Uyghur Inmates Suffer Health Complications Due to Neglect in Xinjiang Detention Centers

Radio Free Asia, 18 January 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Amid a campaign of arrests that has led to serious overcrowding in area political detention centers, authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region are neglecting the health of Uyghur inmates, according to sources familiar with the cases.

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China testing facial-recognition surveillance system in Xinjiang – report

The Guardian, 17 January 2018

By Tom Phillips – Chinese surveillance chiefs are testing a facial-recognition system that alerts authorities when targets stray more than 300 metres from their home or workplace, as part of a surveillance push that critics say has transformed the country’s western fringes into a high-tech police state.

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China bans Muslim children from Quran classes

Al Jazeera, 17 January 2018

By Al Jazeera – Chinese government authorities have banned Muslim children from attending religious events during winter break, in a county in western China that is mostly populated by Muslims.

The notification for the ban has been posted online by the education bureau, as authorities step up their suppression of religious freedoms.

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Rights Groups Call For Ilham Tohti’s Release on Fourth Anniversary of His Arrest

Radio Free Asia, 17 January 2018

By Richard Finney – Rights activists and Uyghur advocacy groups today renewed their calls for the release from prison of Uyghur academic and blogger Ilham Tohti, who was arrested four years ago on charges of promoting separatism and is now serving a life term behind bars.

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A police state in Xinjiang in which moderate voices are silenced is not what China needs to achieve stability

SCMP, 17 January 2018

By Roseann Rife – Four years ago this week, the renowned Uygur economist Ilham Tohti was detained by Chinese authorities and eventually sentenced to life in prison for separatism. Commentators predicted that the authorities intended to initiate a severe crackdown in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region to head off growing ethnic tensions and silence moderate voices. They were right; the region is now a virtual police state.

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PRESS STATEMENT: European Parliament Members Call On Bulgarian Government Not To Deport Uyghur Asylum Seekers To China

European Parliament Members Press Statement16 January 2018

We, in our capacity as Members of the European Parliament, urge the government of the Republic of Bulgaria not to deport to China five Uyghur asylum seekers currently detained in the Lyumbimets Detention Centre in Bulgaria. If urgent action is not taken, there are substantial grounds for believing that there is a real risk of irreparable harm if they are forcibly returned to China, including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance or torture on account of their Uyghur ethnicity.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Calls Attention to the Continued Detention of Prominent Uyghur Professionals

Press Release – For immediate release
16 January 2018
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress remains gravely concerned over the detention of prominent Uyghur physician and academic, Halmurat Ghopur, who was reportedly arrested in November 2017 and taken to an unknown location on alleged “acts against the state.” Ghopur’s arrest comes at a time of particular uncertainty and anxiety over the Chinese government’s escalating campaign rounding up Uyghurs not adhering to increasingly narrow and acceptable forms of behaviour from the Communist Party.

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Chinese Authorities Arrest Intellectual Amid Crackdown on Prominent Uyghurs

Radio Free Asia, 12 January 2018

By Kurban Niyaz – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have arrested a prominent Uyghur intellectual for exhibiting “nationalistic tendencies,” according to a source in exile, amid an intensifying crackdown on notable members of the ethnic group.

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