Interview: ‘I Wanted Her to be Safe’

Radio Free Asia, 8 March 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Omer Ghoja’abdulla, an ethnic Uyghur Muslim from northwest China’s Xinjiang region, has been living in Istanbul, Turkey practicing traditional Uyghur medicine for the last three years. He lost contact with his sister, 55-year-old Oghulnisa Ghoja’abdulla, who lives in Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) prefecture’s Qaraqash (Moyu) county, more than a year ago, and only recently discovered that she is being held in one of the many political re-education camps throughout Xinjiang, where authorities have been detaining Uyghurs accused of harbouring “extremist” and “politically incorrect”thoughts since April last year. While he is unsure of his sister’s location, Ghoja’abdulla recently told RFA’s Uyghur Service that he believes she was detained by police to force him to return home, or because of her Muslim faith—two common motives for authorities targeting Uyghurs in Xinjiang, where members of the ethnic group have long complained of pervasive discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression under Chinese rule.

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Beijing is spending its way to ‘an experiment of what is possible’ to police Xinjiang’s Uyghurs

Globe and Mail, 8 March 2018

By Nathan Vanderklippe – Security spending in China’s far western Xinjiang region nearly doubled last year and now far exceeds what is spent on health care or social welfare in a place where authorities have responded harshly to threats of terrorism among the largely Muslim Uyghur population.

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PRESS RELEASE: Uyghur Women Organise Worldwide Demonstrations Through ‘One Voice, One Step’ Initiatiative

Press Release – For immediate release
8 March 2018
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The WUC is proud to support Uyghur women around the world in the ‘One Step, One Voice’ Initiative, who have organised a series of demonstrations on March 15th. The demonstrations seek bring attention to the deteriorating human rights situation in East Turkestan, especially China’s mass detention of hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs in ‘re-education’ camps, and to demand that action be taken by the international community. Demonstrations will be held in 15 cities in 13 countries around the world, including: the USA, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Turkey, Sweden, the UK, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Finland and Japan.

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Press Conference Announcement: WUC President to Speak at National Press Club in Washington D.C. on March 7th

World Uyghur Congress, 6 March 2018

On March 7th, the World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur Human Rights Project will convene a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. at 12:30 PM. The press conference will feature WUC President Dolkun Isa, who will discuss the recent announcement from INTERPOL that it had deleted the ‘red notice’ on his name after important work from the UK-based organisation, Fair Trials, showed the notice to be politically motivated and the Chinese allegations of criminality unsubstantiated.

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Chinese Police Are Demanding Personal Information From Uighurs in France

Foreign Policy, 2 March 2018

By Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian – Amid a global campaign to monitor and control the Uighur diaspora, Chinese police are demanding that Uighurs living in France hand over personal information, photos, and identity documents — and in some cases, the personal information of their French spouses.

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Urgent Action: 20 Relatives of Uighur Journalist Detained

 

Amnesty International, 1 March 2018

Approximately 20 relatives of Gulchehra Hoja, a Uighur journalist living abroad, have been detained and are at risk of torture. Based in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China, her family members are all thought to have been targeted due to Gulchehra Hoja’s work.

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A Summer Vacation in China’s Muslim Gulag

Foreign Policy, 27 February 2018

Special Correspondent – Since announcing a “people’s war on terror” in 2014, the Chinese Communist Party has created an unprecedented network of re-education camps in the autonomous Xinjiang region that are essentially ethnic gulags. Unlike the surgical “strike hard” campaigns of the recent past, the people’s war uses a carpet-bombing approach to the country’s tumultuous western border region.

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Uyghur Student in US Faces Down Chinese Threats to ‘Turn Him In’

Radio Free Asia, 27 February 2018

By Mihray Abdulim – In an incident reflecting China’s growing efforts to control political discourse in U.S. universities, a Uyghur student was recently confronted by Han Chinese classmates who threatened to report him to the Chinese embassy for voicing “separatist” views.

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