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Revealed: New videos expose China’s forced migration of Uyghurs during the pandemic

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Dozens of Chinese TikTok videos show Uyghurs being transported to work in involuntary labor schemes during the Covid-19 outbreak

FORCED MIGRATION. Screenshots from TikTok videos taken and stitched by Coda Story.

China slaps tit-for-tat sanctions on U.S. lawmakers, envoy over Xinjiang

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:50 PM

Some of the most outspoken critics of China – Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz along with Congressman Chris Smith – are targeted by the action, as well as the US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, Sam Brownback

XINJIANG CAMPS. This photo taken on May 31, 2019 shows a watchtower on a high-security facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/ AFP

In first, U.S. punishes senior Chinese officials over Uighur rights

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:43 AM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States was acting against 'horrific and systematic abuses' in the western region including forced labor, mass detention and involuntary population control

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U.S. seizes Chinese products made from human hair in forced labor crackdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:43 AM

US Customs and Border Protection orders that the company's goods be held on grounds it uses prison and forced labor, including from children

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China forcibly sterilizes Uighurs to control population – report

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:50 PM

A report by German researcher Adrian Zenz says Uighur women and other ethnic minorities are being threatened with confinement in re-education camps for refusing to abort pregnancies that exceed birth quotas

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Trump warns of 'complete decoupling' from China despite talks

Jun 19, 2020 - 11:26 AM

Besides trade, the United States sharply criticizes China over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, an upcoming security law in Hong Kong, and its mass detention of Uighurs

VISIT. An official delegation from the United States will be visiting China. File photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

U.S., China clash anew as top officials meet on tensions

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:21 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets at a Honolulu military base with senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi, in the two countries' highest-level meeting since the coronavirus pandemic sent tensions skyrocketing

MIKE POMPEO. In this file photo US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint news conference on the International Criminal Court at the State Department in Washington, DC, on June 11, 2020. Photo by Yuri Gripas/AFP

Trump signs sanctions law over China treatment of Uighurs

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:02 AM

Activists say China has rounded up at least one million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims and is forcibly homogenizing them in a brainwashing campaign with few modern precedents

A demonstrator wears a mask painted with the colours of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colours of the Chinese flag as she joins supporters of China's Muslim Uighur minority and Turkish nationalists during a anti-China protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul on October 1, 2019, on the 70th anniversary of the founding of The People's Republic of China. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

U.S. Congress ramps up China pressure over Uighur camps

May 28, 2020 - 9:52 AM

Rights groups say at least one million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in China's northwestern Xinjiang region have been incarcerated in camps in a massive brainwashing campaign with few modern parallels

MASK. A masked demonstrator attends a protest to denounce China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Top brands accused of using forced Chinese labor

Mar 02, 2020 - 3:26 PM

(UPDATED) The Australian Strategic Policy Institute says the Chinese government has transferred 80,000 or more Uighurs out of camps in Xinjiang and into factories across the country

FORCED LABOR? This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows a facility believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, north of Akto in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Uighur activists say coronavirus measures causing hunger

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:22 AM

In one video believed to have been shot last week, a man is heard shouting at officials, 'I'm starving. My wife and children are starving.'

UIGHUR MUSLIMS. A child of unknown nationality, believed to be of Uighur minority from troubled western region of China, sits in a police truck. Photo by Phuchiss Pirunla Ong/EPA

How China spies on Uyghurs in Turkey

Feb 16, 2020 - 3:47 PM

WhatsApp and WeChat are used to intimidate and surveil Uyghurs

SPYING ON UYGHURS. Illustration by Gogi Kamushadze for Coda Story.

