Issue 30: ‘Sinicization’ of Religion

World Uyghur Congress, 14 June 2018

In the past few years, China has dramatically escalated its so-called “sinicization” of religion, a “far-reaching strategy to control, govern, and manipulate all aspects of faith into a socialist mold infused with “Chinese characteristics,”” according to the 2018 Annual Report of the US Commission of International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The strategy has increased the already overbearing restrictions on religion and religious repression of Uyghur Muslims.

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In China’s Far West, Companies Cash in on Surveillance Program That Targets Muslims

Foreign Policy, 13 June 2018

By Charles Rollet – In the far western region of Xinjiang, China has created one of the world’s most sophisticated and intrusive state surveillance systems to target the predominantly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority.

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Interview: ‘The Most Painful Part of Losing My Mother’

Radio Free Asia, 13 June 2018

Dolkun Isa, the president of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress exile group, recently learned from a close family friend that his mother, Ayhan Memet, died in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) on May 17 at the age of 78.

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Issue 29: Detentions on Religious Charges – Memet Réhim and Memet Sidiq

World Uyghur Congress, 13 June 2018

According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), state security officers in Shihezi municipality, East Turkestan, detained father-and-son religious leaders Memet Réhim and Memet Sidiq on suspicion of distributing “illegal religious materials.” RFA does not report the precise date of detention, but it appears to have occurred in or around March 2011.

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Issue 28: Religious Persecution of Buddhists and Christians

World Uyghur Congress, 12 June 2018

Uyghur Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists and Christians in China have all been subjected to religious persecution and denied their basic religious rights by the Chinese government. In an effort to prevent their from being any authority higher than that of the CCP, the Chinese government has sought to establish complete control over religious practice in China and promote, above all else, loyalty to the state.

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Issue 27: Mass Arbitrary Detention of Uyghur Muslims

World Uyghur Congress, 11 June 2018

One of the principle targets of the Chinese government’s strategy to stabilize and culturally assimilate the Uyghur population has been the practice of Islam. The mass incarceration of Uyghurs also forms part of the Party Secretary Chen Quanguo’s ‘de-extremification’ efforts in the region, which has tried to conflate the peaceful practice of Islam and any expression of Uyghur dissent with ‘extremism’ and terrorism. 

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Issue 26 – Detentions of Religious Charges – Huseyin Cell

World Uyghur Congress, 10 June 2018

Huseyin Celil was a charismatic Uyghur imam, who is currently serving a life sentence in China for ‘terrorist’ activities. The nature of the allegations against Huseyin Celil have never been specified or substantiated by the Chinese government and it is assumed that he is being punished for peaceful political activities he engaged in before he left East Turkistan. He had advocated for human rights and better representation for the Uyghur people before fleeing the country.

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Issue 25: Disappearances of Uyghur Religious Students

World Uyghur Congress, 9 June 2018

Uyghur students studying religion, especially Islam, in foreign university are particularly vulnerable to forced extradition, enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention.

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