September 5, 2009 |
Five people died in three days of unrest this week in Urumqi, Deputy Mayor Zhang Hong said Friday. Han Chinese massed in the city -- the capital of China's northwestern-most province, Xinjiang -- to protest what they considered authorities' inaction on hundreds of reported stabbings with hypodermic needles as well as on trials of ethnic Uighurs charged in July rioting that killed about 200, mostly Han. Police with tear gas broke up the...
October 21, 2009 |
The Supreme Court agreed today over the objections of the Obama administration to hear a new appeal from Guantanamo Bay prisoners and decide whether a judge has the power to order the release of a detainee who is not a dangerous "enemy combatant." A ruling on this issue could complicate the administration's already troubled plans for closing the Guantanamo prison. Until now, the government and some lower courts have maintained a judge cannot force the release of a Guantanamo prisoner, even one who has won his legal appeal in a court hearing.
April 29, 2013 |
BEIJING -- State media on Monday released the identities of the victims of last week's deadly ethnic confrontation in western Xinjiang region, as authorities indicated that they had made more arrests and uncovered evidence further linking the violence to terrorism. The clash last Tuesday between police and Uighur residents on the outskirts of Kashgar left 21 people dead, including 15 police and neighborhood security officers whose names and photos were made public by CCTV. The identities of the remaining six, described as “mobsters” by government media, were not disclosed and presumed to be Uighurs.
July 14, 2009 |
Police fatally shot two Uighur men and wounded a third in western China, where violence has persisted despite the massive numbers of troops sent to restore calm after ethnic rioting. It is the first time the Chinese government has acknowledged its security forces opened fire since the riots erupted in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region, on July 5. At least 184 people have been reported killed and 1,680 wounded in the unrest between Uighurs and Han Chinese, the country's ethnic majority.
October 24, 2010 |
Reporting from Urumqi, China ? Almost invariably when visitors approach the middle-aged woman enshrined in a climatized exhibit case in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Museum, they pause and do a double take. What gets the most attention is her nose: high-bridged, slightly hooked, the sort of nose that reminds you of Meryl Streep. Then a little gasp. " Weiguoren!" (A foreigner!), one young woman exclaimed to her friends. They were touring the museum earlier this month on a Chinese public holiday.
April 16, 1997 |
Eid al-Adha, the Festival of the Sacrifice, begins at sundown tonight, coinciding with the final observances of the Mecca pilgrimage. Like the pilgrims, observant Muslims around the world who can afford to do so will sacrifice an animal in memory of the sacrifice of Abraham or buy meat, preferably lamb, slaughtered according to Muslim law.
February 23, 2009
Abetting the unfairness of the U.S. treatment of inmates at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, a federal appeals court has ruled that the government may continue to imprison 17 Chinese Muslims even though it no longer considers them enemy combatants.
April 4, 2008 |
Police have arrested 70 people from China's minority Uighur ethnic group in the Silk Road oasis city of Kashgar, fearing trouble when the Olympic torch passes through it in June, an exile group said. The Xinjiang regional government's news office denied the reported arrests, and an officer at Kashgar's police headquarters said he knew nothing, but residents said security had been tightened ahead of August's Summer Games in Beijing. Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, a Munich, Germany-based exile group that seeks independence for the ethnic group in Xinjiang, said the authorities were using the Olympics as an excuse to crack down on the Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighurs.
July 31, 1988 |
Ancient racial and religious hatreds still simmer in this remote oasis city on China's fabled Silk Road, ruled from Beijing but geographically and culturally closer to Turkey. Han Chinese hold most leading Communist Party posts in the region despite being outnumbered by Muslim Central Asians, some blue-eyed and auburn-haired, whose resentment of the settlers from the east has contributed to Kashgar's bloody history.
June 12, 2009 |
At Chopsticks, a restaurant one block from the beach on the island of Bermuda, waitress Kelly Simmons said diners were talking about one thing on Thursday. Uighurs. And, Simmons said, the customers were not happy. "They're saying, 'The government doesn't help us, but they're helping these strangers.' " Simmons, 20, said she wished Bermuda residents had been given a say in their government's decision to accept four Chinese Muslim detainees from the U.S. military facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.