While Trump’s ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy sparks controversy in the US, China is detaining hundreds of thousands of legal citizens for doing nothing wrong

Business Insider, 22 June 2018

By Tara Francis Chan – The Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” border policy, which initially led to the separation of about 2,300 children from their parents who were detained for crossing the US border illegally, has sparked widespread controversy and outrage.

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Weekly Brief – June 22nd

World Uyghur Congress, 22 June 2018

WUC Calls on the International Community to Protect Uyghur Refugees on World Refugee Day

On June 20th, the WUC issued a press release highlighting the plight of Uyghur refugees and calling on the international community to protect them, marking World Refugee Day.

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US Withdrawal From UN Rights Council May ‘Boost China’s Power,’ Activists Say

Radio Free Asia, 21 June 2018

By Xi Wang and Hsia Hsiao-hwa – The U.S. government’s decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council has dealt a blow to Chinese rights activists and dissidents, who relied on its support, rights groups and activists said.

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Amnesty International, 21 June 2018

Guligeina Tashimaimaiti has not been heard from since 26 December 2017, when she returned from Malaysia to her hometown in Yili, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Her family fear that she has been detained at a re-education camp and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

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East Turkestan: “Re-education” Camps And Cultural Cleansing

Unrepresented Nations & People Organization , 21 June 2018

By UNPO – The Chinese government has placed around one million Uyghurs in “re-education” camps in an attempt to culturally cleanse the so-called Uyghur Autonomous Region of its Muslim population. As evidenced by satellite imagery, even more of these camps are reportedly being rapidly assembled.

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Reeducation Returns to China

Foreign Affairs, 20 June 2018

By Adrian Zenz  In recent months, troubling details have emerged about a sprawling network of secretive political reeducation camps in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang. Both official and leaked evidence indicates that up to one million Muslims, chiefly from the Uighur minority, have been interned without legal proceedings.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Calls on International Community to Protect Uyghur Refugees on World Refugee Day

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

In recent years, tens of thousands of Uyghurs have fled persecution by the Chinese government in East Turkistan as refugees and asylum seekers. After an often difficult and dangerous journey, many Uyghurs have been granted refuge in countries across the world, where they are active and contributing members of society.

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Uyghur Friendship Group and EPP Convene European Parliament Conference on Human Rights Situation of Uyghurs

Unrepresented Nations & People Organization , 20 June 2018

By UNPO – On 26 June 2018, from 12:30 to 14:30, the Uyghur Friendship Group in collaboration with the European People’s Party (EPP) will convene its very first meeting since its constitution. Entitled “A People Under Threat: Hundreds of Thousands of Uyghurs Arbitrarily Detained in China”, the high-level event will take place in room 2Q2, inside the European Parliament. By organising this conference, Members of the European Parliament (MEP) who are part of the Uyghur Friendship Group seek to bring to the attention of the international community the worrying developments currently occurring in the so-called Xinjiang Autonomous Region. Focusing in particular on the alarming situation in the region’s “re-education” camps as, the conference will also serve as an occasion to discuss immediate and – crucially – substantive action that the Group could take to put this issue not only on the EU’s agenda, but also raise it internationally.

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