Ilham Tohti, a well-known Uighur and a moderate critic of Beijing's policy towards the country's Muslim minority, was found guilty of "separatism" and sentenced to life in prison last September, despite the fact that he has always worked to improve relations between Uighurs and Han Chinese and is against breaking up the country. A profile by Thomas LatschanMore
The number of reports of murders, attacks and unrest from the Chinese province of Xinjiang has been on the rise for months. The province's Uighur population has long complained about being disadvantaged in religious, cultural and social terms. The authorities claim unspecified "terrorists" are responsible for the violence, but the public almost always remains in the dark about the true background to the attacks. By Ulrich von Schwerin.More
Idyllic gardens, legendary princesses and mythical beasts: ancient artefacts that show 8000 years of early Persian history are now making their debut for the first time outside Iran. The German exhibition reveals the origins of present-day Iran.