Xinjiang Rapidly Building Crematoria to Extinguish Uyghur Funeral Traditions

Radio Free Asia, 26 June 2018

By Gulchehra Hoja – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are rapidly constructing crematoria staffed by dozens of security personnel, according to local officials, amid concerns over the eradication of ethnic Uyghur funeral traditions.

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More Than Two Dozen Uyghurs From One Xinjiang County Perished in Re-Education Camps

Radio Free Asia, 27 June 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – More than two dozen Uyghurs have died in “political re-education camps” in one county of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), according to officials from the area, who said most were elderly detainees that succumbed to complications from high blood pressure.

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China takes surveillance to new heights with flock of robotic Doves, but do they come in peace?

South China Morning Post, 26 June 2018

By Stephen Chen – The idea might seem far fetched, but robotic birds are very much a reality, and China has been using them to surveil people across the country.

Sources told the South China Morning Post that more than 30 military and government agencies have deployed the birdlike drones and related devices in at least five provinces in recent years.

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While Trump’s ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy sparks controversy in the US, China is detaining hundreds of thousands of legal citizens for doing nothing wrong

Business Insider, 22 June 2018

By Tara Francis Chan – The Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” border policy, which initially led to the separation of about 2,300 children from their parents who were detained for crossing the US border illegally, has sparked widespread controversy and outrage.

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Weekly Brief – June 22nd

World Uyghur Congress, 22 June 2018

WUC Calls on the International Community to Protect Uyghur Refugees on World Refugee Day

On June 20th, the WUC issued a press release highlighting the plight of Uyghur refugees and calling on the international community to protect them, marking World Refugee Day.

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US Withdrawal From UN Rights Council May ‘Boost China’s Power,’ Activists Say

Radio Free Asia, 21 June 2018

By Xi Wang and Hsia Hsiao-hwa – The U.S. government’s decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council has dealt a blow to Chinese rights activists and dissidents, who relied on its support, rights groups and activists said.

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Amnesty International, 21 June 2018

Guligeina Tashimaimaiti has not been heard from since 26 December 2017, when she returned from Malaysia to her hometown in Yili, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Her family fear that she has been detained at a re-education camp and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Calls on International Community to Protect Uyghur Refugees on World Refugee Day

Press Release – For immediate release
20 June 2018
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

In recent years, tens of thousands of Uyghurs have fled persecution by the Chinese government in East Turkistan as refugees and asylum seekers. After an often difficult and dangerous journey, many Uyghurs have been granted refuge in countries across the world, where they are active and contributing members of society.

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