7 JUNE 2019
Xinjiang’s vanishing mosques highlight pressure on China’s Muslims as Ramadan ends with a whimper
While Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan with prayers and festivities this week, the recent destruction of dozens of mosques in Xinjiang highlights the increasing pressure Uygurs and other ethnic minorities face in the heavily policed region
18 MARCH 2019
China defends its security crackdown in Xinjiang
Authorities in China have arrested almost 13,000 « terrorists » in Xinjiang since 2014, the government said on Monday, in a White Paper defending its controversial de-radicalisation measures for Muslims in the restive far western region
12 MARCH 2019
China says it will eventually phase out ‘vocational training centres’ in Xinjiang where 1 million Uygur Muslims are reportedly held for ‘re-education’
China’s top official in Xinjiang on Tuesday said the “vocational training centres” in the far western border region would eventually be phased out, as Beijing comes under growing international pressure over the mass detention camps
10 FEBRUARY 2019
Turkey calls on China to close Uighur detention camps
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman slammed Chinese authorities’ systematic assimilation policy towards Uighur Turks, saying it is a « great embarrassment » in a written statement on Sunday
31 JANUARY 2019
Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti, sentenced to life imprisonment by the Chinese government, was nominated as a candidate to receive the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. The proposal comes from a group of 13 US lawmakers, who want to push China to stop what many call the « genocide » of the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region
5 DECEMBER 2018
China refuses top human rights official access to Uighur Muslim ‘re-education’ camps
China has blocked a leading human rights official from visiting the “re-education camps” which hold as many as one million Uighur Muslims
6 NOVEMBER 2018
Uyghur crackdown in Xinjiang doubles security spending in one year
Spending on prisons and security-related construction in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang doubled between 2016 and 2017 new research has revealed, undermining China’s denial of the existence of mass internment camps
10 OCTOBER 2018
China legalizes Xinjiang ‘re-education camps’ after denying they exist
China’s far-northwestern region of Xinjiang has revised legislation to provide a legal basis for internment camps where up to 1 million Muslims are being held amid mounting international criticism
30 AUGUST 2018
UN calls on China to free Uighurs from alleged re-education camps
United Nations’ human rights experts voiced alarm on Thursday (Aug 30) over alleged Chinese political re-education camps for Muslim Uighurs and they called for the immediate release of those detained on the “pretext of countering terrorism”
10 AUGUST 2018
UN says it has reports that China is holding 1 million Uygurs in ‘secret internment camps’
A UN human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uygurs in China were being held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”
21 JUNE 2018
Is China building ‘political reeducation’ camps for Muslim minorities?
In China’s Muslim-majority Xinjiang region, there have been reports of « reeducation » camps where over 200,000 « suspects » are being held. DW spoke with researcher Adrian Lenz about the veracity of the reports.
14 MAY 2018
Chinese Uyghurs forced to welcome Communist Party into their homes
More than a million Chinese Communist officials are being dispatched to live with local families in the western region of Xinjiang, a move seen as a sign of the government’s increasingly tightened grip over the area’s predominantly Uyghur Muslim population
China rolls out three-year plan to tackle poverty in Xinjiang
China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang is planning a poverty relief scheme targeting its 22 poorest counties, state-run Xinhua reported on Sunday
27 NOVEMBER 2017
China’s ‘three warfares’ in Xinjiang
There has been analysis of China’s use of ‘three warfares’ — public opinion, psychological warfare and legal warfare — in the context of external issues like the South China Sea dispute and the Doklam standoff with India. But China has also deployed elements of the ‘three warfares’ to counter a primarily domestic security challenge: the threat of Uyghur militancy, radicalisation and terrorism in Xinjiang
6 AUGUST 2017
China sacks senior Xinjiang official for not fighting extremism
A Communist Party official who oversaw a portion of China’s restive northwestern Muslim region of Xinjiang has been dismissed on charges including that he failed to do enough to fight extremism
3 JUNE 2017
Muslim children forced to drop ‘religious’ names in western China
Muslim children in China’s far western Xinjiang region are being forced to change their “religious” names and adults are being coerced into attending rallies showing devotion to the officially atheist Communist party
22 APRIL 2017
Inside the shadowy world of Chinese militants fighting in Syria
Many do not speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organised, battled hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad’s forces
30 MARCH 2017
Ban on beards and veils – China’s Xinjiang passes law to curb ‘religious extremism’
China’s Xinjiang region passed a law on Wednesday to curb religious extremism, amid the government’s intensifying campaign against what it calls the rising threat of terrorism and separatism in the Uygur homeland
18 MARCH 2017
What do Islamic State and Tibet have to do with China’s crackdown in Xinjiang?
