Backlash: Ulghur worshippers at Friday prayer at the central mosque in Hotan. Photo: Sanghee Lee

Losing their religion: Desperate plight of China's ethnic Uighurs

  • Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:47

China's Uighurs are fighting back against religious persecution.

The Dream Team: Ilham Tohti, Uyghur; Tybetanka Oser, Tibetan; Ai Weiwei, Han. Beijing, May 19, 2013.

China: Uighur Economist at Risk of Torture in Detention

  • Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:33

Drop Charges and Release Ilham Tohti

University professor, blogger, and member of the Muslim Uighur minority, Ilham Tohti stands in a classroom in Beijing on June 12, 2010 (AFP/File, Frederic J. Brown)

Arrest of Professor Ilham Tohti - French academics react

  • Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:25

We have learned of the formal arrest of Ilham Tohti, renowned professor of economics at the Central Nationalities University

Ng Han Guan/AP - U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke was the first Chinese-American ambassador to Beijing and presided over huge growth in economic ties and rise in Chinese visitors to the United States. Locke, who is leaving China on Saturday, also has guided the U.S.-China relationship through some fraught incidents.

In parting remarks, U.S. ambassador urges China to improve human rights record

  • Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:18

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke broached some of China’s most sensitive topics in his last public appearance here, urging Chinese authorities Thursday to improve human rights conditions, repair rapidly deteriorating relations with Japan and address growing distrust of the party among China’s wealthy.

In this Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 photo, economist Ilham Tohti speaks to students at the Central Nationalities University in Beijing, China. He has been under arrest dozens of times over the past decade for criticizing how China runs his homeland and treats his people.

China denies detained Uighur professor access to lawyer

  • Thu, 02/27/2014 - 20:57

A prominent Uighur economist who has been charged with separatism in China's far western Xinjiang region was denied access to legal counsel on Thursday, his lawyer said, on grounds that the case involves "state secrets".

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

Uyghur Language Activist to be Tried in March

  • Thu, 02/27/2014 - 20:53

But little is known about the fate of his two business partners.

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Three Students of Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti Formally Arrested

  • Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:54

Chinese authorities inform their families of the charges against them.

An Uygur boy holds a placard with a photo of Ilham Tohti that reads 'Freedom to Ilham Tohti' during a demonstration. Photo: AP

Uygur groups condemn charge against academic Ilham Tohti

  • Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:41

Ilham Tohti charged with separatism, which can carry the death penalty

  Guzailai Nu'er, the wife of Ilham Tohti, speaks as she has an interview with Reuters by a phone from window of her house in Beijing, January 17, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Uighur professor could face death sentence in China: lawyer

  • Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:37

A prominent ethnic Uighur economist is unlikely to receive a fair trial and could face the death penalty after being charged with separatism in China's far western Xinjiang region, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

China slaps separatism charges on Uighur blogger

  • Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:34

Chinese authorities should immediately release a Uighur blogger and academic who has been charged with separatism after being held incommunicado and without charge since January 15, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.