Human Rights in China

A damaged surveillance camera is seen at Tai Koo MTR station in Hong Kong on Oct. 3.

China’s Surveillance State Has Tens of Millions of New Targets

So-called key individuals, from drug addicts to religious believers, are singled out in police databases.

A park in Xinjiang.

Xinjiang Backlash Is Hitting Chinese Firms Hard

The United States has slapped sanctions on companies tied to Chinese repression. That may be just the start.

Nur Iman holds a picture of her father in front of the White House in Washington in September.

I Was a Model Uighur. China Took My Family Anyway.

Beijing says it’s releasing people from the camps. So where are my parents?

A Uighur woman stands beside a propaganda painting showing soldiers meeting with a Uighur family, outside a military hospital near Kashgar in China's northwest Xinjiang region on July 2, 2019.

The World Bank Was Warned About Funding Repression in Xinjiang

A school supported by the $50 million loan purchased barbed wire, gas launchers, and body armor.

Travelers stand near the international departures area at the airport in Beijing on Feb. 6, 2016.

China’s Dissidents Can’t Leave

Exit ban numbers are hitting new highs as politics tightens.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after an official welcoming ceremony in Beijing on July 2.

Muslim Leaders Are Betraying the Uighurs

The Trump administration has done more for the millions in camps than any Islamic leader.

Political cartoonist Badiucao reveals his face in a self-portrait in April.

China’s Rebel Cartoonist Unmasks

Badiucao's work has brought him praise from critics — and threats from Beijing.

Photos gathered from social media and friends of the ethnic Kyrgyz students gone missing in China.

Kyrgyz Students Vanish Into Xinjiang’s Maw

Musicians, folklorists, and storytellers disappear after being forced back to China.

Quotes from the Quran decorate the walls outside the mosque in Mamichang village in Yunnan province, China, on Jan. 4. (Li Yuwei for Foreign Policy)

Love Allah, Love China

Chinese Muslims are struggling to follow their faith amid a growing crackdown.

Military cadets carry portraits of Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China, in Taipei, Taiwan, to mark National Day on Oct. 10, 2001. (Tao-Chuan Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

The Chinese Communist Party Is Still Afraid of Sun Yat-Sen’s Shadow

A relentless war on free spaces for Chinese exiles stems from past revolutions.

Gulnur Kosgeulet shows a photo of her husband, Ekpor Sorsenbek, whom she believes is in a re-education camp in Xinjiang, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Jan. 21. (Reid Standish for Foreign Policy)

Kazakhs Won’t Be Silenced on China’s Internment Camps

Activists are speaking out for those imprisoned in Xinjiang—even if their own government doesn’t like it.

A family visits the National Stadium, also known as the “Bird's Nest,” constructed for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, on Dec. 26, 2018. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

Beijing’s Olympics Paved the Way for Xinjiang’s Camps

The 2008 games were supposed to help liberalize China. Instead the party learned it could get away with anything.

Sayragul Sauytbay sits inside a defendants' cage during a hearing at a court in Zharkent, Kazakhstan, on July 13, 2018. (Ruslan Pryanikov/AFP/Getty Images)

She Fled China’s Camps—but She’s Still Not Free

Sayragul Sauytbay, the only person to have worked inside an internment camp in Xinjiang and spoken publicly about it, now faces an uncertain future in Kazakhstan.

Mihrigul Tursun (right) speaks at the National Press Club in Washington on Nov. 26, 2018. Through a translator, Tursun, a member of China’s Uighur minority, said she spent several months in detention in China where she was beaten, tortured, and given unknown drugs. (Maria Danilova/AP)

The Chinese Communist Party Always Needs An Enemy

Xinjiang's detainees are the latest victims of a deep insecurity.

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig (left) and Canadian Michael Spavor. (AP)

Xi Jinping, Release These Men

The detention of Canadian citizens on spurious charges by Beijing sends a dangerous message.

Hanna Barczyk illustration for Foreign Policy

China’s #MeToo Activists Have Transformed a Generation

A small group of feminists has shifted attitudes—and prompted harsh pushback.

Chinese police patrol a night market near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region on June 25, 2017, a day before the Eid al-Fitr holiday. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

China Is Violating Uighurs’ Human Rights. The United States Must Act.

Much of the world has turned a blind eye to Beijing’s abuses. Washington cannot remain silent in the face of an elaborate campaign of repression and religious discrimination.

A Trump supporter holds up a sign during an  anti-sharia law rally organized by ACT for America on June 10 2017 in New York.
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China’s Most Popular App Is Full of Hate

WeChat groups have become a major vector for anti-Muslim conspiracy theories.

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It’s Time to Get Loud About Academic Freedom in China

American schools should pull out of partnerships with schools that persecute students.

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