Commentary

Illustration on the persecution of Christians as a human rights issue by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The bolder attacks on religious freedom

  • Wed, 05/03/2017 - 17:03

Faith, the most basic liberty, is threatened in more and more places

Karim Cheurfi, the gunman who opened fire on police on Paris's iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard Thursday night. AP Photo

Focus on faith misses drivers of extremism

  • Mon, 04/24/2017 - 15:48

Tackling the rise of extremist groups such as ISIL is an enormously complex task. It requires an understanding of the ideology that gains recruits, of the motives of its leaders and of the countries and communities in which it operates. And all of that is quite apart from the tactics of the military fight against the group.

Rebiya Kadeer (file photo). Author: United States Mission Geneva

“Government propaganda makes Chinese people think that Uyghurs deserve to be suppressed and killed”

  • Mon, 04/10/2017 - 19:22

Rebiya Kadeer is probably the best-known activist —at least in the Western world— of the Uyghur national movement.

A ‘people’s war’ against terror

  • Mon, 03/06/2017 - 15:34

It was February 27 when, outside the sprawling convention centre in Urumqi, Chen Quanguo declared a “people’s war” against an insurgency that Beijing has been finding hard to eradicate. 

Police patrolling near the site of an explosion in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Dec 2014

A heavy hand in Xinjiang

  • Mon, 03/06/2017 - 15:31

China has long had an uneasy relationship with the Uighurs, Muslims who constitute a majority of the population in the western province of Xinjiang.

Opinion: Don't shut the door to Rebiya Kadeer

  • Mon, 01/30/2017 - 17:00

Tsai Ing-wen can turn dilemma of Kadeer's visit into opportunity

Zhou Qiang, chief justice of China's Supreme Court, recently told provincial judges to resist Western ideals of judicial independence. (China Daily/Reuters)

In China, torture is real, and the rule of law is a sham

  • Fri, 01/27/2017 - 20:34

A NATION under the rule of law must have a commitment that no one is exempt from justice. China has courts, judges and lawyers, but the Communist Party remains above the law.

Commentary: Make religious freedom for all a top priority

  • Mon, 01/23/2017 - 17:48

As our nation commemorated National Religious Freedom Day on Jan. 16, marking Virginia's adoption in 1786 of Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom, we recalled the billions of people who live in countries where this fundamental right is violated.

Former chief secretary of the Hong Kong Civil Service, Dame Anson Chan.  Photo: Steven Siewert

The folly of an Australian-China extradition treaty

  • Wed, 01/04/2017 - 18:19

Dame Anson Chan was the chief secretary of the Hong Kong Civil Service under both British and Chinese authorities. She remains an experienced and knowledgeable observer of mainland politics.

Notice of requirement for residents to turn in passports issued by Ili authorities, April 30, 2015.

Xinjiang: Uighurs Grapple with Travel Restrictions

  • Wed, 12/28/2016 - 15:30

Ethnic Turkic-speaking Uighurs in China have long faced restrictions relating mainly to the practice of their religion, Islam. Now, under new regulations implemented last fall, their ability to travel apparently is being restricted, with residents of western Xinjiang province required to hand over their passports to police for "safekeeping."

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