China is trying to prevent the formation of a vocal Uighur diaspora

The Economist, 28 March 2018

By the Economist – WHEN the authorities manage to lure or drag home a fugitive accused of corruption, they crow. But they are quieter about their equally successful campaign to repatriate Uighurs, a mostly Muslim ethnic group from Xinjiang, in China’s far west. Many Uighurs chafe at the growing presence of Han Chinese in their region, and at increasing restrictions on their personal and religious freedom. Some travel abroad, both to escape this repression and for more mundane reasons. A small number have become radicalised, and have launched terrorist attacks in Xinjiang and elsewhere. But in addition to hunting for fugitive extremists, China is also trying to prevent a big Uighur diaspora forming that could foment support for Uighurs in China, much as Tibetan exiles campaign to free their homeland.

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Growing Religious Persecution In China A Symptom Of Xi’s Consolidation Of Power

Forbes, 28 March 2018

By Olivia Enos – Dozens gathered in Washington, D.C., last week to commemorate the life of Li Baiguang, a well-known human rights lawyer and advocate for Christians in China. Li died on Feb. 25 under suspicious circumstancesafter being admitted to Chinese Military Hospital No. 81 complaining of minor stomach pains. This was not the first time that Li’s life was under threat.

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Xinjiang Authorities Detain Uyghurs ‘Wanting to Travel Abroad’

Radio Free Asia, 27 March 2018

 By Shohret Hoshur – Chinese authorities in Ili Kazakh (in Chinese, Yili Hasake) Autonomous prefecture have added “interest in travel abroad” to the list of reasons they are detaining ethnic Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region’s vast network of political “re-education camps” and prisons, according to an official source.

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Weekly Brief March 23rd

World Uyghur Congress, 23 March 2018

One Voice, One Step Worldwide Demonstrations Gain International Attention

Last Thursday, 15 March 2018, hundreds of Uyghurs demonstrated in cities around the world to draw attention to the Chinese government’s repression of the Uyghur people in East Turkestan and urge the international community to take action. Demonstrations were held in 15 cities in 14 countries around the world, including: the USA, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Turkey, Sweden, the UK, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, France, Finland and Japan.

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Xinjiang Authorities Targeting Uyghurs Under 40 For Re-Education Camps

Radio Free Asia, 22 March 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang are using age as one of the criteria to determine whether to detain Uyghurs in the region’s network of political “re-education camps,” as those born after 1980 are considered “violent” and “untrustworthy,” according to official sources.

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HRC37 | A strong human rights framework needs cooperation and criticism.

ISHR, 22 March 2018

By Navi Pillay – It has been 10 years since I took on one of the most challenging and most rewarding roles of my career, that of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.  I continue to follow human rights events closely even though my term ended in 2014. What is happening in the international human rights system this year, the same that we celebrate also 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, fills me with worry.

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After faces, China is moving quickly to identify people by their voices

Quartz Media, 20 March 2018

By Echo Huang – In China, officials and companies have deployed facial-recognition technology to a degree uncommon elsewhere, both commercially and—more controversially—for widespread surveillance. Now it’s the turn of voice recognition.

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China’s Trojan Horse Human Rights Resolution

The Diplomat, 22 March 2018

By Miloon Kothari – At the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), China has proposed a resolution focused on international cooperation. This could have been a positive step toward bridging the considerable gap between recognition of human rights and their implementation on the ground. With the benefit of hindsight on such resolutions at the HRC, however, such a critical linkage is far from guaranteed.

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