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Australia calls on China to let Uighur mother and son leave

Sydney - Australia's government on Wednesday called on China to allow an Australian child and his Uighur mother to leave the country, stepping up pressure on Beijing days after Canberra co-signed a letter denouncing its treatment of the Muslim minority.

As China locks up Muslims in Xinjiang, it opens its doors to tourists

Kashgar - From the expansive dunes of the Taklamakan Desert to the snow-capped peaks of Tianshan, Chinese authorities are selling troubled Xinjiang as a tourist idyll, welcoming travellers even as they send locals to internment camps.

Erdogan says people live happily in Xinjiang: Chinese state media

Bejing - Chinese state media have said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told President Xi Jinping that ethnic minorities live happily in Xinjiang, in what would be a stark reversal of Ankara's past criticism of Beijing's crackdown in the region.

Malaysian minister criticised for Uighur camp visit

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's religious affairs minister came under fire Monday for describing a camp in China where ethnic Uighurs are held as a "vocational and training institution" during a visit.

Fake tourists and car crashes: How China blocks reporters in Xinjiang

Kashgar - The three men were so busy staging a fake car crash they failed to notice the very people they were trying to block: foreign journalists heading towards one of China's notorious internment camps.

Belgium says will work toward giving visas to Uighur family in China

Bejing - Belgium says it is working toward providing visas to a Uighur family that went missing after being escorted out of its embassy in Beijing last month under murky circumstances.

Wrecked mosques, police watch: A tense Ramadan in Xinjiang

Hotan - The corner where Heyitkah Mosque in China's restive Xinjiang region once hummed with life is now a concrete parking lot where all traces of the tall, domed building have been erased.

US praises Kazakhstan over Uighur rights

Washington - The United States on Thursday praised Kazakhstan for not turning back Uighurs fleeing neighboring China, which has rounded up an estimated one million people from the mostly Muslim ethnic group.

Uighur leader urges pressure on China as he receives US award

Washington - An exiled Uighur leader called for more concerted international pressure on China to end its mass detention of the ethnic group as he received a US award.

Wrecked mosques, police watch: A tense Ramadan in Xinjiang

Hotan - The corner where Heyitkah Mosque in China's restive Xinjiang region once hummed with life is now a concrete parking lot where all traces of the tall, domed building have been erased.

EU urges China to 'change situation' in Xinjiang

Bejing - The European Union has urged China to "change" the situation in Xinjiang, an EU diplomat said Thursday, as the bloc seeks to visit the northwest region where an estimated one million mostly Muslim minorities are held in internment camps.

Xinjiang surveillance app targets legal, everyday behaviour: rights group

Fpo - Chinese authorities are using a mobile app designed for mass surveillance to profile, investigate and detain Muslims in Xinjiang by labelling "completely lawful" behaviour as suspicious, a Human Rights Watch report said Thursday.

China defends Xinjiang crackdown after UN chief raises issue

Bejing - China Tuesday rejected "any interference" in its internal affairs after UN chief Antonio Guterres raised the plight of ethnic Uighurs in the restive Xinjiang region during a visit to Beijing.

China using AI to identify Uighurs across China: NYT

Fpo - Chinese authorities are using a vast system of facial recognition technology to track its Uighur Muslim minority across the country, according to a story in the New York Times.

Diplomats, activists decry Chinese 'threats' at UN rights council

Geneva - Diplomats and activists on Monday denounced intense Chinese lobbying, pressure and even threats to rein in criticism of Beijing during last month's session of the UN Human Rights Council.

China slams US criticism of Muslim treatment as 'absurd'

Bejing - China on Thursday hit back at criticism from the United States' top diplomat who called its treatment of Muslims "shameful hypocrisy" after speaking with a former prisoner from a Chinese detention camp.

Pompeo blasts China 'shameful hypocrisy' on Muslims

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday denounced China's "shameful hypocrisy" over its treatment of Muslims as he met a former prisoner and relatives who recounted abuses as part of Beijing's widespread detention of its Uighur minority.

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.
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