Uyghur Teenager Dies in Custody at Political Re-Education Camp

Radio Free Asia, 16 March 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – A teenage Uyghur boy detained for traveling overseas has died of unknown causes at a political “re-education camp” in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, according to local authorities.

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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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Weekly Brief March 2nd

World Uyghur Congress, 2 March 2018

20 Relatives of Uyghur Journalist Detained

This week it was widely reported that 20 relatives of Gulchehra Hoja, a journalist working at Radio Free Asia, who were still living in East Turkestan were detained by Chinese police and sent to ‘re-education’ camps. Gulchehra has worked for Radio Free Asia’s Uyghur service for 17 years and has reported extensively on the numerous human rights violations being perpetrated by the Chinese government against the Uyghur people. The arrest of her relatives was likely done in retaliation to her efforts to draw attention to these issues.

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Weekly Brief February 23rd

World Uyghur Congress, 23 February 2018

WUC Celebrates Uyghur Language on International Mother Languages Day

The WUC marked the occasion of the UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day by issuing a press release celebrating the Uyghur language and drawing attention to the threats posed to it by assimilatory policies by the Chinese authorities, especially the Uyghur language ban in all levels of education in the Hotan prefecture. 

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‘Gulmira Imin Must Not be Forgotten’

Radio Free Asia, 16 February 2018

By Mamatjan Juma and Alim Seytoff – Gulmira Imin, a former government employee and administrator of the Uyghur-language Salkin web site in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang, is now nearing the start of her eighth year of a life sentence in prison following her conviction on charges of ethnic separatism.

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Chinese Police Add Facial-Recognition Glasses to Surveillance Arsenal

Washington Post, 8 February 2018

By Josh Chin – As hundreds of millions of Chinese begin traveling for the Lunar New Year holiday, police are showing off a new addition to their crowd-surveillance toolbox: mobile facial-recognition units mounted on eyeglasses.

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Weekly Brief February 2nd

World Uyghur Congress, 2 February 2018

WUC Deeply Saddened by the Death of Uyghur Religious Leader and Scholar, Muhammad Salih Hajim, in Chinese Custody

The World Uyghur Congress issued a press release expressing its deep sadness at the news that the prominent Uyghur religious leader and scholar, Muhammad Salih Hajim, had died in a Chinese ‘re-education’ camp. Muhammad Salih Hajim had reportedly been arrested 40 days ago for peacefully practicing his religion and detained in a Chinese ‘re-education’ camp. The WUC has been informed that he was subjected to torture and other forms of ill-treatment during his imprisonment, which may have contributed his death. 

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