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
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

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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‘No Sign’ of Kazakh Imam Scheduled For Release From Prison in July

Radio Free Asia, 9 August 2017

Reported by Qiao Long – An ethnic minority imam in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang has failed to reappear following the end of his jail sentence handed down a year ago for “engaging in illegal religious activities,” sources in the region told RFA on Wednesday.

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Xinjiang Authorities Sentence Uyghur Scholar to 10 Years in Prison

Radio Free Asia, 10 August 2017

By Shohret Hoshur  Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have sentenced a prominent Uyghur theological scholar sponsored by the country’s state-sanctioned Islamic Association to 10 years in prison following his return from Egypt, according to local sources.

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China’s New Security Concern – The Kazakhs

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, 8 August 2017

By Galym Bokash, Ruslan Medelbek & Nurtai Lakhanuly – Relations between Kazakhstan and China have been good for more than two decades now.

The two neighboring countries have what could easily be described as excellent economic ties, with trade between them totaling billions of dollars annually.

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