Uyghur students study at a bilingual middle school in Hotan, Xinjiang, in a file photo.

Parents and educators in Xinjiang are ordered to prevent children practicing religion, while those who do could be sent to 'special schools.'

ap showing location of Ili prefecture in Xinjiang.

An exile group says the policy is aimed at restricting the movements of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic group.

Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti celebrates his birthday on 25 October, shortly after he was awarded the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for human rights. But who is he and why is he in prison in China?


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.