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Arrests jump in China's Xinjiang amid crackdown

Sep 03, 2019 - 10:19 AM

One in 5 arrests made in China in 2017 took place in Xinjiang, although the region is home to just 2% of the country's population, data from the local prosecutor's office show

This photo taken on June 5, 2019 shows a "media interview area" set up near the Idkah mosque on the morning of Eid al-Fitr, when Muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan in Kashgar, in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. On the morning of Eid al-Fitr, the enormous square outside of the main mosque in Kashgar was cordoned off, with reporters forced into a "media interview area" on the outer edges of the square as worshippers filed into the mosque -- whereas in previous years devotees gathered in crowds outside GREG BAKER / AFP

China says Uighur award nomination is 'supporting terrorism'

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:15 AM

The European Court of Human Rights which will give the Vaclav Havel prize shortlists Ilham Tohti, an economics professor whom China sentenced to life in prison in September 2014 after being convicted of separatism

In this file photo, Ilham Tohti pauses before a classroom lecture in Beijing on June 12, 2010. Frederick J Brown/AFP

'Nightmare' as Egypt aided China to detain Uighurs

Aug 18, 2019 - 2:03 PM

Egypt and China sign a security memorandum focusing on 'combating terrorism' ahead of raids in Egypt in which Uighurs are questioned by Chinese officials

China says 'most' inmates in Xinjiang camps are out

Jul 30, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Alken Tuniaz, vice chairman of Xinjiang, says that 'most personnel who have received educational training have already returned to society and have returned home'

XINJIANG CAMPS. Alken Tuniaz, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Committee and vice chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, takes part in a press conference in Beijing on July 30, 2019. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Uighur leader urges G20 pressure to end China 'genocide'

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:19 PM

Rebiya Kadeer says strong world pressure is essential to free an estimated one million people, mostly ethnic Uighurs, held in internment camps in western China

REBIYA KADEER. Uighur democracy leader Rebiya Kadeer (C) speaks during a demonstration flanked by free tibet activists and Hong Kong protesters in Osaka on June 28, 2019 against a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong, during the G20 summit. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Wrecked mosques, police watch: A tense Ramadan in Xinjiang

Jun 09, 2019 - 12:52 AM

While Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan with prayers and festivities this week, the recent destruction of dozens of mosques in Xinjiang highlights the increasing pressure Uighurs and other ethnic minorities face

TIGHT WATCH. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag flying over the Juma mosque in the restored old city area of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Campuses not camps: China defends Xinjiang policies at UN

Mar 16, 2019 - 11:50 AM

China's vice foreign minister Le Yucheng says their 'training centers' are meant to educate and rehabilitate

UIGHURS. China defends their 'vocational training centers' from critics who say that one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic minorities are being held in detention centers in Xinjiang. File photo shows ethnic Uighurs at a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/ AFP

Xinjiang camps will 'gradually' disappear – China

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:13 PM

The chairman of the Xinjiang government says: 'Our education and training centers have been set up according to our needs. The students that come in to learn, it's a dynamic number that changes'

A Uighur delegate (C) attends the Xinjiang delegation meeting at the ongoing National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 12, 2019.  GREG BAKER / AFP

Missing Uighurs' kin demand 'proof of life' videos from China

Feb 13, 2019 - 4:49 PM

The campaign launches on February 12 under the hashtag #MeTooUyghur, after China released a video of a man who identified himself as Uighur poet and musician Abdurehim Heyit saying he was alive and well

#METOOUYGHUR. Screenshot from video at https://www.facebook.com/arslan.hidayat.12/videos/286904085333708/

China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet died

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:01 AM

The plight of China's Uighurs is closely followed in Turkey due to shared linguistic, cultural and religious links, and the presence of tens of thousands of ethnic Uighurs there

UIGHURS. In this file photo, Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

China's treatment of Uighurs an 'embarrassment for humanity' – Turkey

Feb 10, 2019 - 9:10 AM

Turkey calls on the international community and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres 'to take effective steps to end the human tragedy'

A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colours of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colours of the Chinese flag attends a protest of supporters of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority and Turkish nationalists to denounce China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims during a deadly riot in July 2009 in Urumqi, in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5, 2018. Nearly 200 people died during a series of violent riots that broke out on July 5, 2009 over several days in Urumqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in northwestern China, between Uyghurs and Han people. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

