Issue 8: Destruction of Mosques

World Uyghur Congress, 23 May 2018

Mosques have sadly been at the forefront of repressive policies from the Chinese government targeting the Uyghur people’s freedom of religion. Mosques are places of worship and form the centre of religious life for Uyghur Muslims, but they have come under heavy restrictions, or have been demolished entirely.

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China’s Bingtuan paramilitary force tightens grip on Xinjiang

Financial Times, 22 May 2018

By Emily Feng – In Hotan county, in the south-west of China’s remote Xinjiang region, where once there was only barren desert, rows of trees have taken root, bearing red dates and pomegranates.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Urges German Chancellor Merkel to Publicly Raise Mass Internment of Uyghurs During China Visit

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

In anticipation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s official visit to China from 24-25 May, the WUC strongly urges the German government to publicly raise China’s abysmal human rights record, especially the mass arbitrary detention of 1 million Uyghurs, when meeting with Chinese officials.

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Issue 7: Uyghurs Imprisoned for Religious Reasons – Part 1: Buzainafu Abudourexiti & Abdusemet Qarihaji

World Uyghur Congress, 22 May 2018

As part of the WUC’s campaign to highlight the religious persecution of Uyghurs during Ramadan, the WUC will also draw attention to Uyghurs who have been imprisoned for their religious beliefs or for peacefully practicing their religion.

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Uyghur Schoolchildren, Parents Forced to Abstain From Fasting During Ramadan

Radio Free Asia, 21 May 2018

By Gulchehra Hoja – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are forcing Uyghur students and their parents to sign pledges that they will not fast during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan in a bid to further undermine the religious traditions of the mostly Muslim ethnic group.

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Popular Uyghur Singer’s Whereabouts Unknown, Believed Detained in Xinjiang Re-Education Camp

Radio Free Asia, 18 May 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – A Uyghur pop star in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), who had worked to bridge the divide between his ethnic group and the country’s Han Chinese majority, is missing and believed detained in a “political re-education camp,” according to sources.

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World Uyghur Congress, 21 May 2018

In April 2017, the Chinese government implemented a raft of restrictive measures targeting religious freedom, including banning Uyghur men from growing long or “abnormal” beards and Uyghur women from wearing Islamic veils.

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Weekly Brief May 18th

World Uyghur Congress, 18 May 2018

Academics and Journalists Shine Light on Mass Arbitrary Detention of Uyghurs

A number of important academic reports and journalist articles were published this week which highlight the mass arbitrary detention of Uyghurs in so-called ‘re-education’ camps (a more accurate label would be indoctrination camps or concentration camps) and provide details about of the horrific things those detained in the camps are subjected to.

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