Xinjiang’s TikTok wipes away evidence of Uyghur persecution

Feb 01, 2020 - 11:06 AM

Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, appears to have been wiped of the most compromising information about Xinjiang

U.S. lawmakers urge action on 'crimes against humanity' in China

Jan 09, 2020 - 6:40 PM

'The Commission believes Chinese authorities may be committing crimes against humanity against the Uighur people and other Turkic Muslims,' says the Congressional-Executive Commission on China

'CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.' This photo taken on September 11, 2019 shows a woman walking in an ethnic Uighur neighborhood in Aksu in the region of Xinjiang. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China took their parents: The Uighur refugee children of Turkey

Dec 31, 2019 - 12:03 PM

One school in Istanbul turns into an impromptu orphanage for Uighur child refugees, whose parents disappeared in China

CHINA TOOK THEIR PARENTS. Uighur childen attend an English lesson in a school of Silivri district in Istanbul on November 29, 2019. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

'We're next': Hong Kongers rally for China's Uighurs

Dec 22, 2019 - 6:53 PM

(UPDATED) Hong Kong riot police breaks up the solidarity rally for China's Uighurs with one officer drawing a pistol

FEAR. Protesters in Hong Kong fear of Xinjiang-style oppression by Beijing. File photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Jailed Uighur's daughter receives EU rights prize

Dec 18, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Jewher Ilham says she hopes the award of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize will help her father, sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014 for 'separatism'

TOP PRIZE. European Parliament President David-Maria Sassoli (R) stands next to Jewher Ilham, daughter of Ilham Tohti, Uyghur economist and human rights activist, holding a portrait of her father during the award ceremony for his 2019 European Parliament's Sakharov human rights prize at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on December 18, 2019. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

China warns U.S. of a 'price' for Uighur bill

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:22 PM

The latest House measure condemns the arbitrary mass detention of Uighurs and calls for closure of the re-education camps where, according to rights groups and US lawmakers, they have been held and abused

SUPPORTING UIGHURS. A demonstrator wears a mask painted with the colours of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colors of the Chinese flag as she joins supporters of China's Muslim Uighur minority and Turkish nationalists during a anti-China protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul on October 1, 2019, File photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

U.S. House passes Uighur bill urging sanctions on Chinese officials

Dec 04, 2019 - 11:03 AM

The legislation adds to tensions between the two superpowers just as they are locked in negotiations to finalize a "phase one" deal to resolve their protracted trade war

REPRESSION. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag flying over the Juma mosque in the restored old city area of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

New leak reveals how China runs Xinjiang camps

Nov 25, 2019 - 7:54 AM

(UPDATED) The documents show the strict protocols governing life in the camps in Xinjiang, where an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are held

XINJIANG. This photo taken on May 31, 2019 shows a watchtower on a high-security facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Leaked China documents reveal 'no mercy' in Xinjiang – NYT

Nov 17, 2019 - 2:08 PM

(UPDATED) It provides an unprecedented look into the highly-secretive Communist Party's controversial crackdown on Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities

CRACKDOWN. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag behind razor wire at a housing compound in Yangisar, south of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Uighur researchers say China running more camps than known

Nov 13, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The East Turkistan National Awakening Movement gives the geographic coordinates of 182 suspected 'concentration camps' where Uighurs are allegedly pressured to renounce their culture.

UIGHUR CAMPS. This photo taken on May 31, 2019 shows a watchtower on a high-security facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

United Nations members split on China's Uighur rights record

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:23 PM

China's allies counter with a statement winning even broader support, with some 54 nations backing a Belarus text heaping praise on Beijing's 'remarkable achievements in the field of human rights'

Even in death, Uighurs feel long reach of Chinese state

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:55 PM

China is destroying burial grounds where generations of Uighur families have been laid to rest, leaving behind human bones and broken tombs in the process

STANDARDIZED GRAVES. This photo taken on September 14, 2019 shows a new cemetery built on the outskirts of Aksu, Xinjiang where bodies from a destroyed Uighur graveyard were moved.  Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

U.S. curbs China officials' visas, demands end to Uighur 'repression'

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:21 AM

(UPDATED) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweets: 'China must end its draconian surveillance and repression, release all those arbitrarily detained and cease its coercion of Chinese Muslims abroad'

CHINA MUST STOP. File photo of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Arrests jump in China's Xinjiang amid crackdown

Sep 03, 2019 - 10:19 AM

One in 5 arrests made in China in 2017 took place in Xinjiang, although the region is home to just 2% of the country's population, data from the local prosecutor's office show

