Rights Groups Demand Uyghur Scholar’s Freedom on Anniversary of Life Sentence

Radio Free Asia, 25 September 2017

By Joshua Lipes – Rights groups have called for international pressure on China’s government to unconditionally release Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti on the third anniversary of his sentencing to life in prison for “separatism” after he spoke out in support of equal rights and greater autonomy for members of his ethnic group.

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Egyptian Authorities Forcibly Disappear 16 Uyghur Students From Notorious Prison

Radio Free Asia, 25 September 2017

By Gulchehra Hoja – Egyptian authorities have released up to 25 of more than 100 Uyghur students from northwestern China’s Xinjiang region who were detained earlier this year in the country’s notorious Tora Prison, though armed police put black hoods on 16 others and took them away, three recently released Uyghurs said.

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Letter from HRW To Interpol Secretary General Stock

Human Rights Watch, 24 September 2017

Re: Concerns Regarding Interpol and China

Dear Secretary General Jürgen Stock,

Human Rights Watch is an independent non-governmental organization that monitors and reports on human rights in more than 90 countries around the world. We have been reporting on and advocating solutions to human rights abuses in China for more than 30 years.

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Chen Quanguo: The Strongman Behind Beijing’s Securitization Strategy in Tibet and Xinjiang

China Brief, 21 September 2017

By Adrian Zenz & James Leibold – Over the last year, Chen Quanguo (陈全国) has dramatically increased the police presence in Xinjiang by advertising over 90,000 new police and security-related positions. [1] This soldier-turned-politician is little known outside of China, but within China he has gained a reputation as an ethnic policy innovator, pioneering a range of new methods for securing Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rule over Uyghurs, Tibetans and other ethnic minorities in western China.

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Emboldened China Wields Its Laws to Silence Critics From Abroad

New York Times, 20 September 2017

By Steven Lee Myers and Chris Horton – On the morning he disappeared, the activist Lee Ming-cheh crossed from Macau into mainland China to meet with democracy advocates.

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Uyghur Woman Handed 10-Year Prison Term Over Headscarf Claim

Radio Free Asia, 20 September 2017

By Shohret Hoshur A Chinese court in the country’s northwestern Xinjiang region has jailed a young Uyghur woman for 10 years over claims by a friend that she had promoted the wearing of headscarves, a form of Islamic dress increasingly restricted by Chinese authorities, sources say.

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China Tightens Controls on Religious Activity, Targets Ethnic Groups

Radio Free Asia, 14 September 2017

By Xin Lin – The ruling Chinese Communist Party has intensified government control over religious activities ahead of a key political meeting next month, sparking fears of further human rights violations targeting religious believers and ethnic minority groups.

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China’s new campaign to instil official historical narrative in Xinjiang

South China Morning Post, 14 September 2017

By Nectar Gan – Yu Zhengsheng, the party’s fourth-ranking official who is in charge of religion and ethnic minorities, presided at a high-level meeting in Beijing this week to address “several historical issues” regarding the restive region, official news agency Xinhua reported.

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