‘I Asked Him About His Daily Life in Prison’

Radio Free Asia, 3 May 2017

By Qiao Long — The wife of jailed rights activist Zhang Haitao, a critic of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic group, was recently allowed to visit him for the first time in prison after he was jailed for 19 years on subversion and spying charges in January 2016.

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China’s Xinjiang Region to Use Drones to Enhance Border Security

Sputnik, 2 May 2017

Sputnik — The authorities of China’s northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region intend to use drones to patrol the region’s borders as part of the broader program to enhance security, Xinjiang’s deputy chairman Jerla Isamudin said Tuesday.

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Why is China Banning Baby Names and Beards in Xinjiang?

The Diplomat, 2 May 2017

By Peter Irwin — Much has already been made of the recent news coming out of China’s westernmost province – that parents have been prohibited from choosing names like “Muhammad,” “Medina” and “Jihad” for their children. Despite widespread and public dismay over the reports, the rules represent not merely a singular, one-off development, but can be neatly traced to even more insidious legislation recently passed in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) this month.

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Exploitation Puts Ancient Well System at Risk in Uyghur Region

Radio Free Asia, 28 April 2017

By Eset Sulaiman — The proliferation of electric water pumps for large-scale farming and oil exploration in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region has all but dried up an elaborate set of wells used by the Uyghur residents of Turfan prefecture, according to local authorities.

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Village Crackdown on ‘Illegal Religious Activities’ Nets Dozens of Uyghurs

Radio Free Asia, 26 April 2017

By Shohret Hoshur — Dozens of ethnic Uyghurs from a small village in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region, including several sets of siblings, have been swept up in a recent crackdown on “illegal religious activities” after they attended lectures by unsanctioned imams, according to local officials.

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China Bans ‘Muhammad’ and ‘Jihad’ as Baby Names in Heavily Muslim Region

The New York Times, 26 April 2017

By Javier Hernandez — The Chinese government, further tightening its grip on Muslims in western China, has prohibited parents from choosing names like “Muhammad,” “Arafat” and “Jihad” for their children.

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Interpol Is Helping Enforce China’s Political Purges

Foreign Policy, 21 April 2017

By Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian — November 2016, Interpol, the international police body, received its first Chinese president, Meng Hongwei. This wasn’t strange: China is a member in good standing of the organization, and Meng, who had previously served as vice minister of public security in Beijing, was duly elected by its general assembly. But Meng’s ascension also aroused suspicion because of China’s own record on blurring police work and politics — a pattern that some feared would carry over into Interpol’s work.

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China Bans Many Muslim Baby Names in Xinjiang

Human Rights Watch, 25 April 2017

By Sophie Richardson — When prospective parents deliberate over baby names – a joyful, private discussion – they tend to make decisions based on hopes for the child, passing on a family name, or some other tradition. Few would ever dream of having to consult a list of banned names – but this is the latest absurd restriction that the Chinese government has imposed on people in Xinjiang region, home to 10 million Muslim Uyghurs.

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