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China 'invites' EU diplomats to visit Xinjiang

Bejing - China said Thursday it had invited European diplomats to visit the restive northwest region of Xinjiang, where Beijing is accused of rights abuses against the ethnic Uighur Muslims.

China says nearly 13,000 'terrorists' arrested in Xinjiang

Bejing - China on Monday defended its controversial security crackdown in the fractious far west region of Xinjiang, saying nearly 13,000 "terrorists" have been arrested there since 2014.

Xinjiang camps will 'gradually' disappear: China

Bejing - A Chinese official on Tuesday rejected international criticism of internment camps in the restive Xinjiang region, calling them job training centres that will "gradually disappear" if "one day society no longer needs it".

Kazakh rights defender arrested over Xinjiang activism

Almaty - Kazakh police on Sunday arrested an activist who has campaigned for victims of China's re-education drive in Xinjiang, sealing his informal group's office and taking its computers.

From camps to factories: Muslim detainees say China using forced labour

Almaty - As Gulzira Auelkhan toiled stitching gloves in a factory in China's troubled Xinjiang region, her managers made no secret of where her production would be sold.

China data leak exposes mass surveillance in Xinjiang

Bejing - A Chinese technology firm has compiled a range of personal information on 2.6 million people in Xinjiang -- from their ethnicity to locations -- according to a data leak highlighting the wide extent of surveillance in the restive region.

Families of missing Uighurs demand 'proof of life' videos from China

Bejing - Ethnic Uighurs have launched a global campaign to press China for video proof that their missing relatives are alive, turning the tables on Beijing's use of video to counter claims that a renowned Uighur had died in custody.

China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet died

Bejing - China hit back on Monday at Turkish criticism over its treatment of Uighurs and denied Ankara's claim that a renowned poet from the Muslim minority had died in custody, calling it an "absurd lie".

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

Ankara - Turkey on Saturday condemned China's treatment of its Muslim ethnic Uighur people as "a great embarrassment for humanity," adding to rights groups' recent criticism over mass detentions of the Turkic-speaking minority.

Rights groups urge UN to probe China crackdown in Xinjiang

Geneva - Rights groups urged the United Nations Monday to send investigators to China's northwestern Xinjiang province to probe the mass detainment of ethnic Uighur and other Muslim minorities.

China says EU tour of restive region gave 'objective' insight

Bejing - China said Tuesday a recent EU delegation visit to the far-west region of Xinjiang could enhance "objective understanding" of its controversial anti-terrorism campaign as it faces global criticism over mass detentions there.

Central Asians cry out over China's secret detention camps

Bichkek - Asyla Alymkulova fights back tears in her home in Kyrgyzstan as she recalls the first time she heard her husband was whisked away to one of the notorious internment camps in neighbouring China's troubled Xinjiang region.

Australian FM raises Xinjiang interment camps on China visit

Bejing - Australia's foreign minister raised China's internment of Uighur minorities in Xinjiang at a meeting with her Chinese counterpart on Thursday as Beijing comes under increasing international scrutiny over its controversial security policy.

China grilled over internment camps, civil rights at UN review

Geneva - China faced harsh criticism over its rights record during a review before the United Nations on Tuesday, with countries voicing alarm at the country's mass detainment of ethnic Uighurs and its crackdown on civil liberties.

China rights record in spotlight at UN review

Geneva - China's mass detainment of ethnic Uighurs and its crackdown on civil liberties will likely figure high on the agenda Tuesday when countries meet at the UN in Geneva to review Beijing's rights record.

China faces grilling over internment camps at UN review

Bejing - China will be grilled over its mass detainment of Uighur minorities during a UN human rights review on Tuesday, with Washington leading demands for Beijing to come clean on how many people are held in a sprawling network of camps.

Inside China's internment camps: tear gas, Tasers and textbooks

Bejing - On state television, the vocational education centre in China's far west looked like a modern school where happy students studied Mandarin, brushed up their job skills, and pursued hobbies such as sports and folk dance.

China rolls out PR push on Muslim internments

Bejing - China on Tuesday issued an ardent defence of the alleged mass internment of minorities in its far west Xinjiang region, with a regional official insisting that authorities are preventing terrorism through "vocational education" centres.

China says US seeks to 'disturb' Xinjiang policies

Bejing - China on Thursday accused the United States of seeking to "disturb" its security policies after a US congressional report said Beijing's mass internment of Muslim minorities may constitute "crimes against humanity".

China launches anti-halal crackdown in Xinjiang city

Bejing - Chinese authorities have launched a campaign against halal products in the name of fighting extremism in the capital of Xinjiang, the fractious northwest region where Muslims are facing a raft of religious restrictions.

Kazakhstan denies asylum to China 're-education camp' whistleblower

Moscow - Ex-Soviet Kazakhstan has refused asylum to an escaped Chinese national whose court testimony helped expose a secretive network of re-education camps in China's restive Xinjiang region, her lawyer said Friday.

Kazakh families torn apart in China's Xinjiang crackdown

Almaty - When he looks back on his youth in China's far-west Xinjiang region, Akikat Kaliolla, an ethnic Kazakh, recalls the place's natural beauty and the big, colourful weddings typical of his majority-Muslim community.

China disputes UN report on Uighur discrimination

Bejing - China on Friday took issue with a UN report that called on Beijing to release ethnic Uighurs detained "under the pretext" of counterterrorism, saying its findings had "no factual basis".

China denies internment of 1 mn Uighurs

Geneva - China vehemently denied Monday allegations that one million of its mostly Muslim Uighur minority are being held in internment camps, insisting all ethnic groups in the country are treated equally.

Arrests skyrocketed in China's Muslim far west in 2017

Bejing - Arrests skyrocketed by more than 730 percent last year in China's far-western Xinjiang as the government ramped up a security crackdown in the traditionally Muslim region, activists said Wednesday.

'Eradicate the tumours': Chinese civilians drive Xinjiang crackdown

Bejing - The civilian group descended on the village under government instructions to "win the people's hearts", but it also had a darker mission: identifying and punishing threats to the Chinese state.

Chinese police in restive Xinjiang to track cars by GPS

Bejing - A prefecture in China's restive Xinjiang region has ordered all vehicles to be equipped with GPS-like tracking software, police and media reports said Tuesday, as authorities step up an "anti-terrorism" campaign.

Some Uighurs fighting and dying in Syria: exiled leader

Toukyo - An exiled advocate for China's ethnic Uighur minority said Monday that some of the group were fighting and dying in Syria -- including for Islamic State (IS) -- though she claimed they had been duped into doing so.

Some Uighurs fighting and dying in Syria: exiled leader

Toukyo - An exiled advocate for China's ethnic Uighur minority said Monday that some of the group were fighting and dying in Syria -- including for Islamic State (IS) -- though she claimed they had been duped into doing so.

Some Uighurs fighting and dying in Syria: exiled leader

Toukyo - An exiled advocate for China's ethnic Uighur minority said Monday that some of the group were fighting and dying in Syria -- including for Islamic State (IS) -- though she claimed they had been duped into doing so.
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