Uyghur Government Workers Ordered Not to Identify on Forms as Muslim

Radio Free Asia, 5 January 2017


RFA Uyghur Service — Ethnic Uyghur government workers in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region are being ordered to remove the word “Islam” from a box indicating religious affiliation on their household registration forms, in a move aimed at further reducing cultural identity in the volatile region, sources say.

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Uyghur Farmers Sent to School in China ‘Anti-Extremism’ Drive

Radio Free Asia, 14 December 2016


RFA Uyghur Service — Uyghur farmers in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region are being forced to attend evening classes in a new drive aimed at bringing them in line with official views on religion and government policy, sources in the mostly-Muslim ethnic area say.

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China Expels Nine Uyghur Children From Soccer Talent Program

Radio Free Asia, 17 October 2016


RFA Uyghur Service — Authorities in the northern Chinese province of Hebei have ordered a regional soccer club to expel nine youth trainees of Uyghur ethnicity, citing “counterterrorism” concerns, leaving them potentially with nowhere to go, RFA has learned.

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Is China a Ticking Time Bomb of Ethnic Contradictions?

China Policy Institute, 27 September 2016


By James Leibold — China’s ethnic periphery can be a volatile place. Over the past decade, violence has repeatedly marred the remote yet strategic regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, which comprise nearly a third of Chinese territory and are its chief sources of oil and water. Here, the Tibetan and Uyghur ethnic minorities have long chafed under the integrationist policies of the Han-dominated Chinese Communist Party, with bloody cycles of resistance and conflict.

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New Implementation Guidelines for Counter-Terror Law in East Turkestan Will Reinforce Curbs on Human Rights

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 27 September 2016

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September 26, 2016 10:35 am EST
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UHRP — In advance of China’s national day on October 1st, celebrating 67 years since the founding of the People’s Republic, the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) wishes to draw attention to the P.R.C.’s continued human rights violations in East Turkestan.  The national and regional governments continue to create a legal framework for these violations, most recently with the passage of local implementation guidelines for its national Counter-Terrorism law. 

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President Xi Jinping’s campaign against religion has restricted freedoms of even state recognized religions

i24 News, 26 September 2016

afp-ebf45a2aabccac7b6f653c1b1bf88f32af2ff947i24 News — A small Jewish community in Kaifeng, near the banks of China’s Yellow River, is the latest religious minority to come under the scrutiny of China’s communist government, the New York Times reports.

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China: Credibly Investigate Xinjiang Blast

Human Rights Watch, 23 September 2016

2016-9-china-asia-xinjiangHuman Rights Watch — Chinese authorities should credibly and impartially investigate an explosion in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and ensure due process rights for suspects, Human Rights Watch said today. On September 10, 2016, a local police chief was killed and other officers injured when they raided a home where stored explosives were detonated, according to media reports.

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In a parched corner of Xinjiang, ancient water tunnels are running dry

The New York Times, 22 September 2016


By Andrew Jacobs — It is an improbable journey that begins on the highest peaks of the Tianshan Mountains, where glacial snowmelt descends across one of the world’s most arid landscapes to reach the lush oasis communities of Turpan, an ancient Silk Road outpost.

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