This photo taken on June 5, 2019 shows a "media interview area" set up near the Idkah mosque on the morning of Eid al-Fitr, when Muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan in Kashgar, in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. On the morning of Eid al-Fitr, the enormous square outside of the main mosque in Kashgar was cordoned off, with reporters forced into a "media interview area" on the outer edges of the square as worshippers filed into the mosque -- whereas in previous years devotees gathered in crowds outside GREG BAKER / AFP

China says Uighur award nomination is 'supporting terrorism'

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:15 AM

The European Court of Human Rights which will give the Vaclav Havel prize shortlists Ilham Tohti, an economics professor whom China sentenced to life in prison in September 2014 after being convicted of separatism

In this file photo, Ilham Tohti pauses before a classroom lecture in Beijing on June 12, 2010. Frederick J Brown/AFP

'Nightmare' as Egypt aided China to detain Uighurs

Aug 18, 2019 - 2:03 PM

Egypt and China sign a security memorandum focusing on 'combating terrorism' ahead of raids in Egypt in which Uighurs are questioned by Chinese officials

China says 'most' inmates in Xinjiang camps are out

Jul 30, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Alken Tuniaz, vice chairman of Xinjiang, says that 'most personnel who have received educational training have already returned to society and have returned home'

XINJIANG CAMPS. Alken Tuniaz, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Committee and vice chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, takes part in a press conference in Beijing on July 30, 2019. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Uighur leader urges G20 pressure to end China 'genocide'

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:19 PM

Rebiya Kadeer says strong world pressure is essential to free an estimated one million people, mostly ethnic Uighurs, held in internment camps in western China

REBIYA KADEER. Uighur democracy leader Rebiya Kadeer (C) speaks during a demonstration flanked by free tibet activists and Hong Kong protesters in Osaka on June 28, 2019 against a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong, during the G20 summit. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Wrecked mosques, police watch: A tense Ramadan in Xinjiang

Jun 09, 2019 - 12:52 AM

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 Uighurs and other ethnic minorities face

TIGHT WATCH. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag flying over the Juma mosque in the restored old city area of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Campuses not camps: China defends Xinjiang policies at UN

Mar 16, 2019 - 11:50 AM

China's vice foreign minister Le Yucheng says their 'training centers' are meant to educate and rehabilitate

UIGHURS. China defends their 'vocational training centers' from critics who say that one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic minorities are being held in detention centers in Xinjiang. File photo shows ethnic Uighurs at a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/ AFP

Xinjiang camps will 'gradually' disappear – China

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:13 PM

The chairman of the Xinjiang government says: 'Our education and training centers have been set up according to our needs. The students that come in to learn, it's a dynamic number that changes'

A Uighur delegate (C) attends the Xinjiang delegation meeting at the ongoing National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 12, 2019.  GREG BAKER / AFP

Missing Uighurs' kin demand 'proof of life' videos from China

Feb 13, 2019 - 4:49 PM

The campaign launches on February 12 under the hashtag #MeTooUyghur, after China released a video of a man who identified himself as Uighur poet and musician Abdurehim Heyit saying he was alive and well

#METOOUYGHUR. Screenshot from video at https://www.facebook.com/arslan.hidayat.12/videos/286904085333708/

China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet died

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:01 AM

The plight of China's Uighurs is closely followed in Turkey due to shared linguistic, cultural and religious links, and the presence of tens of thousands of ethnic Uighurs there

UIGHURS. In this file photo, Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

China's treatment of Uighurs an 'embarrassment for humanity' – Turkey

Feb 10, 2019 - 9:10 AM

Turkey calls on the international community and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres 'to take effective steps to end the human tragedy'

A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colours of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colours of the Chinese flag attends a protest of supporters of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority and Turkish nationalists to denounce China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims during a deadly riot in July 2009 in Urumqi, in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5, 2018. Nearly 200 people died during a series of violent riots that broke out on July 5, 2009 over several days in Urumqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in northwestern China, between Uyghurs and Han people. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

Muslim Pakistan says outcry over China detention camps 'sensationalized'

Dec 20, 2018 - 9:19 PM

Chinese authorities say the detention camps are 'vocational education centers'

