Wife of Party Official Killed in Xinjiang ‘Revenge Attack’

RFA, 30 July 2014

The wife of a ruling Chinese Communist Party official in the restive Xinjiang region was stabbed to death and her husband severely wounded in an attack which authorities said was an act of revenge for a raid on ethnic minority Uyghur Muslims during a mosque prayer session.

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Repression in China and Its Consequences in Xinjiang

Hudson Institue, 28 July 2014 

A series of violent incidents in China involving Uyghurs has focused increasing attention on the Turkic Muslim minority group and on the religious and political situation in their homeland, China’s vast northwestern province known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR or East Turkistan).

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UAA Condemns State Violence against Uyghur Civilians in Elishku Township

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July 29, 2014, 6:00 pm EST
Contact: Uyghur American Association +1 (202) 478 1920

The Uyghur American Association unequivocally condemns the use of excessive state violence used against Uyghurs on Monday, July 28, 2014 in Elishku Township, Yarkent County. According to local Uyghur sources, more than 20 Uyghurs were killed and more than 70 were arrested. Local sources state the Uyghur residents protested en masse against Chinese security forces’ heavy-handed Ramadan crackdown since the beginning of the Holy Month and extrajudicial use of lethal force in recent weeks in the county.

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Dozens of Uyghurs Shot Dead in Riots in Xinjiang’s Yarkand County

RFA, 29 July 2014

Chinese police in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region have shot dead dozens of knife and axe-wielding ethnic minority Uyghur Muslims who went on a rampage, apparently angry over restrictions during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the cold-blooded killing of a family of five, officials said.

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China’s grim religious freedom problem

The Washington Post, 29 July 2014

While last month marked the 25th anniversary of China’s silencing freedom in Tiananmen Square, this month China has been cementing this grim legacy — particularly regarding religious freedom.

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China Cuts Off Internet Near Kashgar Amid Reports of Deadly Violence

RFA, 29 July 2014

Chinese police in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region have shot dead dozens of knife and axe-wielding ethnic minority Uyghur Muslims who went on a rampage, apparently angry over restrictions during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the cold-blooded killing of a family of five, officials said.

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2013 Saw Largest Displacement of Religious Minorities: State Department Report Criticizes Faith Practices in Russia, China, Iran, Others

The Wall Street Journal, 28 July 2014 

WASHINGTON—The State Department on Monday released a report documenting the largest international displacement of religious communities “in recent memory” in 2013, particularly in conflicts with religious or sectarian dimensions.

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Ramadan highlights divisions in China’s Muslim community

The National, 27 July 2014

BEIJING // Shortly before sundown the forecourt of Beijing’s Niujie mosque starts to fill with people. The mosque’s staff carry in platters of watermelon and large kettles full of Vimto and the congregation wanders in to leaf through the day’s Ramadan teaching materials.

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