A Uighur family walks by the Id Kah mosque in Kashgar, an ancient Silk Road oasis. There, Chinese officials have distributed about $640 million in microloans to women since 2011. Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

Uighurs’ Veils Signal Protest Against China’s Restrictions

  • Fri, 08/08/2014 - 22:59

Fond of denim and lace, fluent in multiple languages and proud of her success as an international business translator, Luna appears to be a model of the assimilated Uighur that the Chinese government is striving for.

Dispatches From Xinjiang: Celebrating Roza In A Time Of Fear

  • Fri, 08/08/2014 - 22:54

On Friday, the first of August, we woke up to the sound of an explosion in the alley. It was a deep resonate boom: not a firecracker, not a gunshot.

A Uyghur man passes an Olympics advertisement in Kashgar, Xinjiang. A Turkic ethnic minority, Uyghurs make up close to half of Xinjiang's population of 20 million people throughout China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Chinese city bans Islamic clothing on buses

  • Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:54

Ban applies to passengers who wear veils, large beards, three types of Islamic dresses

Xinjiang City Bans Beards, Islamic Dress From Public Buses

  • Wed, 08/06/2014 - 23:44

An overseas group calls the policy ‘racist’ against Uyghurs.

Seyit Tumturk, the vice president of the World Uyghur Congress.


  • Wed, 08/06/2014 - 23:42

The World Uyghur Congress has praised Turkey's call on China for a transparent investigation into recent reports of violence in Xinjiang's Uyghur Autonomous Region.

In One Xinjiang City, Beards and Muslim Headscarves Banned from Buses

  • Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:21

Karamay's clumsy policy is likely to fray nerves further in an already tense region.

Ilham Tohti and his wife in a photo sent to RFA's Uyghur Service via WeChat on Jan 13, 2014, two days before his detention.

Jailed Uighur Scholar Rejects China’s Separatism Charges as ‘Distorted’

  • Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:14

Ilham Tohti, the Uighur academic who is facing charges of separatism, has rejected the allegations that he was the ringleader of a group advocating the creation of an independent Uighur homeland in China’s far western region of Xinjiang, his lawyers said Tuesday.

Xinjiang Chief Signals New Curbs on Births for Minorities

  • Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:10

China plans to adopt the same family planning policies for all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, the western province’s Communist Party chief wrote in an essay, signaling further curbs for the Uighur Muslim minority.

  Uighur women stand next to a street to wait for a bus in downtown Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region May 1, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Petar Kujundzic

China bans beards, veils from Xinjiang city's buses in security bid

  • Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:08

A city in China's restive western region of Xinjiang has banned people with head scarves, veils and long beards from boarding buses, as the government battles unrest with a policy that critics said discriminates against Muslims.

New buildings tower over Kashgar's old town. Many Uighurs live in this district, where many old buildings have been demolished. (Los Angeles Times)

China imposes intrusive rules on Uighurs in Xinjiang

  • Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:05

Chinese authorities here want to know what you eat and when you eat it. How you style your hair, how you dress, and what songs are on your iPad or smartphone.