The government has responded to the growing threat by bringing in new hardline security restrictions on Xinjiang (新疆) residents – restrictions some experts say have been imported from neighbouring Tibet by Chen Quanguo, Xinjiang’s Communist Party leader, who previously held the same office in Tibet
10 MARCH 2017
Xi urges ‘great wall of iron’ for Xinjiang’s stability
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday that a « great wall of iron » to safeguard national unity, ethnic solidarity and social stability should be built in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
17 FEBRUARY 2017
Massive show of force staged in China’s Xinjiang region after terrorist Attack
Thousands of armed police and military vehicles have taken part in a parade in China’s restive Xinjiang region in a massive show of force two days after a deadly attack that authorities blamed on terrorists
20 JULY 2016
Beijing policies in Xinjiang driving Chinese Muslims to join ranks of Islamic State, says US think tank
Tough religious restrictions on Muslim minorities in the country’s far west may have driven more than 100 to join Islamic State (IS), a US think tank said on Wednesday
3 JUNE 2016
China angered by US questioning ‘anti-terrorism campaign’ in Muslim-majority Xinjiang
China asks the United States to respect the fight against what Beijing says are militants in the far western region of Xinjiang, after Washington expresses concern about the lack of transparency in China’s anti-terrorism campaign.
8 APRIL 2016
Xinjiang seals US$2b in deals with Pakistan firms
Companies from China’s far western region of Xinjiang signed deals worth about US$2 billion with Pakistan this week during a visit to Pakistan by Xinjiang’s top official, who sought to cement ties with an important security partner
22 JANUARY 2016
China Jails Xinjiang Rights Activist For 19 Years For Subversion, Spying
Authorities in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang have jailed a Han Chinese rights activist for 19 years on subversion and spying charges after he openly criticized government policy in the troubled region.
3 JANUARY 2016
Role Of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region In Economic Security Of China – Analysis
The main question addressed in this article is why the economic development of Xinjiang is a priority for the Beijing government. How can we explain the fact that Beijing’s investment in Xinjiang is much higher than its investment in other regions populated by predominantly non- Han Chinese population?
3 DECEMBER 2015
Xinjiang violence: Does China have a terror problem?
Hundreds of people have been killed in Xinjiang in recent years and authorities have blamed there has been a spate of high-profile attacks outside the province
20 NOVEMBER 2015
Chinese police kill 28 members of « terrorist group » – state media reports
Chinese security forces have killed 28 people allegedly responsible for a deadly attack on a coal mine in Xinjiang, state media has said
23 JUNE 2015
China’s illusion of harmony
China’s recent crackdown on its Muslim minority population will deepen resentment and further radicalisation
25 MAY 2015
China busts 181 terror gangs in autonomous Xinjiang region in year-long crackdown
More than 92 percent of groups were raided while planning attacks and 112 suspects turned themselves into security services, according to an assessment of the security operation by Xinjiang’s regional Communist Party committee.
20 FEBRUARY 2015
Hacking, shooting incident leave 17 dead in Xinjiang’s Aksu prefecture
Seventeen people have reportedly been hacked, stabbed or shot to death in the latest episode of deadly violence to hit China’s far west.
