May 2016

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Repressive laws demonstrate unwillingness of Xi Jinping to embrace lessons of Tiananmen Square Massacre

  • Tue, 05/31/2016 - 20:55

Xi Jinping must meet present-day calls for democratic reform and freedom as embodied by the student movement of 1989

This photo shows a portion of the hand-written appeal sent by a group of Uyghurs held in a Thai immigration detention center, May 31, 2016.

Trapped in Thailand, Uyghurs Go On Hunger Strike in Appeal for Help

  • Tue, 05/31/2016 - 20:50

Refugees held at an immigration center say they would rather die of starvation than return to China.

Patigul Ghulam in an undated photo

Mother of Disappeared Uyghur Man Released after Two Years in Detention

  • Tue, 05/31/2016 - 20:48

Patigul Ghulam, detained after discussing her son’s case with RFA in 2014, was accused of leaking state secrets.

European Parliament Conference Launches Ilham Tohti’s Candidature for Sakharov Prize

  • Fri, 05/27/2016 - 18:13

On 25 May 2016, activists and specialists convened in the European Parliament to answer the question “Does China Want Real Ethnic Harmony?” during a conference focused on the unjust imprisonment for life of Professor Ilham Tohti, a renowned Uyghur economist and writer.

A file photo of Lei Yang

Dispatches: China Should End Deaths in Police Custody

  • Fri, 05/27/2016 - 18:11

The death of 29-year-old Lei Yang on May 7 while in police custody sparked a firestorm of criticism against the police across China.

gyptian protesters hold candles and a poster depicting slain journalist Mayada Ashraf in Cairo this year. This is the sort of action that the Committee to Protect Journalists supports. (European Pressphoto Agency)

Nations with poor human rights records block U.N. status for press-rights group

  • Fri, 05/27/2016 - 18:05

Countries with poor human rights records succeeded Thursday in blocking U.N.status for a well-regarded international press rights organization in what some diplomats see as a blow to free expression throughout the world.

Chinese soldiers patrolling the streets of Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, in July 2009, after a protest over a fatal shooting of two Uighurs in southern China escalated into riots that killed at least 197 people. Credit Diego Azubel/European Pressphoto Agency

Q. and A.: Ben Hillman and Gray Tuttle on Ethnic Unrest in Xinjiang and Tibet

  • Thu, 05/26/2016 - 21:56

Since violent ethnic protests and riots erupted in the western borderlands of China in 2008 and 2009, many scholars have been trying to pinpoint the sources of the unrest.


  • Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:55


Construction crews are building a metro line in Lahore, Pakistan, one of the first pieces of the new China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. (Shashank Bengali / Los Angeles Times)

China's dream of a new Silk Road runs into hurdles at its first stop: Pakistan

  • Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:22

“They keep saying this is a gift from China,” Rashid said. “All I see is destruction everywhere.”

Talk about Ilham Tohti

  • Tue, 05/24/2016 - 21:16

Marie Holzman, sinologist and human rights defender, talks about the Uyghur economics professor