Chinese Censorship Hits the Middle East

Raddington Report, 15 August 2017

By Neil Thompson – A deal between Beijing and the increasingly despotic Erdogan regime in Turkey is raising fears of a new phase of Chinese political influence, in which Chinese soft power is used to persuade foreign governments to allow the same type of pro-Beijing censorship that constricts the Chinese internet in their own countries.

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China is Forcing Uighurs Abroad to Return Home. Why Aren’t More Countries Refusing to Help?

China File, 14 August 2017

By Jessica Batke – The campaign began quietly. Students studying abroad were told to return home. Many did, and their classmates didn’t hear from them afterwards. For those who needed extra incentive to get moving, police detained their families back home. Finally, the ones who refused to comply were rounded up by force.

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US slams China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia for religious repression

CNN, 15 August 2017

By Nicole Gaouette and Laura Koran – The State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom was highly critical of a number of countries, including China and Saudi Arabia, a key US ally.

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Chinese Muslim Dissidents Remain Protected In EU, But For How Long?

Forbes, 16 August 2017

By David Hutt – Dolkun Isa was on his way to speak at Italy’s Senate late last month when he was stopped by the police and detained for a number of hours. Isa is considered a terrorist by Beijing but in 2006 he was given German citizenship. Today, he is the General Secretary of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC), an advocacy group that, it says, represents “the collective interest of the Uyghur people,” many of whom demand independence from China.

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Press Release: WUC Alarmed at Recent Uyghur Language Ban in Hotan Schools

Press Release – For immediate release
14 August  2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress is appalled by the recent decision of Hotan authorities to completely ban the Uyghur language at all education levels up to and including secondary school. The ban shows the extreme lengths at which the Chinese government is willing to go to fully assimilate the Uyghur population in East Turkestan as well as the artificial nature of the so-called “bilingual education” system.

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Xinjiang’s police hiring binge comes from party boss’s Tibet playbook

South China Morning Post, 14 August 2017

By Nectar Gan – It’s been almost a year since Communist Party rising star Chen Quanguo took the reins of Xinjiang, China’s Uygur heartland, and police jobs have seen an explosive surge. In the past 11 months, more security staff jobs have been advertised than the combined total over the last decade, latest research has revealed.

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Weekly Brief August 11th

World Uyghur Congress, 11 August 2017


China Targets Kazakh Ethnic Group

A number of reports this week further indicate that Chinese authorities in are increasingly targeting the Kazakh minority in East Turkestan. The Kazakhs are Turkic people and predominately Muslim, like the Uyghurs, who also constitute a sizable ethnic group in China, with between 1.25-1.5 million reportedly living in East Turkestan.

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Italian Politicians Call on Parliament to Explain Uyghur Exile Leader’s Detention

Radio Free Asia, 10 August 2017

By Alim Seytoff – Three Italian politicians called on both houses of Italy’s parliament last week to explain why the leader of a prominent Uyghur exile association was detained on July 26 by a special unit of the Italian police at the time of a human rights conference, and to say how Italy plans to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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