Weekly Brief October 12

World Uyghur Congress, 12 October 2018

WUC Welcomes the release of Uyghur Asylum Seekers from Malaysia

This week, the World Uyghur Congress issued a press release welcoming the recent release of 11 Uyghur asylum seekers in Malaysia to a safe third country after nearly five years of being detained without charge in immigration detention facilities in Thailand and Malaysia.

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Malaysia defies China by freeing 11 detained Uighurs, despite handover request

Hong Kong Free Press, 12 October 2018

By AFP – Malaysia has freed 11 ethnic Uighur Muslims who escaped from immigration detention in Thailand, their lawyer said Friday, ignoring a request from Beijing to deport the group to China.

In the dramatic breakout last November, 25 members of the persecuted minority used blankets to climb out of their cells in a daring pre-dawn escape from immigration detention in southern Thailand.

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Uyghurs, Legal Experts Dismiss Chinese Legal Move to Justify Re-education Camps

Radio Free Asia, 11 October 2018

By Mamatjan Juma and Alim Seytoff – A move this week by China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) to amend a 2017 counterterrorism law to provide a legal justification for detaining as many as a million Uyghurs in political re-education camps was dismissed on Thursday as misleading and a violation of China’s constitution.

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China’s War On Islam: Dolkun Isa Escaped Xinjiang and Interpol to Defend Uyghur Existence

albawaba, 11 October 2018

By Ty Joplin — A Uyghur from Xinjiang, a province in northwestern China, Isa is one of the most prominent voices in the international community advocating for Uyghur and Kazakh rights; minority groups that are now being systematically monitored and jailed en masse.

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Nury Turkel and the Uyghur plight

supchina, 11 October 2018

By Kaiser Kuo – This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by Nury Turkel, a prominent voice in the overseas Uyghur community and the chairman of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, now based in Washington, D.C.

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China ‘legalises’ internment camps for million Uighurs

The Guardian, 11 October 2018

By Lily Ku0 – China’s far north-western region of Xinjiang has retroactively legitimised the use of internment camps where up to one million Muslims are being held.

Amid sustained international criticism, Chinese authorities have revised legislation to allow the regional government to officially permit the use of “education and training centres” to incarcerate “people influenced by extremism”.

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Three Uyghur Intellectuals Jailed for Separatism, Political Study Film Reveals

Radio Free Asia, 10 October 2018

By Uyghur Service – Two senior Uyghur education officials in Xinjiang and a well-known writer who had disappeared from public view in early 2017 without explanation have turned out to be serving life sentences on separatism charges, RFA’s Uyghur Service has learned.

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Chinese authorities launch ‘anti-halal’ crackdown in Xinjiang

The Guardian,10 October 2018

By Lily Ku0 – Authorities in Xinjiang have launched a campaign against the “spread of halal,” claiming the growing number of halal products is encouraging religious extremism in the heavily monitored Chinese region.

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