China is secretly imprisoning close to 1 million people — but they’ve left 2 big pieces of evidence behind

Business Insider, 30 May 2018

By Tara Francis Chan – In the northwest Chinese region of Xinjiang, many locals read endlessly, write often, and sing loudly.

But not by choice.

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Issue 15: “Anti-Terror” Law Regional Implementation Measures

World Uyghur Congress, 30 May 2018

Following the passage of China’s draconian “Anti-Terror” Law in 2016, more specific measures were written and passed for East Turkistan targeting Uyghurs. The law describes “extremism” as the cause of terrorism but fails to provide a definition of what this means in practice. Extremism may simply include wearing religious clothing or encouraging others to join religious activities. The measures allow for broad interpretation and has already led to the arrest of Uyghurs for peaceful religious practice.

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Uyghur Student Missing, Believed Detained After Return From Malaysia University

Radio Free Asia, 30 May 2018

By Gulchehra Hoja – A young Uyghur woman has gone missing after returning to her home in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) from studying abroad in Malaysia, and is believed to be detained in a “political re-education camp,” according to her Germany-based sister.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Confirms Death in Custody of Yet Another Uyghur Religious Scholar Abdulehed Mehsum

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

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) condemns the death in custody of yet another Uyghur religious scholar, which was reported by relatives early this week. 88-year old Abdulnehed Mehsum died while being held in a political indoctrination camp in Hotan prefecture in November 2017, though the death was not reported until May 27, 2018.

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Issue 14: China’s “Anti-Terror” Law

World Uyghur Congress, 29 May 2018

China followed through on many of its promises to “crackdown” on terrorism—particularly in East Turkestan in 2016. Scholars reported as early as 2005 and 2006 that China was indeed developing a framework for a counter-terror law, but it wasn’t until 2014 that the government began to slowly reveal its intentions of drafting full-fledged legislation on the subject—likely a direct response to an increase in violent incidents in the region that year as a first draft was published on November 3.

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Issue 13: China Linking Peaceful Religious Practice to Terrorism

World Uyghur Congress, 28 May 2018

China continues to use the ostensible threat of terrorism as a justification for its severe curbs on religious and cultural practices and restrictions on freedom of movement. Despite legitimate counter-terror strategies taken by governments interested in reducing violence, the terrorist threat has also been taken as a unique opportunity to quell legitimate domestic opposition under its guise.

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Issue 12: Uyghurs’ Smartphones Checked for Religious Content

World Uyghur Congress, 27 May 2018

In clear connection between freedom of expression and movement, Uyghurs are very often stopped and searched by police and are forced to hand over their smartphones. Their phones are then checked for “religious content” deemed unacceptable and are often detained. Simply possessing religious videos or texts can now land Uyghurs in prison on extremism charges. Others have been arrested for trying to “illegally access websites” with religious content.

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Issue 11: Detentions on Religious Charges – Abdukerim Abduweli

World Uyghur Congress, 26 May 2018

Abdukerim Abduweli, born in Aksu Prefecture in 1955, is a renowned Islamic scholar and Imam who was initially arrested on November 17th, 1990 on charges of “carrying out counter-revolutionary propaganda and agitation” related to religious activities by the Urumqi city Intermediate People’s Court.

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