VOICES: ‘We Are Not Extremists’ – Activists Talk Chinese Suppression

The News Lens, 21 June 2017

News Lens International — Political activists from Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang say they are facing increased suppression from Beijing. Hong Kong Indigenous Party founder Ray Wong (黃台仰), World Uyghur Congress Vice President Umit Hamit and Inner Mongolian People’s Party Chair Temtsiltu Shobtsood were in Taiwan last month.

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Beijing ramps up Xinjiang culture war during Ramadan

UCA News, 21 June 2017

UCA News — Alleged gross human rights abuses are piling up in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region as the holy month of Ramadan continues amid disturbing crackdowns on minority Muslims by the Chinese government.

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China’s Continent-Spanning Trains Are Running Half-Empty

Foreign Policy, 5 June 2017

By Andreea Brizna — If one image has come to define the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s ambitious, amorphous project of overseas investment, it’s the railway. Every few months or so, the media praises a new line that will supposedly connect a Chinese city with a European capital. Today it’s Budapest. Yesterday it was London.

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China’s claims of human rights progress in Xinjiang ‘flimsy propaganda’, say pressure groups

South China Morning Post, 2 June 2017

By Nectar Gan — “Great progress” has been achieved in promoting human rights in Xinjiang under Communist Party rule, the Chinese government said in a white paper issued on Thursday, despite growing criticism among rights and exile groups who accuse Beijing of enforcing sweeping social control measures and placing restrictions on religious practice in the region.

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China Observes Ramadan by Praising Itself for ‘Religious Freedom’ in Muslim Xinjiang

Newsline, 2 June 2017

By Frances Martel — The government of China is ringing in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with a report praising itself for its commitment to human rights in Xinjiang, the westernmost Muslim-populated province in which communist officials have taken large strides to strip public life of Islamic customs.
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China created a new terrorist threat by repressing secessionist fervor in its western frontier

Quartz, 1 June 2017

By Lindsey Kennedy & Nathan Paul — In the early hours of New Year’s Day in 2017, a heavily armed gunman stormed Reina, an exclusive Istanbul nightclub on the Bosphorus coast, murdering 39. ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre, but the Turkish deputy prime minister swiftly made an incendiary claim: the perpetrators, he said, were “probably” Uyghur—the ethnically Turkic Muslims indigenous to the region of northwest China officially called the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

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China’s Prime Minister meets Federal Chancellor in Berlin (May 31): Berlin – Brussels – Peking: a future axis?

Society for Threatened Peoples, 31 May 2017

[Press Release] The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) warns against a closer cooperation between Europe and China in shaping a new world order. “A close alliance with China would not be based on common values, but a sellout of Europe’s fundamental values – such as the rule of law and human rights. An alliance like this would be fatal, because – under the leadership of China’s governor Xi Jinping –arbitrariness, lawlessness, excessive surveillance, and even disrespect for the country’s very own laws have become a state principle,” criticized Ulrich Delius, the STP’s Asia expert in Göttingen on Tuesday.

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Demonstration Announcement: June 2 (Brussels, Belgium)

World Uyghur Congress, 31 May 2017

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) will participate in a rally in cooperation with the International Campaign for Tibet and a number of other NGOs taking place on June 2, 10:30 –12:00 at Schuman Circle, Brussels. The demonstration will bring together members of the Uyghur and Tibetan communities along with representatives from European Parliament, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Federation for Human Rights.

The WUC as well as a number of other NGOs and activists have already raised strong concerns about the talks and urged leaders including European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to substantively raise the worsening human rights situation in China with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his delegation.

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