January 12, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Authorities in Urumqi, capital of the far-west Chinese province of Xinjiang, issued a new law Wednesday banning the wearing of burqas in public. Xinjiang, home to China's minority ethnically Turkic Muslim Uighurs, has been the site of significant ethnic unrest including recent attacks by Uighur ...[read more]
May 28, 2014
by Addison Morris
Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang on Tuesday held a public rally at a sports stadium for the mass sentencing of criminals, in which 55 individuals were sentenced before a crowd of 7,000 people. While three received death sentences for crimes including "violent terrorism," other ...[read more]
January 2, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Tuesday that three Uighur Muslim detainees were transferred to Slovakia from the Guantanamo Bay military prison. The detainees, Yusef Abbas, Saidullah Khalik and Hajiakbar Abdul Ghuper, were the last three members of the Chinese ethnic minority being ...[read more]
April 20, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
The Pentagon announced on Thursday that two Uighur detainees were released from the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay to be transferred to El Salvador, where they have chosen to resettle. They are being released pursuant to a 2008 order by the US District Court for the District of Columbia. An ...[read more]
February 13, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On February 13, 2010, the US Supreme Court ordered the Obama administration to file briefs in response to Switzerland's acceptance of asylum for two Uighur detainees housed at Guantanamo Bay. The Swiss accepted the detainees after the Supreme Court granted certiorari to decide if the judicial ...[read more]
February 18, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 18, 2009, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed an October 2008 district court order that would have provided for the release of 17 Uighur Guantanamo Bay detainees into the US. Lawyers for the detainees had argued that the Uighur's continued ...[read more]
October 7, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On October 7, 2008, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the release 17 Uighur detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, ruling that the Constitution forbids their indefinite detention without cause. Judge Ricardo Urbina gave the government until the ...[read more]
July 23, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
A Chinese court on Friday convicted a Uighur journalist of endangering national security for statements made following the 2009 Xinjiang riots. The Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi sentenced Gheyret Niyaz, editor of uighurbiz.net and two state-run websites, to 15 years in prison after the ...[read more]
May 28, 2010
by Sarah Miley
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday refused to order a new evidentiary hearing in the case of five Chinese Muslim Uighurs detained at Guantanamo Bay. Instead, in a per curiam decision, the court reinstated its original opinion, which gives political branches ...[read more]
March 24, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha v. Regal-Beloit Corporation, the court heard arguments on whether the Carmack Amendment to the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 applies to the inland rail transportation of goods in the US that originate out ...[read more]

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