Exploitation Puts Ancient Well System at Risk in Uyghur Region

Radio Free Asia, 28 April 2017

By Eset Sulaiman — The proliferation of electric water pumps for large-scale farming and oil exploration in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region has all but dried up an elaborate set of wells used by the Uyghur residents of Turfan prefecture, according to local authorities.

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Village Crackdown on ‘Illegal Religious Activities’ Nets Dozens of Uyghurs

Radio Free Asia, 26 April 2017

By Shohret Hoshur — Dozens of ethnic Uyghurs from a small village in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region, including several sets of siblings, have been swept up in a recent crackdown on “illegal religious activities” after they attended lectures by unsanctioned imams, according to local officials.

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China Bans ‘Muhammad’ and ‘Jihad’ as Baby Names in Heavily Muslim Region

The New York Times, 26 April 2017

By Javier Hernandez — The Chinese government, further tightening its grip on Muslims in western China, has prohibited parents from choosing names like “Muhammad,” “Arafat” and “Jihad” for their children.

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Interpol Is Helping Enforce China’s Political Purges

Foreign Policy, 21 April 2017

By Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian — November 2016, Interpol, the international police body, received its first Chinese president, Meng Hongwei. This wasn’t strange: China is a member in good standing of the organization, and Meng, who had previously served as vice minister of public security in Beijing, was duly elected by its general assembly. But Meng’s ascension also aroused suspicion because of China’s own record on blurring police work and politics — a pattern that some feared would carry over into Interpol’s work.

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China Bans Many Muslim Baby Names in Xinjiang

Human Rights Watch, 25 April 2017

By Sophie Richardson — When prospective parents deliberate over baby names – a joyful, private discussion – they tend to make decisions based on hopes for the child, passing on a family name, or some other tradition. Few would ever dream of having to consult a list of banned names – but this is the latest absurd restriction that the Chinese government has imposed on people in Xinjiang region, home to 10 million Muslim Uyghurs.

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Chinese Officials Move to Ban Strongly Religious Baby Names

Voice of America, 24 April 2017

By Xin Lin — Officials in northwestern China are reported to have banned baby names with strong religious meanings.

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New claims of Chinese oppression against Uyghur people

World Bulletin, 21 April 2017


World Bulletin — In recent months, China’s new practices have brought them back under the spotlight of Human rights organizations as well as those who are protecting the Human Rights accord. Reports emerging from the Uyghur Autonomous Region has stated that there have been tens of thousands of arrests in recent times with many executions without a trial.

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China Bans ‘Extreme’ Islamic Baby Names Among Xinjiang’s Uyghurs

Radio Free Asia, 20 April 2017


By Xin Lin — Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have banned dozens of baby names with religious meanings that are widely used by Muslims elsewhere in the world, RFA has learned.

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