23 JANUARY 2015
Arrests in China’s Xinjiang ‘nearly doubled in 2014’
More than 27,000 suspects were arrested, up by more than 95 per cent, in the far-western, predominantly Muslim area, according to reports
31 DECEMBER 2014
China promotes governor of troubled Xinjiang Nur Bekri to top energy post
China has promoted the ethnic Uighur governor of the troubled far western region of Xinjiang to the country’s top energy policy body, Chinese media reported on Wednesday, but left unclear who would replace him
11 DECEMBER 2014
China’s Urumqi bans Islamic veil, sparking rights concerns
The capital of China’s far western Xinjiang has banned the wearing of Islamic veils in public, the regional government said on Thursday, in a move experts worry could spark more unrest in the troubled region
9 DECEMBER 2014
China jails students of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti
Seven students of a prominent scholar from China’s Uighur minority have been convicted of separatism in a secret trial and given prison sentences of three to eight years, a lawyer said Tuesday.
8 DECEMBER 2014
China sentences eight to death for Xinjiang knife, bomb attacks
Eight people were sentenced to death for their roles in two knife and bomb attacks earlier this year in the violence-plagued western region of Xinjiang , state media reported
29 NOVEMBER 2014
Xinjiang attack leaves at least 15 dead
The official Xinhua news agency said the attack took place on Friday on a “food street” in Shache county, where state media said a series of attacks in July left 96 people dead, including 59 assailants.
11 NOVEMBER 2014
22 Sentenced to Prison in Ethnically Split Chinese Region of Xinjiang
The authorities in Xinjiang have imprisoned 22 people in a mass sentencing that included charges of rape, disturbing public order and “illegal preaching,” a state news media outlet reported on Tuesday.
27 OCTOBER 2014
China to streamline counter-terrorism intelligence gathering
China will set up a national anti-terrorism intelligence system, state media said on Monday, reporting changes to an anti-terror law expected to be passed this week in the wake of an upsurge in violence in the far western region of Xinjiang
13 OCTOBER 2014
China sentences 12 to death for south Xinjiang attacks
A court in China’s restive Xinjiang region has sentenced 12 people to death for attacks that left nearly 100 people dead in July.
25 SEPTEMBER 2014
40 ‘rioters’ killed in China’s Xinjiang: state media
Six civilians, two police officers and two auxiliary police were also killed in the attacks in Xinjiang’s Luntai county, with 54 civilians injured, according to Tianshan, the regional government news portal.
24 SEPTEMBER 2014
Interactive: China’s Uighur unrest
Ethnic violence has wracked China’s restive Xinjiang region, leading to a tight government clampdown.
23 SEPTEMBER 2014
China jails prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti for life
A Chinese court has sentenced the country’s most prominent advocate for the rights of Muslim Uighur people to life in prison on separatism charges, his lawyer has said, in a case that has provoked an international outcry.
17 SEPTEMBER 2014
China begins trial of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti
Uighur scholar, respected internationally for constructive views on country’s ethnic tensions, is accused of fomenting separatism
10 SEPTEMBER 2014
Urumqi police to reward tip-offs on terrorism
Authorities in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, said on Tuesday they will reward informants who report events or individuals connected with activities related to terrorism and religious extremism.
29 AUGUST 2014
China Offers Cash For Marriage to Promote Assimilation in Xinjiang
Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have announced a slew of cash incentives for interracial marriages between members of ethnic minority groups and majority Han Chinese, local officials said
24 AUGUST 2014
China executes eight, including Tiananmen attackers
China has executed eight people in the north-western region of Xinjiang, for what it calls « terrorist » attacks, reports the state news agency Xinhua.
