Gene A. Bunin: How the “Happiest Muslims in the World” are Coping with Their Happiness

Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia, 31 July 2018

By Gene A. Bunin – It was about a year ago that I first walked into Karim’s restaurant, intending to write about it as part of the food guide I was putting together about Uyghur restaurants in inner China. While my travels for this project would result in my visiting close to 200 restaurants in over 50 Chinese cities, Karim’s was one that left a particularly good impression.

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China to Require All Places of Worship to Fly The National Flag, Expanding Xinjiang Policy

Radio Free Asia, 2 August 2018

By RFA Uyghur Service –State-sanctioned religious associations in China have proposed a measure that would require all places of worship to fly the national flag, according to state media, in an expansion of a similar policy enforced on mosques in the largely Muslim Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) last year that drew strong criticism from the main Uyghur exile group as an attack on freedom of belief.

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Chinese Surveillance Expands to Muslims Making Mecca Pilgrimage

Wall Street Journal, 1 August 2018

By Eva Dou – China’s close watch over its Islamic minority is being extended abroad, as Muslims from some Chinese regions make the Hajj pilgrimage wearing state-issued tracking devices.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Welcomes Kazakh Court Decision Not to Deport Asylum Seeker to China

Press Release – For immediate release
1 August 2018
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

The WUC was encouraged today’s decision by court in Kazakhstan to not extradite Sayragul Sauytbay, an ethnic Kazakh from East Turkistan who had sought asylum in Kazakhstan after fleeing Chinese authorities. She was initially held on charges of illegally crossing the border into Kazakhstan after she fled East Turkistan where she being forced to teach Chinese history to detainees in political indoctrination camp.

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Kazakh court frees woman who fled Chinese re-education camp

The Guardian, 1 August 2018

By Lily Kuo – A Chinese national who gave rare public testimony about China’s secretive “re-education” camps in Xinjiang will be allowed to stay in Kazakhstan, where she has applied for asylum.

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The Overlooked Human Rights Crisis Unfolding in China’s Xinjiang Province

Heritage, 26 July 2018

By Brian Hillier & Olivia Enos – A few weeks ago, we Americans celebrated our independence and first freedoms—including freedom of thought, religion, and speech.

One freedom little remembered, but ever so important, is enshrined in our Declaration of Independence. It is the freedom from “quartering,” which liberated Americans from providing food and housing to occupying British soldiers.

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Bitter Winter, 16 July 2018

By Bitter Winter – Since spring 2017, Chinese authorities have increased their suppression efforts against Islam, demolishing innumerable mosques and sending Muslims to re-education camps.

Recently, a Bitter Winter reporter visited the sites of six demolished mosques in the city of Kumul, discovering that while some remnants could still be found at one of the sites, the other five had already been leveled, disappearing without a trace.

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