China: Police ‘Big Data’ Systems Violate Privacy, Target Dissent

Human Rights Watch, 19 November 2017

By Human Rights Watch – The Chinese government should stop building big data policing platforms that aggregate and analyze massive amounts of citizens’ personal information, Human Rights Watch said today. This abusive “Police Cloud” system is designed to track and predict the activities of activists, dissidents, and ethnic minorities, including those authorities say have “extreme thoughts,” among other functions.

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Police in China’s Xinjiang Raid Thousands of Muslim Kazakh Homes

Radio Free Asia, 16 November 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in Tekes county in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have searched the homes of 30,000 members of the mostly Muslim Kazakh ethnic group in recent weeks, confiscating copies of the Quran, prayer mats and other religious items, RFA has learned.

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Uyghur Migrant Life in the City During the “People’s War”

Youth Circulations, 30 October 2017

By Darren Byler and Nicola Zolin – In May 2014 the Chinese state declared a “People’s War on Terror.” This war was directed at what was perceived to be the Islamic “extremism” of young Uyghur men and women. Uyghurs are a Turkic Muslim minority group that is indigenous to Chinese Central Asia, or what in colonial terms is referred to as “the New Dominion” (Xinjiang). This vast area of the nation, whose borders stretch from Tibet to Afghanistan to Mongolia, is the source of nearly 20 percent of China’s oil and natural gas. It is also a central node on China’s New Silk Road initiative, which seeks to expand China’s influence throughout Western Asia. Increasingly the eleven million Uyghurs who call the southern part of this region their homeland are seen as an obstacle in China’s vision of the future.

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Security clampdown bites in China’s Xinjiang region

Financial Times, 15 November 2017

By Emily Feng – Centuries ago merchants criss-crossed the deserts of Xinjiang, a crucial link for Silk Road trade into Central Asia and beyond. Today the Chinese region is in a state of virtual lockdown after the introduction of a sweeping new security regime that has affected virtually every aspect of daily life. 

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Amnesty says China detains 30 relatives of exiled Uighur leader

Reuters, 14 November 2017

By Ben Blanchard – Authorities in China’s far western region of Xinjiang have in recent months detained up to 30 relatives of an exiled ethnic Uighur leader, Rebiya Kadeer, rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

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China Carries Out ‘Mass Detentions’ of Ethnic Kazakhs in Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 14 November 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained hundreds of ethnic Kazakh business owners this month, freezing their bank accounts and assets pending “investigation,” RFA has learned.

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New Guidelines on Uyghur ‘Signs of Extremism’ Issued to Xinjiang Authorities

Radio Free Asia, 7 November 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are using an updated set of guidelines to detain Muslim Uyghurs on charges of religious “extremism” that now include their postures while at prayer, the color of their hair, and even how they wear their watches, according to official sources.

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Xinjiang Authorities Jail Uyghur ‘Religious Extremist’ For Scolding Son For Drinking

Radio Free Asia, 8 November 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang province have sentenced a 67-year-old ethnic Uyghur Muslim to 10 years in prison for “religious extremism,” more than a decade after he scolded his son for breaking Islamic custom by drinking alcohol, according to the man’s wife.

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