U.N. says it has credible reports that China holds million Uighurs in secret camps

Reuters, 10 August 2018

By Stephanie Nebehay – A United Nations human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China are held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy.”

Gay McDougall, a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, cited estimates that 2 million Uighurs and Muslim minorities were forced into “political camps for indoctrination” in the western Xinjiang autonomous region.

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UN Rights Panel Grills China Over Mass Detention of Uyghurs

Radio Free Asia, 10 August 2018

By RFA Uyghur Service – The United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) expressed concerns over China’s mass internment of ethnic Uyghurs and restrictions on their religious freedom as it convened Friday to examine whether the country complies with its convention.

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Xinjiang Political ‘Re-Education Camps’ Treat Uyghurs ‘Infected by Religious Extremism’: CCP Youth League

Radio Free Asia, 8 August 2018

By RFA Uyghur Service – An official Chinese Communist Party recording recently obtained by RFA’s Uyghur Service characterizes Uyghurs who have been sent for political “re-education” as “infected by an ideological illness”—not unlike a disease that must be treated at a hospital. The 12-minute Uyghur language audio recording issued in October 2017 offers a rare glimpse into Beijing’s justification for its network of political “re-education camps” used since April 2017 to jail or detain Uyghurs accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

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China ‘Disappears’ Its Uighurs, Silences the World With Money

Real Clear Investigations, 09 August 2018

By Richard Bernstein – One day in 2016, Mamatjan Juma, a Washington-based reporter for Radio Free Asia, got an early indication that family members back in his home town of Kashgar, in far western China, were in grave danger.

“My parents told me to call only them on the phone, not to contact any of my brothers and sisters,” Juma said in a recent interview. “Anybody who talked to any foreign contact could be taken away,” he said, “so my parents were trying to protect my brothers and sisters.”

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China’s Campaign Against Muslim Minorities

Wall Street Journal, 09 August 2018

By Senator Marco Rubio – The phrase “re-education camp” invokes Mao’s Cultural Revolution or Vietnam after the communist takeover. But this form of repression is alive and well in Xi Jinping’s China. His government is imposing a “political re-education” campaign in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, targeting the Uyghur Muslim population, Kazakhs and other ethnic Muslim minorities.

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Bitter Winter, 6 August 2018

By Bitter Winter – Bitter Winter reported in July that the Chinese Communist Party had repurposed the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Xigebi, Kumul city in Xinjiang for a “transformation through education camp.” According to our sources, due to the increasing number of detained Muslims, the Center has become overcrowded, and the authorities had transferred some of the detainees to new locations.

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‘No Releases’ of Thousands Held For Years in Xinjiang Township Political ‘Re-education Camps’

Radio Free Asia, 6 August 2018

By RFA Uyghur Service – As many as 6,000 residents of the mostly Uyghur-populated township of Haniqatam in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been held in political “re-education camps” for as long as two years, according to a local official.

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Crackdown in Xinjiang: Where have all the people gone?

Financial Times, 5 August 2018

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