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Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

Hundreds of Muslim clerics have been detained in China's Xinjiang region

New research has shown that amid a widespread “reeducation” effort in a region of China— which the U.S. has designated... Read more

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Jews, Muslims decry court decision backing Belgian ban on kosher, halal slaughter

Despite concern that a Belgian law bans Jewish and Muslim religious slaughter practices, a European Union court has said the... Read more

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US Supreme Court: government agents violating religious liberty liable for monetary damages

Three Muslims who claim the FBI wrongly pressured them into becoming informants on Muslim communities may seek monetary damages as... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

China claims papal critique over Uyghurs has 'no factual basis at all'

Following Pope Francis’ mention in passing of the Uyghurs as persecuted in a new book, the Chinese foreign ministry said... Read more

CCTV surveillance cameras in Tiananmen Square.

US religious liberty ambassador calls out China for using tech to suppress religion

The U.S. will be working against the use of technology to suppress religious minorities, the religious freedom ambassador announced this... Read more

Uyghurs learn gardening at reeducation camp in Moyu County, Hotan Prefecture, Xinjiang.

Uyghur detention centers in Xinjiang expanding, researchers find

Researchers at an Australian think tank have found that re-education camps for Muslims in China's Xinjiang region have expanded in... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

Xinjiang officials admit large drop in birth rate, attribute it to family planning

The government of China's Xinjiang autonomous region has acknowledged that birth rates there fell by nearly a third in 2018,... Read more

US senators join criticism of Disney for filming Mulan in Xinjiang

At least two U.S. Senators have joined the chorus of outrage against The Walt Disney Company after the company revealed... Read more

Supporters of a religious group march during a rally in support of Khalid Khan, who killed a man accused of blasphemy, in Peshawar, July 31, 2020.

American on trial for blasphemy killed at court hearing in Pakistan

A U.S. citizen on trial for blasphemy in Pakistan was killed at a court hearing Wednesday, drawing strong objections to... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

US sanctions Chinese officials over abuses of Uyghurs in Xinjiang

The Trump administration announced Thursday that it is putting travel and asset sanctions on several senior officials of the Chinese... Read more

Islamists in Pakistan protest the appointment of an Ahmadi as government adviser in Lahore, Sept. 7, 2018.

Pakistan minorities commission excludes Ahmadi religious group

 Pakistan’s government has declined to include the Ahmadi religious group in its National Commission for Minorities, drawing attention to the... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

Leak from Xinjiang shows some Uyghurs are detained for family size

A leaked document from a county in China's northwest details the personal information of some 3,000 Uyghurs. It gives violation... Read more

German court reverses school's niqab ban

A court in Germany overturned Monday a school’s ban on niqabs, ruling that Hamburg law does not allow educational authorities... Read more

India's Gujarat Congress Chief, along with Gujarat Congress supporters, protest the government's Citizenship Amendment Bill in Ahmedabad, Dec. 11, 2019.

India's Citizenship Amendment Bill dismays US religious liberty commission

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is expressing concern about a controversial bill which passed India’s legislature Wednesday enshrining... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

China defends detention of Muslims in Xinjiang

The Chinese government is defending its policy of mass detention and re-education of Muslims in the country's northwest as an... Read more

A display of CCTV products from Hikvision at the Smart China Expo in Chongqing, Aug. 29, 2019. Hikvision was among the firms blacklisted by the US government this week.

US blacklists Chinese groups over repression of Uighurs

The US Commerce Department on Monday added 28 Chinese organizations to a blacklist barring them from buying products from US... Read more

US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan co-hosts an event on 'The Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang' in New York City, Sept. 24, 2019.

International reactions to Chinese detention of Muslims remain mixed

As China's detention of Muslims of the country's northwest in re-education camps continues, few countries are openly denouncing the practice... Read more

Shohrat Zakir, deputy secretary of the CPC Committee and chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, speaks at a press conference in Beijing, July 30, 2019.

Chinese officials claim most Xinjiang detainees have been released

Government officials from China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region said Tuesday that the area's re-education camps for Muslims have been successful,... Read more

Uighurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

China continues to rebut Western claims about repression of Uighurs

An article published Wednesday in a state-run paper from mainland China repeated government talking points regarding the situations of the... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

US religious freedom ambassador laments widespread silence on Uyghurs

Islamic countries should be more vocal in criticizing China's mistreatment of the Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnoreligious group, the US ambassador-at-large... Read more