China Detains 12-Year-Old Uyghur Boy on Return to Xinjiang From Egypt

Radio Free Asia, 24 July 2017

By Shoret Hoshur — Authorities in China’s northwest Xinjiang region forced a 12-year-old ethnic Uyghur boy to undergo political reeducation and have detained him since arresting his parents, who returned home from Egypt to “register” themselves with the government nearly five months ago, according to official sources.

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Detained Uyghur Students Held by Egypt’s Intelligence Service

Radio Free Asia, 19 July 2017

By Jilil Kashgary — Ethnic Uyghur students detained in Egypt for deportation to China are being held by the country’s national intelligence service, according to an activist, as a human rights group said the agency’s involvement is a clear indication that Beijing had ordered the roundup.

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China Orders Xinjiang’s Android Users to Install App That Deletes ‘Terrorist’ Content

Radio Free Asia, 14 July 2017

By Qiao Long— Authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have ordered local residents to install an app on their cell phones that will monitor their activity for “terrorist” content, local sources told RFA on Thursday.

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China Launches Racial Profiling Campaign to Assess Uyghurs’ Security Risk

Radio Free Asia, 14 July 2017

By Eset Sulaiman — Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have launched a racial profiling campaign to assess the security threat posed by non-Han Chinese majority residents of the capital Urumqi, with points automatically docked for members of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority, according to a local official.

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Open Letter from USCIRF Vice Chair Sandra Jolley to Gulmira Imin on the 8th Anniversary of Her Arrest

USCIRF, 14 July 2014

Dear Gulmira:

I write to you as July 14th comes to an end. On that day eight years ago, as you know all too well, Chinese government officials arrested you. While this open letter may never reach you, I want you to know that as a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, I am ardently advocating on your behalf. Whenever I look at the face of my daughter, who is only a few months older than you, I think of the injustice of your imprisonment and feel my resolve grow even stronger to help see that you are released.

You are in prison unjustly, serving a life sentence on false charges of “splittism,” leaking state secrets, and organizing an illegal demonstration. Your only “crime” is being a young leader of the Uighur Muslim community who, along with other members of your community, peacefully protested the deaths of Uighur migrant workers in Guangdong Province. Your family was not even notified of your arrest. They feared that you had been killed until they saw you in prison garb in a TV documentary about the demonstrations.

I am deeply concerned about the Chinese government’s increasing restrictions on members of the Uighur Muslim community. These restrictions reflect a tragically wrong and flawed policy. Instead of respecting Uighur Muslims’ freedom of religion or belief, the government unacceptably represses your community, targeting many under the rubric of countering what it alleges to be religious and other violent extremism. Instead of welcoming you into a pluralistic fabric of Chinese community life, the government marginalizes, persecutes, and represses you and other Uighur Muslims.

As I advocate for your freedom, I think of my own family and community and the agony I would feel if I were separated from them. Gulmira, I hope you stay strong. I am committed to working on your behalf so that you can be reunited with your family and community. I look forward to the day when you are free.

With deepest respect,

Sandra Jolley

Written by USCIRF Vice Chair Sandra Jolley

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Thailand Facing Dilemma Over Fate of Ethnic Uighurs

Voice of America, 14 July 2014

By Ron Corben — Thailand is facing a renewed dilemma over the fate of more than 60 ethnic Uighur asylum seekers amid reports of pressure by China for the group’s return.

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Human rights in China going in ‘negative direction’: internal Canadian government report

The Globe and Mail, 12 July 2017

By Mike Blanchfield — Respect for human rights in China has declined over the past two years with crackdowns on media and political dissent being notable problems, says an internal Canadian government report.

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Sweeping counter-terrorism measures in China’s Xinjiang ‘creating huge police state’

Agence France-Press, 13 July 2017

By APF — Worshippers quietly passed through metal detectors as they entered the central mosque in China’s far western city of Kashgar under the stern gaze of stone-faced police officers. 

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