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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Uyghurs in Xinjiang Re-Education Camps Forced to Express Remorse Over Travel Abroad

Radio Free Asia, 14 October 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in Korla (in Chinese, Kuerle) city, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are detaining ethnic Uyghurs in re-education camps for traveling overseas and refusing to free them until they admit it was “wrong” to have left the country, according to a security official.

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China Bans Use of Uyghur, Kazakh Textbooks, Materials in Xinjiang Schools

Radio Free Asia, 14 October 2017

By Qiao Long and Yang Fan – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have banned the use of ethnic minority languages in schools in at least one part of the region, RFA has learned.

A recent directive sent out by the local education bureau to schools in Yining county in Xinjiang’s Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture bans the use of any textbooks or teaching materials written in the languages of the mostly Muslim Uyghur and Kazakh ethnic groups.

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Xinjiang Authorities Jail Four Grandchildren of Party-Faithful Uyghur Former Imam

Radio Free Asia, 14 October 2017

By Alim Seytoff and Joshua Lipes – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have jailed four grandchildren of an ethnic Uyghur former imam who was once recognized by the ruling Communist Party for turning two alleged “separatists” in to the police, according to his son.

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China’s Abuse of Uighurs

New York Times, 28 September 2017

To the Editor:

Re “The China Puzzle” (editorial, Sept. 17):

By Omer Kanat – You suggest that the United States cooperate with China on terrorism. China has an expansive and unclear definition of terrorist actions — for example, sentencing Prof. Ilham Tohti to life imprisonment for discussing Uighur issues online, accusing him of encouraging students to join terrorist groups.

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China must stop using Interpol to abuse and harass its citizens

International Business Times, 28 September 2017

By Bruno Min – Xi Jinping can moan about Interpol’s “double standards” all he likes, but not all legal systems are equal. Interpol’s 86th General Assembly was opened in Beijing by President Xi Jinping, who declared China’s commitment to promote Interpol’s crucial work of facilitating international police cooperation.

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Uyghurs: China Operates Political and Ideological Re-Education Camps in Xinjiang

UNPO, 19 September 2017

By UNPO – Since April 2017, Chinese authorities have been running political and ideological re-education camps. In addition to the restrictions that the Uyghurs already face on their culture, language, and religion, thousands of Uyghurs are now involuntarily being put in camps. Human Rights Watch has called on the Chinese government to close these camps down immediately as they violate not only international human rights law, but they also violate China’s own constitution. China has defended the camps, stating that they are strictly for counter-extremism purposes.

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UNPO Condemns Uyghur Human Rights Activist’s Prevention From Entering Italian Senate

UNPO, 28 July 2017

On 26 July 2017, Mr Dolkun Isa, General Secretary of the World Uyghur Congress and UNPO Member, was arrested by 15-20 General Investigations and Special Operations Division (DIGOS) officers outside the entrance of the Italian Senate. Mr Isa was scheduled to speak at a conference organised by UNPO in collaboration with the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty and hosted by Senator Luigi Compagna, entitled ‘’SOS Rule of Law: The Uyghur Emergency’’.

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