China ‘punished’ about 100 minority Uighurs for observing Ramadan fast

International Business Times, 16 June 2017

By Ananya Roy — Chinese authorities have reportedly punished at least 100 Uighur Muslims, an ethnic Turkish group, living in the Xinjiang province for observing Ramadan – the Muslim holy month of fasting. The communist nation has long banned religious practices and activities in the country.

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China created a new terrorist threat by repressing secessionist fervor in its western frontier

Quartz, 1 June 2017

By Lindsey Kennedy & Nathan Paul — In the early hours of New Year’s Day in 2017, a heavily armed gunman stormed Reina, an exclusive Istanbul nightclub on the Bosphorus coast, murdering 39. ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre, but the Turkish deputy prime minister swiftly made an incendiary claim: the perpetrators, he said, were “probably” Uyghur—the ethnically Turkic Muslims indigenous to the region of northwest China officially called the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

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Xinjiang Authorities Confiscate ‘Extremist’ Qurans From Uyghur Muslims

Radio Free Asia, 29 May 2017

By Shohret Hoshur — Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region are confiscating all Qurans published more than five years ago due to “extremist content,” according to local officials, amid an ongoing campaign against “illegal” religious items owned by mostly Muslim ethnic Uyghur residents.

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Xi Jinping wants to work with Turkey on counter-terrorism

The Strait Times, 16 May 2017

The Strait Times — Chinese President Xi Jinping has told his Turkish counterpart, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that the two should deepen counter-terrorism cooperation amid Chinese concern about ethnic Uighurs from its Xinjiang region fighting with militants in the Middle East.

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Anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise in China. We found that the Internet fuels — and fights — this.

The Washington Post, 12 May 2017

By Rose Luqiu & Fan Yang — During the National People’s Congress in March, top officials from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, a Muslim-majority area in northwest China, warned political leaders that terrorist activities threatened to destabilize China.

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China official admonishes fellow Uighur cadres for ‘anti-terror’ failings

Reuters, 6 April 2017


By Christian Shepherd — A senior Uighur official in China’s restive western region of Xinjiang has admonished other Communist Party “cadres” from the mostly Muslim Uighur minority for failing to pull their weight in the fight against terrorism, state media said.

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‘No beards, no veils’: Uighur life in China’s Xinjiang

BBC, 20 March 2017


BBC — China says Islamist separatists in Xinjiang are the greatest threat to national security. The far western region is home to a community of some 10 million Uighurs, who are mostly Muslim.

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China: Disclose Details of Terrorism Convictions

Human Rights Watch, 18 March 2017


Human Rights Watch — The Chinese authorities’ failure to release details about terrorism convictions heightens concerns that the country’s counterterrorism law is being used to prosecute nonviolent activity, Human Rights Watch said today. The 2017 Supreme People’s Court (SPC) report, presented on March 12, 2017, departs from past practice by excluding details on 2016 terrorism cases, such as the number of individuals convicted. China’s new Counterterrorism Law took effect in January 2016.

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