The high price of freedom for China’s Uighurs

Abdullah Rasul has so little contact with his family in China that it took three months for him to find out that his father was dead.Like other Uighur refugees from northwest China, Rasul, 35, who now lives in Istanbul, knows that making contact with relatives back home risks them coming under greater scrutiny from the authorities, or worse.The snippets of news he manages to receive through the restricted communication channels are terrifying, he says.Facebook is blocked in China, and relativ

28 September 2019

China is “re-educating” Muslims

At the Shu Le County Education Centre, a sprawling three-story complex in China’s far west region of Xinjiang, the dormitories feature bars on windows and doors that only lock from the outside.Inside are hundreds of minority Muslim Uighurs who have no way of leaving without an official escort, even though Chinese officials who took a group of foreign journalists around the “transformation through education” camp this week insisted they were there voluntarily.

20 April 2019