UBC student uses satellite images to track suspected Chinese re-education centres where Uyghurs imprisoned

The Globe and Mail, 8 July 2018

By Nathan Vanderklippe – Many nights in the past few months, Shawn Zhang has come home from work at a student legal-aid program and pulled up satellite imagery of a place 10,000 kilometres away.

He is looking for re-education camps in Xinjiang, the Chinese region where, scholars estimate, hundreds of thousands of mainly Muslim people have been forced to undergo political indoctrination. What Mr. Zhang has found has given the Chinese-born University of British Columbia law student, 28, an important role in documenting a system that Chinese authorities call “vocational skills training,” but critics liken to military prisons.

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Uyghurs in the diaspora commemorated the July 5th, 2009 Urumqi Massacre

World Uyghur Congress, 06 July 2018

By Shahrezad Ghayrat – On the day of July 5th, Uyghurs in the diaspora commemorated the July 5th Urumqi Massacre. On Thursday, protests took place in countries such as the USA, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, France, Australia, Turkey and Japan. Protesters demanded that the Chinese authorities disclose information about the actual account of Uyghurs who were killed and the whereabouts of those who were victims of enforced disappearance during and after the July 5th incident.

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11 Uighurs appeal to AGC to drop charges on illegal entry

Free Malaysia Today, 05 July 2018

By Ho Kit Yen – KUALA LUMPUR: The 11 Uighur Muslims who escaped to Malaysia from a Thai prison last year have appealed to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to drop the charges against them for entering the country illegally.

Lawyer Raimi Abd Rahim said they wanted the AGC to reconsider the charges against them.

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Calls to stop 11 Uighurs’ return to China amid fears of torture

Free Malaysia Today, 03 July 2018

By Robin Augustin – PETALING JAYA: Klang MP Charles Santiago has urged the Pakatan Harapan government to protect the lives of 11 detained Uighur Muslims by not deporting them to China, ahead of a court decision on their extradition hearing today.

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Interview: Witness Recalls ‘The Smell of Innocent Blood’ From July 5, 2009’

Radio Free Asia, 05 July 2018

Thursday marks the ninth anniversary of a crackdown amid ethnic tensions between Han Chinese and minority Muslim Uyghurs that left hundreds dead and thousands more injured in Urumchi, the capital of the Chinese-ruled Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

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‘It is about Xi as the leader of the world’: Former detainees recount abuse in Chinese re-education centres

The Global and Mail, 04 July 2018

By Nathan Vanderklippe – Authorities in China’s far western Xinjiang province have made loyalty to President Xi Jinping a central part of an extensive political re-education campaign that requires detainees to swear allegiance to the Communist Party while forswearing a Muslim faith that they are told to repeat is “stupid.”

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The Dark Side of the Chinese Dream

The Nation, 03 July 2018

By Rian Thum and Jeffrey Wasserstrom – Donald Trump got one thing right in his campaign: Americans should worry about China. But trade is not the reason. Over the past year, the country has let a Nobel Peace Prize winner die in prison—something that last occurred in the Nazi era.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Commemorates the 9th Anniversary of the Urumqi Massacre

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

On July 5, 2018, the World Uyghur Congress commemorates the 9th anniversary of the Urumqi massacre in Urumqi, East Turkistan. Protests will be held around the world to remember all those who were killed, forcefully disappeared and the thousands of peaceful Uyghur protesters who were injured by the armed Chinese police and security forces between July 5-7 in 2009 and the WUC calls on the Chinese government to fulfil its international human rights commitments and open an independent investigation into countless disappearances.

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