Weekly Brief August 17th

World Uyghur Congress, 17 August 2018

UN Committee to Eliminate Racial Discrimination Questions China About Re-education Camps

There were major developments this past week as the issue of China’s mass arbitrary detention of Uyghurs in internment camps made international news after the issue was brought in the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s review of China. WUC representatives attended the review of China in Geneva, Switzerland, working with NGOs and Members of the Committee to question China on its clear discrimination against the Uyghur population, including its use of internment camps, denial of religious and linguistic freedoms, and countless other issues.

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UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Outcome

World Uyghur Congress, 16 August 2018

The recent review of China by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) provided considerable exposure to the detention of at least one million Uyghurs in detention camps and widespread rights violations that some have called ‘crimes against humanity’.

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China Is Going to Outrageous Lengths to Surveil Its Own Citizens

The Atlantic, 16 August 2018

By Sigal Samuel – China has reportedly begun deploying flocks of drones disguised as birds to surveil its citizens. The drones have wings that flap so realistically they’re difficult to distinguish from actual birds. In fact, animals on the ground often can’t make the distinction, and even real birds in the sky sometimes fly alongside the drones. The robotic birds can mimic 90 percent of the movements of their biological counterparts, and they’re also very quiet, which helps them avoid detection. 

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A Call for a UN Investigation, and US Sanctions, on the Human Rights Disaster Unfolding in Xinjiang

China Change, 10 August 2018

By China Change – It is now clear, from numerous reliable sources, that shocking human rights atrocities are being perpetrated in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China (XUAR).

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Is The White House In Any Position To Help Chinese Muslims?

Pacific Standard, 15 August 2018

By Massoud Hayoun – With human rights advocates sounding alarms over China‘s mass-incarceration of its majority Muslim ethnic Uyghurs at so-called re-education camps, some worry the Trump White House’s rhetoric and policies on American Muslims make it difficult for Washington to meaningfully advocate on the Uyghurs’ behalf. Previous United States administrations had been vigilant in condemning Beijing’s rights abuses in Xinjiang.

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Chinese Landlord Rents to Uyghurs, is Arrested on ‘Terror’ Charge

Radio Free Asia, 14 August 2018

By Kurban Niyaz – Police in central China’s Henan province have arrested a Chinese landlord who rented his home to three ethnic Uyghurs without approval from the police, charging him with violating “safety precautions” under a provision of China’s Counter-Terrorism Law.

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How The World Learned China Is Holding Over A Million Muslims In Internment Camps

Huffington Post, 15 August 2018

By Akbar Shahid Ahmed – United Nations human rights experts made global headlines in a session that concluded Monday when they said they believe China is holding 1 million members of a Muslim minority group in secret prison camps.

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Canada’s quiet diplomacy imperils thousand of Uyghurs

The Globe and Mail, 15 August 2018

By Amira Elghawaby – The Canadian government should have seen this coming.

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