Chinese Police Add Facial-Recognition Glasses to Surveillance Arsenal

Washington Post, 8 February 2018

By Josh Chin – As hundreds of millions of Chinese begin traveling for the Lunar New Year holiday, police are showing off a new addition to their crowd-surveillance toolbox: mobile facial-recognition units mounted on eyeglasses.

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Mandatory Indoctrination Classes For Unemployed Uyghurs in Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 7 February 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, are forcing unemployed Uyghur males to attend political indoctrination classes to ensure they avoid “activities that affect social stability,” according to official sources.

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Threat of Re-Education Camp Drives Uyghur Who Failed Anthem Recitation to Suicide

Radio Free Asia, 5 February 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – A Uyghur resident of Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, committed suicide after he was threatened with detention in a political re-education camp because he was unable to recite the national anthem in Chinese instead of his native Uyghur language, according to officials.

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What It’s Like to Live in a Surveillance State

New York Times, 2 February 2018

By James Millward – Imagine that this is your daily life: While on your way to work or on an errand, every 100 meters you pass a police blockhouse. Video cameras on street corners and lamp posts recognize your face and track your movements. At multiple checkpoints, police officers scan your ID card, your irises and the contents of your phone. At the supermarket or the bank, you are scanned again, your bags are X-rayed and an officer runs a wand over your body — at least if you are from the wrong ethnic group. Members of the main group are usually waved through.

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PRESS RELEASE: 21 Years After the Ghulja Massacre Uyghurs Facing Unprecedented Persecution

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

The World Uyghur Congress commemorates the 21st anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre in which hundreds of peaceful Uyghur protesters were killed by Chinese state security forces in early February 1997. The date remains a watershed moment in terms of the treatment of Uyghurs in East Turkestan by the Chinese government, who would use excessive force to violently break up any form of demonstration since then.

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China: Families of Interpol Targets Harassed

Human Rights Watch, 31 January 2018

By HRW Chinese authorities should immediately stop harassing and detaining family members of corruption suspects living abroad to compel their return to China, Human Rights Watch said today. The global police organization Interpol and foreign governments should reject China’s misuse of Interpol’s “red notice” system, which alerts governments to people sought for arrest.

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Event Announcement: WUC to Hold Conference and Youth Training Seminar in Oslo, Norway

Press Release – For immediate release
31 January 2018

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

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) under the co-sponsorship of the Norwegian Uyghur Committee and the Rafto Foundation, and with support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) will convene a youth training seminar that will take place in Oslo, Norway, from March 16 -18, 2017.

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WUC to Hold Conference on ‘Religious Freedom and Cultural Values Under Siege’ in Washington D.C.

World Uyghur Congress, 31 January 2018

On 26 February 2018, the World Uyghur Congress in cooperation with the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), the Uyghur American Association (UAA) and the Unrepresented Nations and peoples organisation (UNPO) will hold a conference in Washington D.C. entitled ‘Religious Freedom and Cultural Values Under Siege’. The event will be held in the U.S. Congress in the Canon House Office Building and will last from 10:30 – 12:30. This conference will bring together U.S. officials and policy makers, human rights activists, academics and representatives from the Uyghur diaspora to discuss the rapidly deteriorating situation in East Turkestan and what concrete steps can be taken to address the urgent situation there.

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