China’s crackdown on Uighurs spreads to even mild critics

AP News, 28 December 2017

By Gerry Shih – Zhang Haitao was a rare voice in China, a member of the ethnic Han majority who for years had criticized the government on social media for its treatment of the minority Muslim Uighurs.

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Weekly Brief December 15th

World Uyghur Congress, 15 December 2017

Chinese Authorities Collect DNA from Millions of Uyghurs

It was widely reported this week that Chinese authorities have escalated their efforts to collect DNA samples and establish biometric profiles of the Uyghur people by making all Uyghurs between the ages of 12-65 give their finger prints, iris scans and blood types under the guise of a ‘Physicals for All’ public health program. The WUC congress has expressed its concern in the past over the practice of forcing Uyghurs to give their biological data in order to receive a passport, but this newest initiative represents a significant escalation.

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WUC President Speaks on Organ Harvesting at Roundtable in the UK Parliament

World Uyghur Congress, 14 December 2017

On 13 December 2017, WUC President Dolkun Isa participated in a roundtable discussion in the UK Parliament on organ harvesting in China. The roundtable was co-hosted by Members of the UK Parliament Jim Shannon and Fiona Bruce and aimed to raise awareness of the practice of forced organ harvesting in China. It assembled a panel of expert speakers to speak on this important issue and to discuss what steps the UK government could take to stop this barbaric practice.

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Uyghur Activist, Ilham Tohti, honoured with 2017 Weimar Human Rights Award

UNPO, 11 December 2017

On 10 December 2017, the German city of Weimar awarded the 2017 Weimar Human Rights award to Uyghur rights activist Ilham Tohti, in a public ceremony coinciding with International Human Rights Day. Currently serving a life sentence for his criticism of the Chinese government, under the false charge of ‘separatism’, Ilham Tohti is one of China’s most prominent political prisoners. Tohti was honoured with the award in recognition of his work upholding the rights of the Uyghur people and promoting an understanding between Uyghurs and Han Chinese.
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Prime Minister Trudeau Shouldn’t Ignore China’s Jailed Activists

Human Rights Watch, 1 December 2017

By Farida Deif – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to China this weekend, arriving amidst a flurry of negative human rights developments.

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Jailed Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti Awarded ‘Prize For Freedom’ in The Hague

Radio Free Asia, 1 December 2017

By Kurban Niyaz – Jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti was honored on Thursday at a ceremony in The Hague, where he was awarded Liberal International’s Prize for Freedom, given in absentia and accepted on his behalf by a rights group advocating for his release.

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Uyghur activist Ilham Tohti to be awarded LI’s Prize for Freedom in The Hague

Liberal International, 30 November 2017

Liberal International – Directors of the Ilham Tohti Initiative will receive Liberal International’s Prize for Freedom in recognition of the imprisoned Uyghur’s campaign of conciliation between Han Chinese and Muslim Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang province, at a special ceremony to take place in The Hague, The Netherlands on 30th November.

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Amnesty says China detains 30 relatives of exiled Uighur leader

Reuters, 14 November 2017

By Ben Blanchard – Authorities in China’s far western region of Xinjiang have in recent months detained up to 30 relatives of an exiled ethnic Uighur leader, Rebiya Kadeer, rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

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