Early breakfasts and no alcohol get China’s Uighurs sent for re-education

The Times UK, 7 October 2018

By Amy Hawkins – At the southeastern corner of the China nationalities museum in Beijing, the Uighur “ethnic landscape” is looking worse for wear. The paint along the walkway is peeling and cracks have appeared in the dusty pottery houses that are designed to exhibit the traditional culture of the Uighur people.

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Interview: ‘We Give Them a Warning Before Ordering Them to Stand as Punishment’

Radio Free Asia, 4 October 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Beginning in April 2017, Uyghurs accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas have been jailed or detained in re-education camps throughout northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where members of the ethnic group have long complained of pervasive discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression under Chinese rule.

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China’s Unprecedented Campaign to Eradicate the Faith and Identity of the Uyghur People

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 2 October  2018

By Ömer Kanat – Thank you, Ambassador Brownback, and all of you, for your concern. The Chinese government’s crackdown on the Uyghur people in East Turkestan is not leveling off. It is getting worse. More and more people are being put into the camps, and almost nobody is being released. This has been happening for nearly two years.

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Xinjiang Authorities Shutter Popular Restaurant Seen to Promote Uyghur Cultural Identity

Radio Free Asia, 2 October 2018

By Jilil Musha Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have shuttered all branches of the popular Miraj Restaurant in the regional capital Urumqi, according to a relative of the owners, who said the eatery was forced to close because it promoted Uyghur cultural identity.

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Xinjiang Authorities Secretly Transferring Uyghur Detainees to Jails Throughout China

Radio Free Asia, 2 October 2018

By Shohret Hoshur Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are secretly transferring Uyghur detainees to prisons in Heilongjiang province and other areas throughout the country to address an “overflow” in the region’s overcrowded political “re-education camps,” according to officials.

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China tries to spin positive message to counter criticism of Xinjiang policies

South China Morning Post, 2 October 2018

By South China Morning Post – China is mounting an increasingly sophisticated counter-attack to criticism of its policies in the restive, heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang, courting foreign media and running opinion pieces abroad as it seeks to spin a more positive message.

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CHILDREN OF ARRESTED UYGHUR FAMILIES STRICTLY SUPERVISED

Bitter Winter, 29 September 2018

By Li Zaili – Families whose both parents were arrested have become a common occurrence in Xinjiang, and such families even have a name now – “double-detained families.” The number of separated children from their parents has been rising dramatically since the beginning of this year.

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China’s crackdown on Muslims: How Chinese re-education and detention camps aim to “cure” Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Muslims of their religion

The Times of India, 28 September 2018

By Eric Schluessel – China’s oppression of Muslim citizens has entered a new stage with news emerging about a system of re-education and detention camps aimed at isolating people the state identifies as Muslims to “cure” them of religion. The main targets are Uighurs and Kazakhs in Xinjiang – what they prefer to call “East Turkestan” – with Chinese officials claiming to defend their country against Islamic extremism. The facts instead indicate systematic persecution of religious and ethnic minorities.

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