Is The White House In Any Position To Help Chinese Muslims?

Pacific Standard, 15 August 2018

By Massoud Hayoun – With human rights advocates sounding alarms over China‘s mass-incarceration of its majority Muslim ethnic Uyghurs at so-called re-education camps, some worry the Trump White House’s rhetoric and policies on American Muslims make it difficult for Washington to meaningfully advocate on the Uyghurs’ behalf. Previous United States administrations had been vigilant in condemning Beijing’s rights abuses in Xinjiang.

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China denies detaining a million Uighurs but admits some re-education

Sydney Morning Herald, 14 August 2018

By Stephanie Nebehey – China has rejected allegations raised by a United Nations panel that 1 million Uighurs may be held in internment camps in the restive Xinjiang region, but said that some people underwent re-education after being deceived by extremists.

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China Denies It’s Detaining Up to One Million Muslims in Camps

Wall Street Journal, 13 August 2018

By Eva Dou and Josh Chin – China disputed allegations that it is holding as many as one million Muslim ethnic minorities in internment camps, instead calling the camps vocational schools in rare comments before a United Nations panel in Geneva.

A senior Chinese official told the U.N. panel Monday that such camps, referred to in Chinese government documents as “re-education centers,” were for “criminals involved only in minor offenses” to help them learn vocational skills and to reintegrate them into society.

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China flat out denies the mass incarceration of Xinjiang’s Uyghurs as testimonies trickle out

Quartz, 13 August 2018

By Isabella Steger – For months, foreign media have relentlessly reported on the mass incarceration and cultural suppression of China’s Muslim Uyghur minority in the far western Xinjiang region—allegations that Beijing just vehemently denied in a global forum for the first time.

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China says claims 1 million Uyghurs put in camps ‘completely untrue’

CNN, 13 August 2018

By James Griffiths and Ben Westcott – China has vociferously defended its human rights record at the United Nations, after accusations were made that more than a million Uyghur Muslims have been imprisoned in political reeducation camps.

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World Uyghur Congress, 10 August 2018

WUC Representatives Attending Meetings in Geneva For The 96 Session of CERD of China

From 8-16 August, WUC representatives are attending the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s review of China in Geneva, Switzerland to draw attention to China’s systemic racial and ethnic discrimination being perpetrated against the Uyghur people by the Chinese government. The WUC has drafted a parallel report to be considered during the session.

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World Uyghur Congress, 27 July 2018

US Government Holds Hearing on Human Rights Crisis in East Turkistan

This week, Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), convened a hearing on the Surveillance, Suppression, and Mass Detention: Xinjiang’s Human Rights Crisis. The hearing looked at the serious and deteriorating human rights situation faced by Uyghurs, examined the Chinese government’s efforts to build the world’s most advanced police state in East Turkistan and explored policy options to address these issues within U.S.-China relations.

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Weekly Brief – July 20

World Uyghur Congress, 20 July 2018

World Uyghur Congress Held Uyghur Youth Advocacy Training Workshop in Istanbul

From July 13-15, 2018, the WUC held a successful Uyghur youth advocacy training workshop in Istanbul, Turkey. The workshop brought together many interested Uyghur participants eager to speak and eager to learn about how they can contribute to the Uyghur cause. 

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