Muslim Pakistan says outcry over China detention camps 'sensationalized'

Dec 20, 2018 - 9:19 PM

Chinese authorities say the detention camps are 'vocational education centers'

China rights record in spotlight at U.N. review

Nov 06, 2018 - 1:39 PM

According to estimates, as many as one million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being kept in extrajudicial detention in China's fractious far western Xinjiang region

UN REVIEW. This photo taken on April 16, 2015 shows Uighurs riding through a sand storm, in China's western Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

U.S. criticizes treatment of Uighurs in latest China row

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:27 AM

The Trump administration also faces criticism at home and abroad for barring entry to citizens of several Muslim-majority countries

CONDEMNATION. US Secretary Mike Pompeo says millions of Uighurs may be 'held against their will' in so-called re-education camps subject to political indoctrination and abuses. File photo by Emmanuel DUNAND/AFP

China disputes UN report on Uighur discrimination

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:27 PM

'These comments... were based on so-called information that is yet to be verified and has no factual basis,' Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing.

UIGHUR DISCRIMINATION. Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region and asking for the closure of "re-education center" where some Uighurs are detained, during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

China denies internment of 1 million Uighurs

Aug 13, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Chinese authorities have long denied the existence of such camps despite mounting evidence from both official documents and testimonies from those who have been held in them

PROTEST. Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region and asking for the closure of "re-education center" where some Uighurs are detained, during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Muslims in China's 'Little Mecca' fear eradication of Islam

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Locals fear there is a deliberate move to eradicate Islam in Linxia, a deeply Islamic region in western China that had offered a haven of comparative religious freedom for the ethnic Hui Muslims there

LITTLE MECCA. This picture shows an ethnic Hui Muslim man standing in front of Laohuasi Mosque after Friday prayers in Linxia, China's Gansu province. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Bangkok bomb trial starts after months of delays

Nov 15, 2016 - 3:57 PM

The trial was delayed several times as the court struggled to find a suitable interpreter and rejected one provided by the defense

In this file photo, suspects in the Erawan shrine bombing in Bangkok last August 2015, identified by the ruling junta as Adem Karadag (C) and Yusufu Mieraili (back L), arrive at a military court in Bangkok on February 16, 2016. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Bangkok shrine bomb trial postponed due to missing translator

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:48 PM

The suspects sole translator is facing drug charges and is currently on the run – and the defense has been unable to secure a new translator in time

A woman worships to a statue of Lord Brahma, the Hindu God of Creation, at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, September 9, 2015. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

China restricts Ramadan fasting in Muslim region

Jun 06, 2016 - 8:10 PM

For years the ruling Communist party has banned government employees and minors from fasting in Xinjiang

epa04851605 Muslim devotees conduct morning prayers at the Niujie Mosque to mark Eid al-Fitr in Beijing, China, 18 July 2015. Muslims all over the world are celebrating the religious festival of Eid al-Fitr which signals the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

Indonesia says China wants Uighurs caught joining extremist group extradited

Apr 21, 2016 - 8:56 PM

The Uighurs were sentenced to 6 years each in 2015 for attempting to join the Islamic State linked Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen

Elite Indonesian anti-terror police from Densus 88 escort four Turks arrested on arrival at Jakarta airport on September 14, 2014. Bima Sakti/AFP

Two Chinese Uighur radicals killed in Indonesia – police

Mar 16, 2016 - 4:29 PM

The members of the mostly Muslim ethnic minority were killed in a shootout in the mountains on the island of Sulawesi

28 'terrorist group members' shot dead in China's Xinjiang – authorities

Nov 20, 2015 - 1:29 PM

The killings take place over the course of a 56 day manhunt following a deadly attack on a colliery in September

Police say local politics could still be behind Bangkok blast

Sep 28, 2015 - 8:44 PM

Strong speculation has also centered on a link to militants or supporters of the Uighurs an ethnic group who say they face severe persecution in China

File photo by EPA/Barbara Walton

Thai police seek 'Uighur' man over Bangkok bomb

Sep 12, 2015 - 8:23 PM

UPDATED Analysts have pointed towards a link with the Uighur minority from northwestern China s Xinjiang region but Thai police had – up until now – refused to confirm any such links

File photo by EPA/Barbara Walton

Polisi Thailand: Pelaku bom Bangkok warga negara Turki

Sep 03, 2015 - 11:18 AM

Aparat keamanan akhirnya sebut kewarganegaraan tersangka pelaku ledakan bom Bangkok Simpati kepada warga Uighur yang alami represi diduga jadi pemicu aksi terorisme

EXPLOSION. A general view taken from a moving train shows the scene at the Erawan Shrine after a bomb explosion, central Bangkok. Barbara Walton/EPA

Who carried out Bangkok's deadly bombing?

