Muqam Rak review: Bright flame of freedom burns through concert

The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 September 2018

By John Shand – Freedom has no greater expression than in music. African Americans have largely defined popular music’s past 100 years by voicing their post-slavery resilience, and, amid countless examples, explosions of musical culture occurred as the Irish survived English oppression and non-white South Africans survived apartheid.

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China’s Repression Of Muslim Uighurs Is Apparently Growing More Intense

National Public Radio, 4 September 2018

By Ari Shapiro – NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Eva Dou, a China political news reporter for the Wall Street Journal, about China’s crackdown on Uighur Muslims.

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In China’s autonomous Xinjiang region, Muslims are imprisoned in shocking internment camps

AMP News, 2 September 2018

By AMP News – Internment camps, rehabilitation, ethnic cleansing, torture, and suffering.

No, this isn’t a description of the Nazi regimen in the 1940s. It’s China right now.

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‘An information black hole’: Exiled Muslim Uyghurs fear for loved ones back home as China tightens its grip on Xinjiang

Hong Kong Free Press, 2 September 2018

By Jennifer Creery – One year ago on his birthday, Murat Uyghur dialed the number to his parents’ phone in east Xinjiang from his home in Finland. No one answered, and he became increasingly worried. After several attempts to contact them, his father eventually picked up the phone.

“Your mother has gone to study,” he said in hushed tones. At 56 years old, it was an unusual move from his mother. She was fluent in Mandarin and had previously worked for the state-owned newspaper Turpan DailyBut in the heavily policed region of Xinjiang, known locally as East Turkistan, things aren’t always as they seem.

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What it’s like inside the internment camps China uses to oppress its Muslim minority, according to people who’ve been there

Business Insider, 1 September  2018

By Alexandra Ma – New details have emerged of the re-education camps in which China has been accused of imprisoning up to 1 million Uighurs, a majority-Muslim ethnic minority, in the country’s western region of Xinjiang.

Political prisoners in those camps are both physically and mentally tortured, two eyewitnesses of the camp told BBC Newsnight in a documentary aired on Thursday night.

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China dismisses Uighur concentration camp claims

Radio France International, 31 August 2018

By Christina Okello – The UN committee’s report called on Beijing to release members of the mainly Muslim minority, who live in the western region of Xinjiang, from “reeducation camps”, where they are held in what the government claims is part of the struggle against terrorism.

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Detention of Uighurs must end, UN tells China, amid claims of prison camps

The Guardian, 31 August 2018

By The Guardian – United Nations human rights experts have called for China to shut down alleged political “re-education camps” for Muslim Uighurs and called for the immediate release of those detained on the “pretext of countering terrorism”.

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Muslim Governments Silent as China Cracks Down on Uighurs

Bloomberg, 30 August 2018

By Bloomberg – As calls grow in the U.S. and Europe to pressure China to halt alleged human-rights abuses against its Muslim minority, Beijing has so far escaped any serious criticism from governments across the Islamic world.

Almost three weeks after a United Nations official cited “credible reports” that the country was holding as many as 1 million Turkic-speaking Uighurs in “re-education” camps, governments in Muslim-majority countries have issued no notable statements on the issue. The silence became more pronounced this week after a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers urged sanctions against senior Chinese officials.

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