Gene A. Bunin: How the “Happiest Muslims in the World” are Coping with Their Happiness

Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia, 31 July 2018

By Gene A. Bunin – It was about a year ago that I first walked into Karim’s restaurant, intending to write about it as part of the food guide I was putting together about Uyghur restaurants in inner China. While my travels for this project would result in my visiting close to 200 restaurants in over 50 Chinese cities, Karim’s was one that left a particularly good impression.

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China to Require All Places of Worship to Fly The National Flag, Expanding Xinjiang Policy

Radio Free Asia, 2 August 2018

By RFA Uyghur Service –State-sanctioned religious associations in China have proposed a measure that would require all places of worship to fly the national flag, according to state media, in an expansion of a similar policy enforced on mosques in the largely Muslim Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) last year that drew strong criticism from the main Uyghur exile group as an attack on freedom of belief.

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The Overlooked Human Rights Crisis Unfolding in China’s Xinjiang Province

Heritage, 26 July 2018

By Brian Hillier & Olivia Enos – A few weeks ago, we Americans celebrated our independence and first freedoms—including freedom of thought, religion, and speech.

One freedom little remembered, but ever so important, is enshrined in our Declaration of Independence. It is the freedom from “quartering,” which liberated Americans from providing food and housing to occupying British soldiers.

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Bitter Winter, 16 July 2018

By Bitter Winter – Since spring 2017, Chinese authorities have increased their suppression efforts against Islam, demolishing innumerable mosques and sending Muslims to re-education camps.

Recently, a Bitter Winter reporter visited the sites of six demolished mosques in the city of Kumul, discovering that while some remnants could still be found at one of the sites, the other five had already been leveled, disappearing without a trace.

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World Uyghur Congress, 27 July 2018

US Government Holds Hearing on Human Rights Crisis in East Turkistan

This week, Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), convened a hearing on the Surveillance, Suppression, and Mass Detention: Xinjiang’s Human Rights Crisis. The hearing looked at the serious and deteriorating human rights situation faced by Uyghurs, examined the Chinese government’s efforts to build the world’s most advanced police state in East Turkistan and explored policy options to address these issues within U.S.-China relations.

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US Officials, Lawmaker Slam China Over Religious Persecution of Ethnic Uyghurs

Radio Free Asia, 27 July 2018

By RFA Uyghur Service – Top U.S. officials and a U.S. lawmaker have called out China in recent days for its treatment of ethnic Uyghurs in the country’s northwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), slamming Beijing for what they said was a systematic effort to destroy the Muslim minority’s religious and cultural identity.

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‘We Shouldn’t Allow Ilham Tohti to Become a Second Liu Xiaobo’


Radio Free Asia, 27 July 2018

By RFA Uyghur Service – Hu Jia, a Chinese human rights activist and critic of the Communist Party of China, has closely followed the case of Ilham Tohti, an outspoken economics professor who regularly highlighted the religious and cultural persecution of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority.

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