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.


H&M cuts ties with Chinese supplier over accusations of ‘forced labour’

Swedish clothing giant H&M said Tuesday it was ending its relationship with a Chinese yarn producer over accusations of “forced labour” involving ethnic and religious minorities from China’s Xinjiang province. The fashion retailer specified that it didn’t work with any garment factories in the region and that it would no longer source cotton from Xinjiang, which […]

US puts block on Chinese products from Uighur ‘forced labour’

The US announced Monday it would block a range of Chinese products made by “forced labor” in the Xinjiang region, including from a “vocational” center that it branded a “concentration camp” for Uighur minorities. “The Chinese government is engaged in systematic abuses against the Uighur people” and other minorities, said Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of […]


New Uyghur stickers foster cultural resistance on messaging platform

By Filip Noubel Emojis representing Uyghur characters and culture are now available on the messenger platform Telegram in an effort by the Uyghur diaspora in Russian-speaking countries to raise visibility. While Uyghurs living in China are experiencing unprecedented attacks on their most basic human rights, the Uyghur diaspora in Russian-speaking countries (an estimated 350,000 people mostly in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and […]

Hong Kong’s national security law reveals the depth of Beijing’s distrust

Our new national security law marks a significant turning point for Hong Kong’s relationship with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the world. The law, drafted in secret in Beijing and not shared with the people of Hong Kong until the hour after its implementation, provides sweeping powers to a new central national security office […]


Exclusive: ‘I am a Hongkonger’ – Artist Ai Weiwei on why he supports the city’s ‘brave, clever, beautiful’ protest movement

Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei made his name in visual arts, film and architecture, before his critical commentary against the Chinese government led to persecution and a trial on allegations of tax evasion. Ai moved to Berlin in 2015, and has become an outspoken advocate for migrants’ rights. During the height of the anti-extradition law […]

Author Louisa Lim: How Beijing uses intimidation to censor the Tiannanmen Massacre outside of China

Although 30 years have passed since the Tiananmen Massacre, the bloody crackdown has become increasingly sensitive for journalists stationed in China to cover. Louisa Lim, a veteran China reporter-turned-scholar, surveyed 60 current and former China-based correspondents and found that three-quarters of those who had covered the anniversary had been on the receiving end of harassment […]