Urumqi, in China’s Xinjiang region. The area has long been home to experiments in Internet surveillance and censorship. Credit Goh Chai Hin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The Chinese government is shutting down the mobile service of residents in Xinjiang who use software that lets them circumvent Internet filters, escalating an already aggressive electronic surveillance strategy in the country’s fractious western territory.

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China continues to lump terrorist groups and peaceful activists together — and to censor media coverage of both.

Uighur women protest against the Chinese government in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region Getty

It is clear that large-scale oppression by China of the Uighurs has been under way for years


The Uyghur American Association (UAA) organized a demonstration in front of China's embassy in Washington, DC on February 5, 2014 to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre. At the event, the Uyghur Human Rights Project conducted an interview with Ilyar Shamseden, originally of Ghulja, about the history of the massacre.