Aug 20, 2015 - 11:18 PM

Here is what we know so far about investigations into the blast which killed 20 people and wounded more than 100 at a crowded Hindu shrine in the Thai capital

Thai soldiers inspect the scene after a bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok late on August 17, 2015 killing at least 10 people and wounding scores more. Body parts were scattered across the street after the explosion outside the Erawan Shrine in the downtown Chidlom district of the Thai capital. AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL

Foreigner prime suspect in Bangkok bombing

Aug 20, 2015 - 12:17 AM

Police release a sketch of a young man shown on security footage walking into the shrine and placing a backpack believed to contain the bomb which detonated a few minutes later

EXPLOSION SITE. Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Thai forensic police officers on August 18, 2015, inspect the scene of the bomb explosion at the Erawan shrine in central Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Di Xinjiang, usia menikah untuk perempuan adalah 18 tahun

Aug 06, 2015 - 10:32 AM

Pemerintah Tiongkok tetapkan batas minimal menikah 22 tahun untuk laki laki dan 20 tahun untuk perempuan Status khusus membuat Xinjiang boleh membuat peraturan daerah yang akomodasi budaya suku minoritas

Batas umur menikah bagi wanita di provinsi otonom Xinjiang Uighur adalah 18 tahun. Foto oleh How Hwee Young/EPA

Indonesia jails Uighurs over attempt to join militants

Jul 13, 2015 - 6:25 PM

The mostly Muslim Uighur minority come from the northwest region of Xinjiang where the group say they face cultural and religious repression

Elite Indonesian anti-terror police from Densus 88 escort four Turks arrested on arrival at Jakarta airport on September 14, 2014. Bima Sakti/AFP

Thai embassy closed in Turkey after protest against deported Uighurs

Jul 10, 2015 - 2:53 PM

The temporary closure of Thailand s embassy in Ankara and consulate in Istanbul follows anti Chinese demonstrations that left furnishings damaged

PROTEST. A picture made avaliable on 09 July 2015 shows ultra Turkish nationalists protesters attacking the Thai Honorary Consulate-General in Istanbul, Turkey, late July 8, 2015. Photo by EPA.

Thai consulate in Istanbul attacked after Uighurs deported

Jul 09, 2015 - 5:59 PM

The attack is the latest in a series of nationalist tinted protests in Turkey during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan over China s treatment of the Muslim Uighurs in the northwestern Xinjiang region

UIGHUR MUSLIMS. A child of unknown nationality, believed to be of Uighur minority from troubled western region of China, sits in a police truck enroute to another temporary shelter, after being detained at the Immigration Police Office at the Songkhla province, Thailand, March 15, 2014. File Photo by Phuchiss Pirunla-Ong/EPA

Empat terduga teroris asal Uighur mulai diadili

Mar 23, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Empat terdakwa teroris asal Uighur pertama kali disidang karena dianggap terlibat pemufakatan jahat di Poso dengan kelompok teroris Santoso

Sidang perdana 4 warga negara Uighur yang ditahan di Poso karena diduga terlibat terorisme. Foto oleh Henry W/Rappler

Capital of China's Xinjiang to ban burqas in public – report

Dec 11, 2014 - 9:55 PM

Hundreds have died in ethnic clashes across the restive far western region in recent months with Beijing vowing to strike hard against violence

This file picture taken on on May 23, 2014 shows fully armed Chinese paramilitary police patrol a street in Urumqi, the capital of farwest China's Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/ AFP PHOTO

8 sentenced to die for attacks in China's Xinjiang – CCTV

Dec 08, 2014 - 6:21 PM

The sentences come as Beijing cracks down hard on violence in the homeland of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority

