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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Rights Groups, Victims’ Families Call For Action Over China’s Enforced Disappearances

Radio Free Asia, 30 August 2017

By Wen Yuqing and Lam Kwok-lap – Rights groups hit out at Beijing on Wednesday amid growing calls for justice for the victims of enforced disappearances at the hands of the Chinese government, calling for an end to the widespread practice of holding detainees for long periods of time in an unknown location, with no access to lawyers or family members.

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Press Release: The World Uyghur Congress Remembers the Victims of Enforced Disappearance

Press Release – For immediate release
30 August  2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

Today, the 30th of August, marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. On this day, we remember all those across the world who have been forcibly disappeared, including the hundreds of Uyghurs who have disappeared at the hands of Chinese police and military personnel. This day is an important occasion to keep the victims of enforced disappearance in our collective memory and to continue to seek justice and accountability on their behalf.

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Weekly Brief August 18th

World Uyghur Congress, 18 August 2017

WUC Issues Press Release Expressing Alarm at Uyghur Language Ban

The World Uyghur Congress issued a press release this week after it emerged that Chinese authorities in the Hotan prefecture had decided to completely ban the Uyghur language at all education levels up to and including secondary school at the start of the fall semester in September 2017.

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China Jails Ethnic Kazakh Man For ‘Helping Others Emigrate to Kazakhstan’

Radio Free Asia, 16 August 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have sentenced an ethnic Kazakh man to 12 years’ imprisonment after detaining him amid an ongoing crackdown on ethnic minority groups who study or seek to emigrate overseas, sources told RFA.

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China is Forcing Uighurs Abroad to Return Home. Why Aren’t More Countries Refusing to Help?

China File, 14 August 2017

By Jessica Batke – The campaign began quietly. Students studying abroad were told to return home. Many did, and their classmates didn’t hear from them afterwards. For those who needed extra incentive to get moving, police detained their families back home. Finally, the ones who refused to comply were rounded up by force.

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US slams China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia for religious repression

CNN, 15 August 2017

By Nicole Gaouette and Laura Koran – The State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom was highly critical of a number of countries, including China and Saudi Arabia, a key US ally.

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Chinese Muslim Dissidents Remain Protected In EU, But For How Long?

Forbes, 16 August 2017

By David Hutt – Dolkun Isa was on his way to speak at Italy’s Senate late last month when he was stopped by the police and detained for a number of hours. Isa is considered a terrorist by Beijing but in 2006 he was given German citizenship. Today, he is the General Secretary of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC), an advocacy group that, it says, represents “the collective interest of the Uyghur people,” many of whom demand independence from China.

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