U.S. Weighs Sanctions Against Chinese Officials Over Muslim Detention Camps

New York Times, 10 September 2018

By Edward Wong — The Trump administration is considering sanctions against Chinese senior officials and companies to punish Beijing’s detention of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Uighurs and other minority Muslims in large internment camps, according to current and former American officials.

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Escape from Xinjiang: Muslim Uighurs speak of China persecution

Al Jazeera, 10 September 2018

By Ted Regencia – In April 2017, Tarim, a 48-year-old businessman from Urumqi, the capital of China’s Muslim Xinjiang region, received a phone call from the police summoning him to their offices in Aksu prefecture, 900km to the southwest.

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“Eradicating Ideological Viruses” China’s Campaign of Repression Against Xinjiang’s Muslims

Human Rights Watch, 9 September 2018

By Maya Wang – The Chinese government has long carried out repressive policies against the Turkic Muslim peoples in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in northwest China.

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China Is Detaining Muslims in Vast Numbers. The Goal: ‘Transformation.’

New York Times, 8 September 2018

By Chris Buckley – On the edge of a desert in far western China, an imposing building sits behind a fence topped with barbed wire. Large red characters on the facade urge people to learn Chinese, study law and acquire job skills. Guards make clear that visitors are not welcome.

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Chinese Authorities Continue to Destroy Mosques in Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 7 September 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Uyghurs in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region say that authorities are continuing a campaign to destroy mosques as part of a wider crackdown on their religion, contradicting a recent comment by a Chinese diplomat that the region has more mosques per capita than other countries.

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WEEKLY BRIEF SEPTEMBER 7

World Uyghur Congress, 7 September 2018

Uyghur Family of Four in Sweden at Risk of Imminent Deportation to China

A Uyghur family of four has had their asylum claim denied several times in Sweden and are now at significant risk of being imminently deported to China where they most likely would be subjected to serious human rights violations including enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention and torture.

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Authorities Detain Uyghur Editor-in-Chief, Directors of Xinjiang Daily Newspaper

Radio Free Asia, 5 September 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have arrested the Uyghur deputy editor-in-chief and three Uyghur directors of the Xinjiang Daily accused of being “two-faced” officials, according to sources from the state-run newspaper.

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Why Americans Should Care About the Uyghurs

The Public Discourse, 5 September 2018

By Jennifer S. Bryson – A terrifying human disaster is currently unfolding in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region—which is now anything but autonomous. Americans need to pay attention to what is happening in Xinjiang for at least two reasons. First, it is a humanitarian tragedy. Second, America has multiple strategic interests in the way this conflict unfolds.

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