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Unrest In Xinjiang Incites Military Crackdown

The BBC reports that following days of unrest in the Xinjiang region that included an attack on a police station in Hotan on Friday, Chinese officials have increased operations by enacting a twenty-four hour patrol of the...

Censorship in Asia: Against the Tide

The Economist’s Banyan blog surveys the state of censorship in Asia, following the Malaysian Prime Minister’s conclusion that “in today’s borderless, interconnected world, censoring newspapers and...

China’s Sharper Focus on Internal Security

While uprisings in the Middle East were an immediate trigger, roots of the current crackdown in China can also be seen further back, in the unrest in Tibet in 2008 and Xinjiang in 2009. At the Financial Times, Jamil Anderlini...

China Sentences Uighur to Life for Reporting Riots

Last week an investigative journalist in Xinjiang was beaten and is now brain dead in a hospital. And now news that another journalist in Xinjiang has been sentenced to life in prison for his role during the violent riots that...

China Pressed to Account for Uighurs’ Fate

Twenty Uighurs who fled China in the wake of rioting in Xinjiang in July 2009 were deported from Cambodia a year ago while waiting to receive asylum from the U.S. Since returning to China, they have not been accounted for by the...

Far West China Tense but Quiet Year after Riots

A year ago today, Urumqi erupted in violence as a clash broke out between ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese. Reuters reports on the scene in the city one year later: A year on, the streets of Urumqi were slightly quieter than...

Shaoguan, One Year On

Just over a year ago, a violent lash broke out between Uighur and Han workers at a toy factory in Shaoguan. The following week, violent riots erupted in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. RFA reports: A...

AP Exclusive: Uighurs Flee China After Riots

The AP has interviewed Uighur refugees who fled China after riots last year and are now seeking asylum in other countries: Nearly a year after the worst riots in China’s far west in more than a decade, his story and that...

China Hints at Trials for 20 Seeking Asylum

The Chinese government has indicated that a group of Uighurs deported from Cambodia after seeking asylum there may be put on trial, the New York Times reports: “China is a country ruled by law,” Ma Zhaoxu, a Foreign Ministry...

More Uighurs Sentenced To Death In China

From The Australian: CHINA has begun sentencing 20 more ethnic Uighurs – some to death – for their part in riots which left 197 people dead in the remote western city of Urumqi on July 5, as the second batch of...

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