Ban on beards and veils – China’s Xinjiang passes regulation to curb ‘religious extremism’

South China Morning Post, 30 March 2017


By Nectar Gan  China’s restive far-western Xinjiang region passed a new regulation on Wednesday to curb religious extremism, amid the government’s ramped-up campaign against what it calls the rising threat of terrorism and separatism.

Continue Reading →

China launches “all-out-offensive” against Uyghur minority

Al Jazeera, 17 March 2017


Al Jazeera — China’s ruling Communist Party has hardened its rhetoric on Islam, with top officials making repeated warnings about the spectre of global religious “extremism” seeping into the country, and the need to protect traditional Chinese identity.

Continue Reading →

China to Push Mandarin for Minorities

Reuters, 26 January 2017


Reuters — China will “unswervingly” stick to the promotion of Mandarin for ethnic minorities, the government said on Tuesday of a policy that has ignited sporadic protests, and will also step up protection for threatened tongues on the verge of extinction.

Continue Reading →

Western Journalistic Confirmation Bias: Reporting on Kashgar’s Old Town Renewal Project

The Diplomat, 20 September 2016


By Patrik Meyer — What the Chinese government labels as a “Renovation [that] combines tradition and modernity” (CCTV) is described in Western media with headlines and ledes such as: “An Ancient Culture, Bulldozed Away” (The Washington Post), “To Protect an Ancient City, China Moves to Raze It” (The New York Times), “Tearing Down Old Kashgar: Another Blow to the Uighurs” (Time), “Bulldozers are to raze the mesmerising old town in the Chinese Silk Road city of Kashgar” (The Guardian), and “The Death of Old Kashgar” (Nick Oldstock) just to mention a few.

Continue Reading →

Uyghur Mother Tongue Rights in China – Perspectives, Challenges and Policy

WUC, 19 February 2014


Brussels — The World Uyghur Congress (WUC), in collaboration with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), PEN Uyghur Centre and French PEN, will convene a conference entitled ‘Uyghur Mother Tongue Rights in China – Perspectives, Challenges and Policy’ in Paris on 21 February 2014 to mark the 15th Anniversary of UNESCO’s International Mother Tongue Day. Two panels of experts will discuss international standards for minority language protection and raise awareness about assimilationist and discriminatory policies endangering the Uyghur language in East Turkestan. Opening remarks will be delivered by Ms. Rebiya Kadeer, President of the World Uyghur Congress, Mr. Marino Busdachin, General Secretary of UNPO and Mr. Sylvestre Clancier, International PEN Board Member.

Continue Reading →

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: Uyghur Mother Tongue Rights in China – Perspectives, Challenges and Policy

Press Release – For immediate release
05 February 2014
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

WUC LogoThe World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is pleased to announce that it will be holding a conference on 21 February 2014 in Paris, France entitled ‘Uyghur Mother Tongue Rights in China – Perspectives, Challenges and Policy.’ This will coincide with the 15th Anniversary of UNESCO’s International Mother Tongue Day, and will be held in collaboration with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), PEN Uyghur Centre and French PEN.

Continue Reading →