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China charges prominent Uygur professor Ilham Tohti with separatism

Economics Professor Ilham Tohti. Photo: AFP

Authorities in China’s restive far western region of Xinjiang have charged a prominent ethnic Uygur professor with separatism, his wife and lawyer said on Tuesday, in a case which has attracted concern in the United States and Europe.

Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, 11:27pm

Uygur street children across China need more support, say activists

Will these children playing on a street in Hotan, Xinjiang end up beggars too? Photo: Edward Wong

The prevalence of Uygur street children from Xinjiang in cities across the mainland is fuelling tensions between Uygyurs and Han Chinese, according to researchers, who say more social and economic support is needed to help tackle the problem.

12 Nov 2013 - 2:50am 6 comments

Xinjiang needs careful study

Houses destroyed in a violent clash in Kashgar. Photo: AP

Ethnic tensions in the far western autonomous region of Xinjiang have again flared into violence. In the worst single incident since rioting between Muslim Uygurs and Han Chinese six years ago left 197 people dead, last week 15 community workers and police were among 21 killed in a clash involving knives, axes and the burning down of a house.

29 Apr 2013 - 2:06am 1 comment

Fatal clash in Xinjiang shows cadres lack crisis awareness, analysts say

Fatal clash in Xinjiang shows cadres lack crisis awareness, analysts say

Nine officials, six police officers and six ethnic Uygurs died in the incident on Tuesday afternoon in a town in Bachu county, Kashgar prefecture, about 1,200 kilometres southwest of the provincial capital, Urumqi, said Hou Hanmin, a Xinjiang government spokeswoman.

29 Apr 2013 - 5:22am

US presses China on Uygur rights after unrest

The United States on Wednesday urged China to safeguard the rights of its Uygur minority and carry out a transparent probe of the latest violence in which 21 people died.

State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell called on China to “take steps to reduce tensions and promote long-term stability in Xinjiang”, the vast and ethnically divided western region.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am