Religious suppression creates ‘black market’ for believers in China

The Globe and Mail, 2 March 2017

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By Nathan Vanderklippe — Beijing’s tightening grasp on religion has “created an enormous black market” for the fast-growing ranks of Chinese believers.

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Remembering the Ghulja Incident: 20th Anniversary of ‘Uyghur Tiananmen’ Passes With Little Notice

The Diplomat, 1 March 2017

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By Peter Irwin — February 5, 1997, remains one of the most unforgettable days of commemoration for the Uyghur people. This year, the 20th anniversary of violently suppressed demonstrations in Ghulja, Xinjiang, reminds us of the raw and unimaginable power of the Chinese government.

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The Battle for China’s Spirit: Religious Revival, Repression, and Resistance under Xi Jinping

Freedom House, 1 March 2017

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Freedom House — A Taoist disciple joins the order without knowing when he will be admitted to priesthood. Dozens of Christians are barred from celebrating Christmas together. Tibetan monks are forced to learn reinterpretations of Buddhist doctrine during a “patriotic reeducation” session.

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Officials Ban Dozens of Religious Practices, Foreign Missionaries in China’s Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 1 March 2017

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By Qiao Long — Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have issued a detailed list of “illegal” religious activities spanning Islam, Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism, RFA has learned.

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East Turkestan Elites Meeting: Strategy for Uyghur Struggles

Press Release – For immediate release
1 March 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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Elites, experts, activists, and community leaders from the Uyghur diaspora gathered in the city of Kyrenia in the Turkish Republic of Cyprus, to hold a three day meeting from February 25-27 to build upon a strategy for the Uyghur struggle.

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China holds mass police rally in Xinjiang as hundreds sent to anti-terror ‘frontline’

Reuters, 28 February 2017

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By Michael Martina — More than 10,000 armed police in China’s western Xinjiang region staged a mass rally in the capital Urumqi, state media said, as authorities rolled out a rapid-response air patrol system to quell unrest that the government blames on Islamist militants.

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Western China Region Aims to Track People by Requiring Car Navigation

The New York Times, 27 February 2017

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By Edward Wong — Officials in China’s largest prefecture, in the far-western region of Xinjiang, are requiring all drivers there to install a Chinese-made satellite navigation system in their vehicles, according to an official news report this week.

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The Dire Consequences of the Imprisonment of Ilham Tohti

ChinaChange, 27 February 2017

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ChinaChange — The nomination last week of the imprisoned Uyghur Professor Ilham Tohti for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is welcome recognition of the role this courageous individual has played in working for the fundamental rights of a beleaguered people, a people subject to one of the harshest regimens that China visits on any nationalities or collective groups within its borders.

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