The predominantly Muslim Uighur ethnic group are among the minorities targeted in what Beijing claims is a campaign to tackle unrest and separatism. The UN says a million Uighurs have been arbitrarily detained in extralegal “political reeducation camps,” whilst Human Rights Watch reports that surveillance and repression in Xinjiang has increased dramatically since 2016.


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Leaked list reveals details of over 10,000 Uyghurs detained in China’s Xinjiang province

By Laurie Chen with Eyul Deniz in Istanbul A leaked list of thousands of detained Uyghurs has helped Nursimangul Abdureshid shed some light on the whereabouts of her missing family members, who have disappeared in China’s sweeping crackdown on Xinjiang. Researchers estimate over one million Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are being held in…

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China is ‘arbitrarily detaining’ activist Zhang Baocheng, UN experts say

China is “arbitrarily detaining” anti-corruption activist Zhang Baocheng, who was arrested three years ago for allegedly “promoting terrorism”, UN experts have ruled, urging Beijing to immediately release him. In a ruling reached last November but made public by one of the plaintiffs Monday, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concluded that Zhang’s detention since…


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Does China want the US to leave Afghanistan?

By Georgia Leatherdale-Gilholy After an almost 20-year war – the US’s longest – President Biden has announced that US and NATO troops will complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan by August 31st. America’s war may be almost over, but Afghanistan’s conflict won’t be. The cycle of violence and humanitarian crises that have recently characterised the so-called…

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Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics: The right time, the right place, the right people

The 2022 Winter Olympic Games will be held in Beijing in February next year. Ahead of the announcement in 2015 of China’s successful candidacy, President Xi Jinping lauded the Games as an excellent opportunity to “boost exchanges and mutual understanding between the Chinese and other civilisations around the world.” However, since the confirmation of Beijing’s…



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