions Fuel Acceleration in Military Spending in Asia

  • Mon, 02/22/2016 - 18:25

China’s military growth combined with heightened territorial tensions is likely to propel the Asia Pacific region to the top rank of military spending by the end of the decade, according to a report by IHS Jane’s.

Uyghurs protest at the Embassy of China in Washington, DC on February 5, 2016

Uyghur Human Rights Project Petitions China to Free Political Prisoners

  • Fri, 02/19/2016 - 18:00

Uyghurs across the world, except in China, joined in protest on February 5, 2016, to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Ghulja massacre.

A view of Shanghai in January. The Shanghai State Security Bureau is recruiting university graduates with skills in computers and ethnic minority languages. Credit Johannes Eisele/Agence France-Presse

Speak Uighur? Have Good Vision? China’s Security Services Want You

  • Fri, 02/19/2016 - 17:56

As Chinese college students return to campus after the Lunar New Year vacation, some may be fretting about their chances of finding a good job in a slowing economy. But those who speak Japanese or Uighur, have a “well-proportioned physique” and are not too shortsighted may be in luck: They could become state security agents.

Rebiya Kadeer, president of the World Uyghur Congress

Beijing's Hand Seen in Visa Issue Keeping Rights Activists Out of Religious Freedom Conference

  • Fri, 02/19/2016 - 17:50

Chinese and Uyghur activists will miss the first Asia-Pacific Religious Freedom Forum because they couldn’t legally enter Taiwan.

Lobsang Sangay, prime minister of Tibet's government in exile, walks with Sarah Sewall, U.S. undersecretary of State for civilian security, democracy and human rights, during a meeting in Dharmsala, India, on Jan. 15.  (Ashwini Bhatia / Associated Press)

Taiwan urges Tibetan exile leader and Uighur activist to stay away, supporters say

  • Fri, 02/19/2016 - 17:46

Taiwanese authorities asked a close ally of the Dalai Lama, as well as a U.S.-based activist for China’s Uighur minority, not to attend a forum on religious freedom in Taipei this week because their presence might irritate mainland China’s Communist leaders, the event’s sponsors say.

Beijing is banning all foreign media from publishing online in China

  • Fri, 02/19/2016 - 17:39

In the latest sign that China’s long-touted “opening up” is reversing into a “closing down,” a Chinese ministry has issued new rules that ban any foreign-invested company from publishing anything online in China, effective next month.

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