Crackdown: The report on Uigher protests that broke relations between China and Australia
Ilham Tohti, an economics professor at Beijing's Minzu University, was sentenced to life in prison by a Chinese court.
Ilham Tohti is charged with separatism and faces a possible life sentence.
Here is an 8' trailer to the 122 minute epic documentary of the lives of Ashiq, the Uyghur bards who live in the southern borders of the Taklamakan Desert of far west China.
The short film Battle (above, with English subtitles) offers viewers a perspective of Uyghur life in major Chinese cities outside of Xinjiang. Having lived in Northwest China for extended periods, it was striking to see how evocative it is of life for Uyghurs outside of their homeland.
Deadly Xinjiang clash occurs as the police harass Uyghur women
Dr. Elena Caprioni from the University of Toronto discusses the current state of Han-Uighur relations in Xinjiang, China.
Almost three quarters of all people arrested in China for "endangering state security" last year came from the western Xinjiang Province, according to report from an American Dui Hua Foundation. The province, which boarders Afghanistan a number of former Soviet Muslim republics, has seen ethnic tensions raise in recent years between the Han Chinese and indigenous Uyghur Muslim groups.