China rights record in spotlight at U.N. review

Nov 06, 2018 - 1:39 PM

According to estimates, as many as one million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being kept in extrajudicial detention in China's fractious far western Xinjiang region

UN REVIEW. This photo taken on April 16, 2015 shows Uighurs riding through a sand storm, in China's western Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

U.S. criticizes treatment of Uighurs in latest China row

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:27 AM

The Trump administration also faces criticism at home and abroad for barring entry to citizens of several Muslim-majority countries

CONDEMNATION. US Secretary Mike Pompeo says millions of Uighurs may be 'held against their will' in so-called re-education camps subject to political indoctrination and abuses. File photo by Emmanuel DUNAND/AFP

China disputes UN report on Uighur discrimination

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:27 PM

'These comments... were based on so-called information that is yet to be verified and has no factual basis,' Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing.

UIGHUR DISCRIMINATION. Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region and asking for the closure of "re-education center" where some Uighurs are detained, during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

China denies internment of 1 million Uighurs

Aug 13, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Chinese authorities have long denied the existence of such camps despite mounting evidence from both official documents and testimonies from those who have been held in them

PROTEST. Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region and asking for the closure of "re-education center" where some Uighurs are detained, during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Muslims in China's 'Little Mecca' fear eradication of Islam

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Locals fear there is a deliberate move to eradicate Islam in Linxia, a deeply Islamic region in western China that had offered a haven of comparative religious freedom for the ethnic Hui Muslims there

LITTLE MECCA. This picture shows an ethnic Hui Muslim man standing in front of Laohuasi Mosque after Friday prayers in Linxia, China's Gansu province. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Bangkok bomb trial starts after months of delays

Nov 15, 2016 - 3:57 PM

The trial was delayed several times as the court struggled to find a suitable interpreter and rejected one provided by the defense

In this file photo, suspects in the Erawan shrine bombing in Bangkok last August 2015, identified by the ruling junta as Adem Karadag (C) and Yusufu Mieraili (back L), arrive at a military court in Bangkok on February 16, 2016. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Bangkok shrine bomb trial postponed due to missing translator

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:48 PM

The suspects sole translator is facing drug charges and is currently on the run – and the defense has been unable to secure a new translator in time

A woman worships to a statue of Lord Brahma, the Hindu God of Creation, at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, September 9, 2015. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

China restricts Ramadan fasting in Muslim region

Jun 06, 2016 - 8:10 PM

For years the ruling Communist party has banned government employees and minors from fasting in Xinjiang

epa04851605 Muslim devotees conduct morning prayers at the Niujie Mosque to mark Eid al-Fitr in Beijing, China, 18 July 2015. Muslims all over the world are celebrating the religious festival of Eid al-Fitr which signals the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

Indonesia says China wants Uighurs caught joining extremist group extradited

Apr 21, 2016 - 8:56 PM

The Uighurs were sentenced to 6 years each in 2015 for attempting to join the Islamic State linked Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen

Elite Indonesian anti-terror police from Densus 88 escort four Turks arrested on arrival at Jakarta airport on September 14, 2014. Bima Sakti/AFP

Two Chinese Uighur radicals killed in Indonesia – police

Mar 16, 2016 - 4:29 PM

The members of the mostly Muslim ethnic minority were killed in a shootout in the mountains on the island of Sulawesi

28 'terrorist group members' shot dead in China's Xinjiang – authorities

Nov 20, 2015 - 1:29 PM

The killings take place over the course of a 56 day manhunt following a deadly attack on a colliery in September

Police say local politics could still be behind Bangkok blast

Sep 28, 2015 - 8:44 PM

Strong speculation has also centered on a link to militants or supporters of the Uighurs an ethnic group who say they face severe persecution in China

File photo by EPA/Barbara Walton

Thai police seek 'Uighur' man over Bangkok bomb

Sep 12, 2015 - 8:23 PM

UPDATED Analysts have pointed towards a link with the Uighur minority from northwestern China s Xinjiang region but Thai police had – up until now – refused to confirm any such links

File photo by EPA/Barbara Walton