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Two ethnic Uyghur women pass Chinese paramilitary policemen. (Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

Surrealism Abounds in China’s Uyghur Crackdown

  • Wed, 05/03/2017 - 17:08

Mounting Islamophobia in the West has emboldened Beijing’s repression of Uyghur human rights.

Part of the list of banned ethnic minority names in Xinjiang.

Why is China Banning Baby Names and Beards in Xinjiang?

  • Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:07

Crucial to understanding China’s recent moves in the region is a piece of legislation that quietly took effect on April 1.

USCIRF Releases 2017 Annual Report

  • Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:48

Today the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2017 Annual Report on the state of religious freedom in selected countries.

Imagining Re-Engineered Muslims in Northwest China

  • Fri, 04/21/2017 - 17:43

By Darren Byler

APRIL 20, 2017


  • Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:18

By taking over Xinjiang, communist China controlled the western borders of the Middle Kingdom, access trade with Central Asia, block any possibility of Soviet advance, and come in contact with Indian frontiers

EU-China Strategic Dialogue and Human Rights

  • Wed, 04/19/2017 - 15:59

We write on the occasion of your visit to China on 19 April for the 7th European Union-China Strategic Dialogue to urge that you speak both publicly and privately about the deteriorating human rights situation in China. 

China’s Other Religious Exiles

  • Mon, 04/17/2017 - 16:55

In the West, Xinjiang lacks Tibet’s luster. Here’s one reason why.

A Uighur woman walks past a statue of Mao Zedong, Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, July 31, 2014. Kevin Frayer—Getty Images

What Do Trump and Xi Share? A Dislike of Muslims

  • Thu, 04/06/2017 - 17:55

During the 1980s, as an idealistic, ambitious Uighur growing up under repressive Chinese conditions in the city of Kashgar, there was one nation to which I pinned my hopes for freedom and democracy.

When Marx Meets Islam

  • Mon, 04/03/2017 - 19:39

A Chinese regulation would prohibit online insults based on religion. Some decry it as antithetical to Communist values.

Does China have itself to blame for the trans-nationalisation of Uyghur terrorism?

  • Thu, 03/30/2017 - 15:53

On 15 February, three ’knife wielding’ Uyghur ‘terrorists’ attacked a residential compound in Pishan township, Khotan Prefecture, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), killing five people.