16 AUGUST 2014
China says it ‘rescues’ 82 children from Xinjiang religious schools
A sweep on illegal religious activity in the capital of China’s unruly far western region of Xinjiang has resulted in 82 children being « rescued » from unlicensed Islamic schools and the seizure of religious clothing, a state-run newspaper said on Saturday
12 AUGUST 2014
China jails 25 more for terror crimes in Xinjiang
A court in China’s unruly far western region of Xinjiang has sentenced 25 more people to jail terms ranging from three years to life for terror-related offences, state media said on Tuesday, as the government clamps down on a surge in violence
6 AUGUST 2014
Chinese city bans Islamic beards, headwear and clothing on buses
Authorities in Karamay banned people wearing hijabs, niqabs, burqas or clothing with the Islamic star and crescent symbol from taking local buses, the Karamay Daily reported
4 AUGUST 2014
Xinjiang offers cash rewards for those hunting terrorists
Authorities in far west China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have announced that more than 300 million yuan (about $48 million) would be offered in cash rewards to those who helped hunt suspected terrorists
3 AUGUST 2014
Xinjiang unrest leaves nearly 100 dead, including 37 civilians, China says
Masked militants attacked civilians, police and officials last week in China’s far western region of Xinjiang leading to almost 100 deaths, the government said on Sunday, giving fresh details on one of the worst incidents of unrest in years
30 JULY 2014
Imam of China’s largest mosque killed in Xinjiang
Mr Tahir, who was from Xinjiang’s mainly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, was a vocal and public supporter of Chinese policies in the region
Chinese authorities tighten security in Xinjiang region after surge in violence
Security tightened drastically across China’s far western city of Kashgar on Wednesday, as Uighur exiles disputed official reports blaming terrorists for fatal violence that claimed dozens of lives in the same part of the Xinjiang region two days earlier
29 JULY 2014
China says dozens killed in Xinjiang attack
Dozens of people were killed and injured in an attack in China’s far western Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uyghur minority, state media has reported
11 JULY 2014
China jails 32 in Xinjiang on terror charges
Chinese courts in the far-western region of Xinjiang have sentenced 32 people to prison terms ranging from four years to life for terrorism-related charges
2 JULY 2014
China bans Xinjiang officials from observing Ramadan fast
Several government departments in China’s far western region of Xinjiang have banned Muslim staff from fasting during the month of Ramadan
30 JUNE 2014
China jails 113 in Xinjiang for terrorism
Chinese courts have sentenced 113 people to jail terms ranging from 10 years to life in mainly Uighur Muslim Xinjiang province for terrorism and other charges, according to a government-run news portal.
21 JUNE 2014
China Xinjiang: Police kill 13 attackers
Thirteen assailants have been killed in an attack on a police station in China’s restive western province of Xinjiang, officials say
16 JUNE 2014
Three sentenced to death for Tiananmen Square attack
Three people have been sentenced to death in connection with a suicide car crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, state-run media said Monday.
China executes 13 for terror, violent crimes in Xinjiang
Chinese authorities executed 13 people on Monday for « terrorist attacks and violent crimes » in the violence-wracked northwestern region of Xinjiang, state media said
5 JUNE 2014
China sentences nine to death in Xinjiang
Authorities in China’s restive Xinjiang region have sentenced nine people to death for « violent terrorism » crimes, state media reported, as part of a nation-wide crackdown on alleged separatist groups
31 MAY 2014
China indicts eight over 2013 Tiananmen Gate attack
China has indicted eight people on terrorism charges in connection with an attack on Beijing’s iconic Tiananmen Gate last year that killed two tourists and three assailants, the government said Saturday
30 MAY 2014
China’s president pledges more cash to Xinjiang to defuse ethnic tensions
China’s president has promised to raise incomes and education spending in the country’s restive Muslim north-west in an effort to defuse rising ethnic tensions while calling for tougher security, following an attack in the region’s capital that killed dozens of people
29 MAY 2014
Should China Fear Islamic Insurgency?
Xi Jinping may well be able to solve the violence in Xinjiang, but Beijing will need to change course
28 MAY 2014
China sentences 55 in mass stadium trial
At least one person has been sentenced to death and 54 others found guilty following a mass trial in China’s restive Xinjiang province for a wide range of crimes including terrorism, separatism and murder, state media has reported.
26 MAY 2014
China detains more than 200 suspected separatists in Xinjiang, state media says
Police in China’s troubled north-west region of Xinjiang have broken up 23 terror or extremist groups and detained more than 200 suspected militants in the last month, state media has reported.
