Weekly Brief March 23rd

World Uyghur Congress, 23 March 2018

One Voice, One Step Worldwide Demonstrations Gain International Attention

Last Thursday, 15 March 2018, hundreds of Uyghurs demonstrated in cities around the world to draw attention to the Chinese government’s repression of the Uyghur people in East Turkestan and urge the international community to take action. Demonstrations were held in 15 cities in 14 countries around the world, including: the USA, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Turkey, Sweden, the UK, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, France, Finland and Japan.

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China’s Domestic Security Spending: An Analysis of Available Data

The Jamestown Foundation, 12 March 2018

By Adrian Zenz – On February 1, 2018, China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) revealed a stunning 92.8 percent increase in its domestic security spending: from 30.05 billion RMB in 2016 to 57.95 billion RMB in 2017 (Xinjiang Net, 3 February). Within a decade, this figure has increased nearly ten-fold, up from 5.45 billion RMB in 2007.

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China: Police ‘Big Data’ Systems Violate Privacy, Target Dissent

Human Rights Watch, 19 November 2017

By Human Rights Watch – The Chinese government should stop building big data policing platforms that aggregate and analyze massive amounts of citizens’ personal information, Human Rights Watch said today. This abusive “Police Cloud” system is designed to track and predict the activities of activists, dissidents, and ethnic minorities, including those authorities say have “extreme thoughts,” among other functions.

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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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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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