Issue 28: Religious Persecution of Buddhists and Christians

World Uyghur Congress, 12 June 2018

Uyghur Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists and Christians in China have all been subjected to religious persecution and denied their basic religious rights by the Chinese government. In an effort to prevent their from being any authority higher than that of the CCP, the Chinese government has sought to establish complete control over religious practice in China and promote, above all else, loyalty to the state.

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Uyghur pop star detained in China

FREEMUSE, 11 June 2018

By Rachel Harris – The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China is currently undergoing a wave of oppression, largely shielded from the outside world. Ostensibly aiming to ‘crack down on Islamic extremism’, the Xinjiang government has imposed sweeping restrictions on freedom of expression, movement and association, enforced by invasive surveillance, arrests and executions.

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The WUC Notes the Passing of Ayxan Memet, Mother of WUC President Dolkun Isa

World Uyghur Congress, 11 June 2018

It is with our deepest sadness and sympathies, that we note the passing of Ayxan Memet, mother of WUC President, Dolkun Isa, who passed away on May 17th, 2018, at the age of 78.

News only reached family members outside of East Turkistan early this morning, June 11th, nearly a full month later, making worse already tragic circumstances. Mr. Isa has not been able to see his mother or any other family members for the past 24 years after he was forced to flee the country in 1994.

Mrs. Memet, born in 1940 in Aksu prefecture, East Turkistan, was under very close surveillance for more than two decades and wished that she would be able to see her son one last time, but the wish would not be realised.

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Issue 27: Mass Arbitrary Detention of Uyghur Muslims

World Uyghur Congress, 11 June 2018

One of the principle targets of the Chinese government’s strategy to stabilize and culturally assimilate the Uyghur population has been the practice of Islam. The mass incarceration of Uyghurs also forms part of the Party Secretary Chen Quanguo’s ‘de-extremification’ efforts in the region, which has tried to conflate the peaceful practice of Islam and any expression of Uyghur dissent with ‘extremism’ and terrorism. 

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Uyghur Man Buried Amid Strict Security After Latest Xinjiang Reeducation Camp Death

Radio Free Asia, 11 June 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Family members of Abdulreshit Seley Hajim buried the 65-year-old Uyghur businessman under the close scrutiny of Chinese security officials this week, nine months after he was put in a political reeducation camp, his brother told RFA’s Uyghur Service.

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Issue 26 – Detentions of Religious Charges – Huseyin Cell

World Uyghur Congress, 10 June 2018

Huseyin Celil was a charismatic Uyghur imam, who is currently serving a life sentence in China for ‘terrorist’ activities. The nature of the allegations against Huseyin Celil have never been specified or substantiated by the Chinese government and it is assumed that he is being punished for peaceful political activities he engaged in before he left East Turkistan. He had advocated for human rights and better representation for the Uyghur people before fleeing the country.

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Issue 25: Disappearances of Uyghur Religious Students

World Uyghur Congress, 9 June 2018

Uyghur students studying religion, especially Islam, in foreign university are particularly vulnerable to forced extradition, enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention.

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Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in China

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), 9 June 2018

By STP –  The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accuses the states that are taking part in the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in China of excluding and deliberately ignoring human rights issues. “Acute human rights problems in the relationship between individual member states are being hushed up. For example, Kazakhstan is reluctant to address the persecution of the Kazakh minority in China.

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