China official admonishes fellow Uighur cadres for ‘anti-terror’ failings

Reuters, 6 April 2017

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By Christian Shepherd — A senior Uighur official in China’s restive western region of Xinjiang has admonished other Communist Party “cadres” from the mostly Muslim Uighur minority for failing to pull their weight in the fight against terrorism, state media said.

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Uighur Heartland Turned Into Security State

Reuters, 31 March 2017

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By Three times a day, alarms ring out through the streets of China’s ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, and shopkeepers rush out of their stores swinging government-issued wooden clubs.

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Uyghur Businessman Dies Under Police Questioning in Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 31 March 2017

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RFA Uyghur Service  A Uyghur businessman suspected by Chinese authorities of maintaining contacts with separatist organizations has died under police questioning in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang, Uyghur sources say.

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Interview: ‘I Hope You Can Realize That it Was a Big Mistake to Lock Him Up’

Radio Free Asia, 30 March 2017

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RFA Uyghur Service  The daughter of jailed Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti, is a student at Indiana University who has spoken out in support of his peaceful promotion of equal rights and greater autonomy for the Turkic speaking Uyghur ethnic group in China. Tohti, currently serving a life jail term for “separatism,” won the prestigious Martin Ennals Award 2016 for human rights. Ilham spoke to Mamatjan Juma of RFA’s Uyghur Service in New York on March 11, at a memorial service for family friend Eliot Sperling, a Tibet expert at Indiana University who died on Jan. 29.

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Ban on beards and veils – China’s Xinjiang passes regulation to curb ‘religious extremism’

South China Morning Post, 30 March 2017

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By Nectar Gan  China’s restive far-western Xinjiang region passed a new regulation on Wednesday to curb religious extremism, amid the government’s ramped-up campaign against what it calls the rising threat of terrorism and separatism.

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EP Human Rights Subcommittee (DROI) Discusses Situation in East Turkestan

UNPO, 27 March 2017

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UNPO  On 22 March 2017, the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) held a hearing to discuss the human rights situation in the Uyghur region of East Turkestan – known in China as Xinjiang. The hearing was attended by Members of European Parliament (MEPs), human rights experts, prominent academics, sinologists and representatives of UNPO and of its member, the World Uyghur Congress.

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World Uyghur Congress Briefs European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights

World Uyghur Congress, 24 March 2017

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World Uyghur Congress General Secretary Dolkun Isa briefed the DROI (Subcommittee on Human Rights) at European Parliament during a meeting (Exchange of views on the human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China) on Wednesday, March 22nd in Brussels, Belgium.

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Canada, 10 other countries call out China for torturing human rights lawyers

The Globe and Mail, 23 March 2017

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By Nathan Vanderklippe — Eleven countries have jointly called on the Chinese government to investigate reports of torture against human rights lawyers and urged Beijing to abandon a controversial detention system that holds suspects in secret locations for months at a time.

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