‘I Feel Unbearable Pain When I Think of Him’

Radio Free Asia, 10 April 2018

By Gulchehra Hoja – Munzire’s husband Elyasjan Rahman, from Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) city, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, is among 16 Uyghur students who remain unaccounted for nine months after authorities in Egypt’s capital Cairo launched a dragnet targeting more than 200 members of the ethnic minority at Beijing’s behest. Egyptian authorities claimed that the roundup was part of a bid to curb illegal immigration, although most of the Uyghurs detained were enrolled in studies at Cairo’s prestigious Al-Azhar Islamic University.

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China Is Forcing People To Download An App That Tells Them To Delete “Dangerous” Photos

Buzzfeed, 9 April 2018

By Megha Rajagopalan – Ethnic Uighurs in China’s west say they are being forced to download an app that scans cell phones for audio and video files and dispatches their information to an outside server.

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China Sends Prominent Muslim Poet For Ideological ‘Re-education’

Radio Free Asia, 9 April 2018

By Ng Yik-tung and Dai Weisen – Chinese authorities in the eastern province of Shandong have sent a prominent Muslim poet for “re-education,” but police in Jiangxi detained and searched him en route, in a move he said could be linked to his recent writings on the Uyghur ethnic group.

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Weekly Brief April 6th

World Uyghur Congress, 6 April 2018

Thousands of Uyghurs to Protest Against ‘Re-education’ Camps on April 27th in Brussels

The WUC announced in a press release this week that it will hold a large-scale march and demonstration in Brussels, Belgium on April 27th to protest against the arbitrary detention of approximately 1 million Uyghurs in ‘re-education’ camps at the hands of Chinese authorities. The demonstration is being co-organized by the World Uyghur Congress, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation.

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Congressional leaders urge U.S. to press China over reports of mass Uighur detentions

Washington Post, 5 April 2018

By Simon Denyer – The U.S. administration needs to press China harder over the detention of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uighurs in “political education centers,” including dozens of relatives of reporters working for Radio Free Asia in Washington.

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Chairs Urge Ambassador Branstad to Prioritize Mass Detention of Uyghurs, Including Family Members of Radio Free Asia Employees

US Congressional-Executive Committee on China, 4 April 2018

By CECC – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), chair and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China respectively, released today a letter sent to U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad urging him to visit the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), prioritize the issue of mass surveillance and detention of the Uyghur ethnic minority population, including the detention of family members of Radio Free Asia employees, and begin collecting information on the senior officials involved with implementing this policy for possible Global Magnitsky sanctions. 

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THE FAMILIES LEFT BEHIND: RFA’S UYGHUR REPORTERS TELL THE STORIES OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS’ DETENTIONS

Radio Free Asia,  4 April 2018

By RFA Journalists – Gulchehra Hoja, the former host and creator of a children’s TV program on the history of Xinjiang, has reported for RFA’s Uyghur Service for 17 years.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Condemns Attempts by the Chinese Government to Spread Disinformation

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

The World Uyghur Congress wishes to draw attention to ongoing efforts by the Chinese government to undermine the Uyghur people’s struggle for their basic rights by drawing false parallels to terrorism and by spreading blatant lies and misinformation. 

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