Policemen patrol as a woman walks past in front of a court, where a trial of suspects of the Kunming railway station attack is taking place, in Kunming, Yunnan province September 12, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Wong Campion

China's top judge urges swift, severe sentences in Xinjiang

  • Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:36

China must crack down "harshly and quickly" on cases involving terror attacks, national security and social stability in its restive region of Xinjiang, the country's top judge said, in comments likely to further worry rights groups and exiles.

Fully armed Chinese paramilitary police officers stand guard along a street in Urumqi, May 23, 2014.

China Tightens Security Ahead of Christmas, New Year in Xinjiang

  • Thu, 12/18/2014 - 19:38

Fresh volunteers and police are being deployed to busy locations and mosques ahead of the holiday season.

Uyghurs Face Seizure of Land, Personal Property Under Tough New Rules

  • Thu, 12/18/2014 - 19:32

Failure to respond to police summons could lead to a string of forfeitures under fresh crackdown in Hotan county.

Chinese paramilitary police block photographers as they man a checkpoint on the road to the riot-hit Uigur town of Lukqun. Photo: AFP

China Gets Even Colder for Reporters

  • Thu, 12/18/2014 - 19:29

For foreign journalists in the Chinese capital, the end of the year brings the usual swirl of holiday parties, talk of escaping the bracing cold for the warmer climes of Southeast Asia and one inevitable question: Did you get your new visa yet?

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.

China is world's worst jailer of the press; global tally second worst on record

  • Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:30

More than 200 journalists are imprisoned for their work for the third consecutive year, reflecting a global surge in authoritarianism. China is the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2014. A CPJ special report by Shazdeh Omari

Three hurt in knife attack in China's Xinjiang

  • Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:23

Chinese authorities have arrested a knife-wielding man who injured three people waiting at a bus stop in Xinjiang, local media say.

A Uyghur woman wears a veil as she shops at a local market on August 2, 2014 in Kashgar, Xinjiang Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

From burqas to boxing gloves, China’s 75 tips for spotting extremist Muslims

  • Fri, 12/12/2014 - 18:00

Authorities in China’s restive western province of Xinjiang reacted this week to a growing threat of separatist and Islamist violence by banning women from wearing burqas in public in the regional capital.

Xinjiang’s first high-speed railway, which will be 1,776 kilometers long

China Tries to Bring Growth to Its Restless Xinjiang Region

  • Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:56

Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang in China, is a cold and forbidding place to visit in late November. The red and blue flashing lights of police vehicles are everywhere.

Abduweli Ayup (R) with his wife and daughter while studying in the U.S. in 2010.

China Is Said to Have Freed Jailed Uighur Linguist

  • Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:52

The authorities in Xinjiang, in China’s far west, have reportedly released from prison a Uighur linguist and poet who was jailed after he sought to open schools to teach children the native Turkic language of the region

Ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese Muslims pray together during Friday prayers at Yang Hang mosque in the city of Urumqi in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region July 17, 2009. SREUTERS/David Gray

China’s Urumqi bans Islamic veil, sparking rights concerns

  • Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:49

The capital of China’s far western Xinjiang has banned the wearing of Islamic veils in public, the regional government said on Thursday, in a move experts worry could spark more unrest in the troubled region.