Students of Uighur scholar in secret China trial – lawyer

Nov 26, 2014 - 1:44 PM

Ilham Tohti s ex students face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty in a move seen as part of an effort to silence criticism of government policies in the far western Xinjiang region

In this file photo, Ilham Tohti pauses before a classroom lecture in Beijing on June 12, 2010. Frederick J Brown/AFP

Malaysia urged not to deport Uighur migrants

Oct 05, 2014 - 6:15 PM

Malaysia is not a signatory to the UN s refugee treaty but it is bound by international principles against deporting persons to places where they may face persecution

40 'rioters' killed in China's Xinjiang – state media

Sep 26, 2014 - 11:42 AM

Six civilians two police officers and two auxiliary police were also killed in the attacks in Xinjiang s Luntai county with 54 civilians injured according to Tianshan the regional government news portal

US, EU outrage over life sentence for Uighur scholar

Sep 24, 2014 - 1:13 PM

The decision was seen as unusually harsh and comes amid a broader crackdown on what the state claims is a terror backed independence movement in Xinjiang

In this file photo, Ilham Tohti pauses before a classroom lecture in Beijing on June 12, 2010. Frederick J Brown/AFP

China jails Uighur scholar for life for 'separatism' – lawyer

Sep 23, 2014 - 1:24 PM

UPDATED Ilham Tohti a former university professor and outspoken critic of Beijing s policies in the vast western region will certainly appeal the sentence handed down by a court in Xinjiang s capital Urumqi

In this file photo, Ilham Tohti pauses before a classroom lecture in Beijing on June 12, 2010. Frederick J Brown/AFP

3 condemned to death for 'China's 9/11' mass stabbing

Sep 12, 2014 - 1:34 PM

2nd UPDATE The March 1 carnage at a train station in Kunming saw more than 140 people wounded and was dubbed China s 9 11 by state run media

HIGH ALERT. SWAT police stand on patrol in Kunming's Intermediate Court in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province on September 12, 2014. AFP photo

Imam of China's biggest mosque killed in Xinjiang

Jul 31, 2014 - 11:52 PM

Xinjiang is home to China s mostly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority leading some people to believe the murder was planned

A general view of the Id Kah Mosque at dawn, with Chinese paramilitary police officers patroling the perimeter in Kashgar, western edge of China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

Uighur group says nearly 100 casualties in China clash

Jul 30, 2014 - 1:54 PM

Chinese state media reported late Tuesday July 29 that dozens of civilians and assailants were killed and injured in what it described as a terrorist attack in the region

Millions fled homes in 2013 due to religious conflict – US

Jul 29, 2014 - 7:54 AM

International Religious Freedom Report: In almost every corner of the globe millions of Christians Muslims Hindus and others representing a range of faiths were forced from their homes on account of their religious beliefs

DISPLACED. Refugees await distribution of food aid at a refugee camp for internally displaced persons at the Airport of Mpoko in Bangui, Central African Republic, 12 February 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

China says 13 attackers killed in Xinjiang assault

Jun 21, 2014 - 2:44 PM

The attackers reportedly drove into a police building and set off an explosion

China sentences 3 to death for Tiananmen attack – CCTV

Jun 16, 2014 - 1:49 PM

One other person is given life in prison for the violent terrorist attack that killed two tourists last October

ACCIDENT SCENE. Policemen walk past barriers and fire vehicles outside Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on October 28, 2013 after a vehicle crashed near the area. AFP / Ed Jones

China detains 29 Xinjiang 'terrorist suspects'

Jun 05, 2014 - 1:16 PM

The suspects face charges including inciting separatism and disturbing order in a public place according to the state run Xinjiang Net

China vows year-long terrorism crackdown after attack

May 25, 2014 - 9:49 PM

The campaign would last until June 2015 and is aimed at preventing the spread of religious extremism from Xinjiang to the country s interior

31 dead in attack on market in China's Xinjiang: Xinhua

May 22, 2014 - 10:47 AM

2nd UPDATE Explosives are hurled out of two cars as they plowed into people at a market

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China's dilemma in the Ukraine crisis

Mar 28, 2014 - 11:22 AM

What is currently unfolding in Ukraine is a multifaceted political disaster for the communist government in China

FLYING PROUD. Chinese flags fly over the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 13, 2012. AFP/Mark Ralston