23 MAY 2014
Xinjiang attack marks dramatic shift in militant tactics
The bombing of a civilian market in Xinjiang represents a shift in tactics by militants towards more spectacular attacks, analysts say, to invite a disproportionate response by China and so radicalise the Muslim Uighur homeland
22 MAY 2014
Urumqi attack kills 31 in China’s Xinjiang region
Attackers in China’s restive Xinjiang region have crashed two cars into shoppers at a market, killing 31 people, Chinese media reports say
13 MAY 2014
Over 100 Detained After Xinjiang Police Open Fire on Protesters
Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region detained more than 100 ethnic minority Uyghurs who took part in mass protests this week against the detention of women and middle school girls for wearing headscarves, as local officials confirmed that at least two protesters have been shot dead
12 MAY 2014
More than 200 held in China terror video crackdown
Police in China’s Xinjiang region, home to mainly Muslim Uighurs, have arrested more than 200 people over six weeks for « dissemination of violent or terrorist videos », state media said Monday, amid a wave of train station attacks.
4 MAY 2014
Xinjiang police issue order to detain family members of Urumqi bomb suspect
Xinjiang police are looking for 10 family members of an alleged assailant killed in Wednesday’s deadly bomb and knife attack in Urumqi
1 MAY 2014
Xinjiang station attack: President Xi Jinping urges action
China’s president has urged « decisive actions » against « terrorist attacks » in Xinjiang after a deadly blast at a railway station, state media say
30 APRIL 2014
Explosion in China railway during presidential visit leaves dozens injured
At least 50 people were injured when an explosion rocked a train station in Urumqi, the capital of China’s restive Xinjiang province, on the final day of a presidential visit designed to promote Beijing’s war on terrorism
27 MARCH 2014
The Kunming Attack and China’s Uighur Politics
In the wake of the Kunming attack, experts expect the Chinese government to crack down hard on Uighurs and anyone sympathetic to them
13 MARCH 2014
More than 200 Asylum-Seeking Uyghurs Detained in Thailand
More than 200 Uyghurs fleeing ethnic tension in China’s restive northwestern Xinjiang region have been detained in Thailand and face deportation back home where they could be punished, according to some of their relatives
11 MARCH 2014
On March 2, 2014, a train station in Kunming witnessed a horrific slashing attack by black-clad Uighurs wielding large knives and machetes. The attack left 29 dead and 143 wounded.At least 9 Uighurs,members of the East Turkestan [separatists] Islamic Movement (ETIM), which have committed more than 200 terrorist attacks over the past 12 months, were identified as the attackers.
4 MARCH 2014
Exiled Uighur leader urges Beijing not to demonise group… and Xi Jinping says the same
An exiled Uighur rights leader Tuesday urged China against « demonising » the ethnic group after a deadly attack for which officials have blamed separatists from the western region of Xinjiang.
3 MARCH 2014
China Captures Remaining Suspects in Train Station Attack
China says it has captured the final three suspects in the stabbing rampage at a train station that killed 29 people and injured 143 others. Citing the Ministry for Public Security Monday, the official Xinhua news agency says the suspects who carried out the attack are part of a terrorist gang led by Abdurehim Kurban.
2 MARCH 2014
Xinjiang separatists behind deadly China rail attack: Xinhua
More than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives at a train station in southern China, drawing police fire, in what authorities called a terrorist assault by ethnic separatists based in the far west, state media said Sunday. Thirty-three people were killed and 130 wounded http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2014/03/02/401858/China-blames.htm http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/02/world/asia/china-railway-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
27 FEBRUARY 2014
Chinese Lawyer Denied Meeting with Jailed Uighur Client
A lawyer for jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti says he has been denied access to his client in China’s western Xinjiang province.
US ambassador to China expresses concern about political activists’ rights
The outgoing US ambassador to China urged Beijing on Thursday to respect the rights of peaceful political activists. He said that Washington was deeply concerned about the fate of minority scholar Ilham Tohti, who has been charged with separatism.
26 FEBRUARY 2014
China condemned for charging Uighur academic Ilham Tohti with separatism
Rights groups have condemned China for charging a prominent Uighur critic of government policy towards his mostly Muslim minority with inciting separatism – a crime that can carry the death penalty
14 FEBRUARY 2014
Chinese police shoot dead ‘terrorists’ in Xinjiang, says state media
Eight terrorists were killed by police and three others by their own suicide devices during a terrorist attack Friday afternoon in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, police said.