How China is targeting its Uyghur ethnic minority abroad

The Globe and Mail, 30 October 2017

By Nathan VanderKlippe — In a broad campaign to increase pressure on Uyghurs overseas, including those in Canada, Chinese authorities are using coercive measures on family members, recruiting people to spy and sending threats to get many from the ethnic minority group to return to China, 

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‘My Worst Fear is That he Has Been Taken Back to China’

Radio Free Asia, 3 October 2017

By Gulchera Hoja Bumeryem Muhammed’s husband, Muhetar Rouzi, has been missing since July 16, when he attempted to travel from Egypt to Istanbul, Turkey as Egyptian secret police rounded up some 200 Uyghur holders of Chinese passports in an operation activists say was requested by Beijing.

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Xinjiang Authorities Jail Six Uyghur Students on Return From Turkey

Radio Free Asia, 27 September 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have jailed at least six Uyghurs who traveled to Turkey for educational purposes, according to a relative of the region’s former Communist Party chairman, despite a probe that found the students had not committed any crimes.

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Dolkun Isa Speaks at UN Side-Event: “UN Participation Challenges”

World Uyghur Congress, 14 September 2017

World Uyghur Congress General Secretary, Dolkun Isa, joined UNPO, Society for Threatened Peoples & Tibet Justice Center to discuss challenges in UN participation for human rights defenders at a Side-Event at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council.

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WUC General Secretary Speaks at IGFM Press Conference

World Uyghur Congress, 8 September 2017

On 7 September 2017, the General Secretary of the World Uyghur Congress, Dolkun Isa, spoke at a press conference entitled “Is China a partner for democratic states?”. The press conference was organized by the International Society for Human Rights (IGFM) and held at their offices in Frankfurt, Germany. It brought together human rights activists to discuss the numerous human rights violations occurring in China and how China has increasingly been using its economic might to silence criticism of its human rights record.

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China Holds Ethnic Kazakh Students For Praying, Islamic Clothing, Overseas Study

Radio Free Asia, 31 August 2017

By Qiao Long – Authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are believed to be holding a number of ethnic minority Kazakhs for wearing “Islamic” clothing and praying, a practice forbidden by the ruling Chinese Communist Party on university campuses across the country.

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