China's new mental health law to make it harder for authorities to silence petitioners

More than 9 per cent of Xinjiang's population live with mental illness, a top doctor in Urumqi (above) has said. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The director of Xinjiang's largest mental health institution has welcomed a new law, which went into effect on Wednesday, banning involuntary inpatient treatment for many people deemed mentally ill. 

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Briefs, November 19, 2012

Five children 'found dead in dumpster'

19 Nov 2012 - 4:30am

Two plane hijacking gang members die

Two of the six Uygur men who allegedly attempted to hijack a passenger plane in restive Xinjiang on Friday have died, state media reported yesterday.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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Mainland architect collects top award

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Trade push for restive Xinjiang

Further opening up the economy of Xinjiang and boosting its trade with neighbouring countries are the keys to the region's rapid development, Vice-Premier Li Keqiang said yesterday as he opened the first China-Eurasia Expo in the regional capital, Urumqi .

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

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Palates poised for China Wine Awards

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

High alert ahead of Xinjiang expo

Airports in several major mainland cities have been placed on the second-highest security alert level since Sunday amid rumours of planned suicide attacks in the restive region of Xinjiang , where a high-level trade fair will be held this week.

30 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Finger-pointing over fatal clash

Xinjiang authorities said Monday's attack on a police station in Hotan that killed four people was an act of terrorism, but overseas Uygur groups alleged that police opened fire on peaceful protesters, killing at least 20.

20 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

3 killed, 80 hurt as train hits bus

At least three people were killed and 80 others, mostly schoolchildren, were injured when a speeding train hit a fully loaded bus in Urumqi yesterday.

Xinhua quoted one witness, restaurant owner Ma Shuhua, as saying the public bus smashed through railway barriers and stopped on the tracks just after 9am after its driver lost control.

25 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Crackdown ahead of anniversary of riots

A month-long 'strike-hard' campaign has been launched in Urumqi to crack down on crime as authorities in the regional capital of Xinjiang gear up ahead of the first anniversary of deadly rioting.

19 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Hukou blitz in lead-up to Xinjiang anniversary

Authorities in the capital of the restive Xinjiang region have launched a three-month security campaign targeting non-permanent residents in the lead-up to the first anniversary of the deadly unrest that gripped the city in July last year.

14 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Urumqi drill ahead of riot anniversary

Police in Xinjiang have staged their largest anti-riot drill since deadly unrest rocked the regional capital, Urumqi, in July last year.

Beijing, apparently adopting a carrot-and-stick approach, has also launched a training programme for elite cadres around the country before sending them off to 'help with Xinjiang's development'.

12 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Beijing sets out 10-year strategy to end poverty in Xinjiang

Beijing set out a plan yesterday to revive the far western region of Xinjiang in the hope that an economic boom will end incessant ethnic strife and begin a new round of development in the remote backwater.

21 May 2010 - 12:00am

Rotating Xinjiang guard heralds a change in style

As communist cadres go, Wang Lequan and his successor Zhang Chunxian represent two extremes.

Wang, 65, earned the nickname 'the emperor of Xinjiang ' for his iron-fisted rule over the restive region, and for his fiery rhetoric.

25 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Couple held after toilet fire on flight from Urumqi

A domestic flight from Urumqi to Hubei turned into a security drama yesterday after a passenger set fire to toilet paper in the washroom, forcing the aircraft to return to the Xinjiang capital.

Xinhua said a man and a woman were arrested after the flight landed at the Diwobao International Airport in Urumqi. It did not give the identities or ethnicity of the two people.

31 Jan 2010 - 12:00am