Interview: ‘I Hope You Can Realize That it Was a Big Mistake to Lock Him Up’

Radio Free Asia, 30 March 2017

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RFA Uyghur Service  The daughter of jailed Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti, is a student at Indiana University who has spoken out in support of his peaceful promotion of equal rights and greater autonomy for the Turkic speaking Uyghur ethnic group in China. Tohti, currently serving a life jail term for “separatism,” won the prestigious Martin Ennals Award 2016 for human rights. Ilham spoke to Mamatjan Juma of RFA’s Uyghur Service in New York on March 11, at a memorial service for family friend Eliot Sperling, a Tibet expert at Indiana University who died on Jan. 29.

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Chinese Officials Warn of Global Religious Extremism Threat

South China Morning Post, 16 March 2017

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Associated Press  Chinese officials are issuing new warnings about the specter of global religious extremism seeping into the country, following reports of fighters from China’s Muslim minority fighting alongside militants in Syria and Iraq.

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Elderly Uyghur Woman is Assigned a Chinese Spy as ‘Daughter’

Radio Free Asia, 9 March 2017

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By Shohret Hoshur — Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region have assigned a spy to monitor the daily movements of an elderly Uyghur woman deemed troublesome by police, telling her that the young woman sent to visit her each day is now her “daughter,” sources say.

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China congress: BBC team forced to sign confession

BBC, 3 March 2017

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By John Sudworth — The plan was a simple one. We’d arranged to meet a woman in her village in China’s central Hunan Province and to then travel with her by train to Beijing, filming as we went.

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China deploys aircraft, combat helicopters in anti-terror drill in Xinjiang province

The Hindustan Times, 2 March 2017

By Sutirtho Patranobis — China deployed multiple aircraft including combat helicopters in a counter-terror drill in its restive northwestern region of Xinjiang this week.

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Remembering the Ghulja Incident: 20th Anniversary of ‘Uyghur Tiananmen’ Passes With Little Notice

The Diplomat, 1 March 2017

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By Peter Irwin — February 5, 1997, remains one of the most unforgettable days of commemoration for the Uyghur people. This year, the 20th anniversary of violently suppressed demonstrations in Ghulja, Xinjiang, reminds us of the raw and unimaginable power of the Chinese government.

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Officials Ban Dozens of Religious Practices, Foreign Missionaries in China’s Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 1 March 2017

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By Qiao Long — Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have issued a detailed list of “illegal” religious activities spanning Islam, Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism, RFA has learned.

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Chinese Netizens Attack Minority Uyghur Muslims

Human Rights Watch, 27 February 2017

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Human Rights Watch — Within hours of the February 14 knife attack in Pishan county, Xinjiang, China’s state media released identical reports: Three assailants attacked people in a residential district, killing five while injuring another five, and the assailants were killed by police officers who had swiftly arrived at the scene. Only the Jiangnan Metropolitan News defied a censorship order and kept open its online comment function on this story, providing a rare glimpse into netizens’ views of the attack.

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