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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

Decoding China’s claims about Uyghur identity

Aug 13, 2019 - 6:55 PM

A new government white paper says Islam was introduced to Uyghur culture by force. Scholars and activists say the claims mark an attempt to rewrite history.

FAMILY? A propaganda mural in Turpan, Xinjiang, taken in 2017. The slogan, written in Chinese and Uyghur, reads 'All ethnic groups are family.' © Coda Story

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

China slams U.S. criticism of U.N. envoy's Xinjiang trip

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:29 AM

The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says the visit of Vladimir Voronkov, the United Nations under-secretary general for counterterrorism, was 'very successful'

VISIT. United Nations counterterror undersecretary general visits China, including a stop at Xinjiang region. AFP file photo

U.S. unhappy about U.N. counterterror envoy's Xinjiang visit

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:21 AM

'Such a visit is highly inappropriate in view of the unprecedented repression campaign underway in Xinjiang against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Muslims,' the United States says

MUSLIM CHINA. 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

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

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 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

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

China in talks over military base in remote Afghanistan – officials

Feb 02, 2018 - 2:22 PM

The army camp will be built in Afghanistan's remote and mountainous Wakhan Corridor, where witnesses have reported seeing Chinese and Afghan troops on joint patrols

MILITARY BASE? This photograph taken on October 7, 2017 shows Afghan Wakhi nomad families travelling on yaks in the Wakhan Corridor in Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. Photo by Gohar Abbas/AFP

Earthquake kills 8 in western China – report

May 11, 2017 - 1:46 PM

The shallow 5 4 magnitude quake struck south southwest of the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar

6.5 magnitude quake hits China's Xinjiang region – USGS

Nov 25, 2016 - 11:18 PM

UPDATED The quake hits near the Tajik border and approximately 172 kilometers west of the Chinese city of Kashgar

FOTO: Salat Idul Adha di Masjid “Jalan Sapi” di Beijing

Sep 12, 2016 - 8:08 PM

Masjid tertua dan terbesar di ibukota Tiongkok ini dibangun pada tahun 996 di masa dinasti Liao

MASJID SAPI DI BEIJING. Umat Muslim di Beijing tengah berada di luar Masjid Niuji di ibukota Beijing untuk merayakan hari Idul Adha pada Senin, 12 September. Foto oleh Uni Lubis/Rappler

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

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China adopts first counter-terrorism law

Dec 27, 2015 - 11:03 PM

The legislation comes as Beijing wages a hard hitting campaign to stamp out ethnic violence in its Xinjiang region and tries to tighten control over political dissent online and on the ground

US CONCERNS. President Barack Obama earlier raised with President Xi Jinping US concerns about the requirements. EPA File/Fred Dufour

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

Ketika membakar lahan dianggap kearifan lokal

Sep 16, 2015 - 3:03 PM

Selain penegakan hukum dan mengubah paradigma dalam menjerat pelaku pembakaran hutan perlu revisi atas rumusan pasal di UU No 32 2009

RUMPUT DISIRAM. Di kawasan hutan konservasi di Xinjiang, Tiongkok, rumpun pun disirami dengan teratur. Foto oleh Arfi Bambani

Tiongkok targetkan bangun 20.000 km ‘high speed rail’

Aug 07, 2015 - 10:15 AM

Pekan depan studi kelayakan pihak Tiongkok atas pembangunan kereta api super cepat Jakarta Bandung akan rampung Konsorsium BUMN Tiongkok bersaing ketat dengan JICA dari Jepang

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

Umat Islam Xinjiang: Kami bebas berpuasa

Aug 03, 2015 - 7:33 PM

Untuk setiap 300 umat Islam di Xinjing tersedia satu masjid Pemerintah Tiongkok membantu biayai sekolah untuk calon imam dan khotib Mereka membantu redam masuknya paham ekstrimisme dan radikal

Warga Muslim Uighur berdoa setelah salat Jumat di Kashgar, Xinjiang, Tiongkok, pada 24 Mei 2013. Foto oleh EPA/How Hwee

Report: Blatche status for Gilas in limbo

Jul 28, 2015 - 2:17 PM

Blatche s request to play for the Philippines has reportedly been denied by his CBA team

China restricts passports for Tibetans – rights groups

Jul 13, 2015 - 6:29 PM

According to a Human Rights Watch report in Tibet and Xinjiang inhabited by 10 million Uighurs officials use an older method for passport applications that requires more documents and sometimes political vetting

PASSPORT WOES. A photo made available on 23 November 2012 shows two old Chinese passports. File Photo by David Chang/EPA

At least 3 dead as 6.4 magnitude quake hits China's Xinjiang

Jul 03, 2015 - 12:56 PM

The quake is 20 kilometers deep according to USGS which initially gives the magnitude as 6 1 A series of aftershocks follows with the strongest measuring 4 8 it says

Blatche signs $7.5 million Chinese basketball mega deal

Mar 24, 2015 - 3:17 AM

The Gilas big man has signed a three year 7 5 million deal to remain with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Asociation

SHOW ME THE MONEY. Andray Blatche has signed a deal that will keep him in Asia for the next few years. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

Andray Blatche to sign richest contract in CBA history

Mar 21, 2015 - 4:13 PM

The deal though yet to be disclosed is reportedly going to be the richest in the history of the CBA and “possibly in overseas basketball”

Andray Blatche of Gilas Pilipinas set to have the most lucrative deal in the Chinese Basketball Association. File photo from FIBA

China convicted more than 700 for terrorism, separatism in 2014 – court

Mar 12, 2015 - 2:50 PM

China has vowed to step up punishment of what it calls violent terrorists and is drafting its first ever anti terrorism law

In this file photo, a paramilitary guard stands inside the Beijing No.1 Detention Center in Beijing, China, 25 October 2012. Diego Azubel/EPA

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

Andray Blatche tearing it up in China

Nov 17, 2014 - 2:41 PM

With Blatche playing as the team’s stretch power forward the Flying Tigers have looked mighty dangerous beating opponents by an average of 17 2 points

MAKING IT IN CHINA. After suiting up for the Philippine national basketball team, Andray Blatche is plying his trade in the Chinese Basketball Association with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. File Photo by Raul Caro/EPA

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

Man stabs 4 school kids to death in southern China

Sep 26, 2014 - 2:14 PM

A 56 year old man surnamed Shi rode a red motorised trishaw while stabbing the children

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

Blasts in China's Xinjiang kill two, injure 'many' – govt

Sep 22, 2014 - 1:14 PM

The blasts struck at least 3 locations in Luntai County in the region s south on Sunday including a shopping area the Xinjiang government s Tianshan web portal notes

Andray Blatche signs with Chinese basketball team

Sep 21, 2014 - 1:31 AM

Gilas Pilipinas center Andray Blatche has signed a one year deal with the Chinese Basketball Association’s Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers

Andray Blatche of Gilas Pilipinas will be playing pro ball in China this next season. File photo from FIBA

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

Chinese courts jail 32 in Xinjiang for terrorism – report

Jul 11, 2014 - 7:49 PM

The verdicts cover spreading terror related audio and video and organizing terrorist groups says state news agency Xinhua

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 sentences 55 in mass trial at Xinjiang stadium

May 28, 2014 - 1:49 PM

About 7 000 people and Communist Party officials in Ili prefecture attend the gathering which include public sentencing public arrests and public criminal detention