Xinjiang Authorities Confiscate ‘Extremist’ Qurans From Uyghur Muslims

Radio Free Asia, 29 May 2017

By Shohret Hoshur — Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region are confiscating all Qurans published more than five years ago due to “extremist content,” according to local officials, amid an ongoing campaign against “illegal” religious items owned by mostly Muslim ethnic Uyghur residents.

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Restaurants Ordered to Remain Open in Xinjiang Amid Ramadan Fast

Radio Free Asia, 29 May 2017

By Gulchehra Hoja — Authorities in northwest China are implementing a set of “stability maintenance” measures in Xinjiang during Ramadan, but sources say restaurants have been ordered to stay open throughout the Islamic holy month as part of the directive, suggesting efforts to undermine the Muslim tradition of fasting.

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My name is Gulnaz and I am a Uyghur Muslim

World Uyghur Congress, 29 May 2017

My name is Gulnaz and I am a Uyghur Muslim. My place of birth is East Turkestan but the world knows it as Xinjiang because China says so. When I was a child, entering my teenage, an eleven year old, my family flea “Xinjiang” and till then I had seen enough. Till then an 11 yr old girl had seen enough to understand that she was not safe in China. Today my age is 23 yrs and even after so many years, Xinjiang still Haunts me.

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Weekly Brief May 25

World Uyghur Congress, 25 May 2017

China Releases Draft Intelligence Law

China quietly released the first public draft of a new National Intelligence Law late last week on May 17th that has raised real concerns from civil society about its impact on their own work and on the privacy of vulnerable groups.

Among other things, the law requires that all Chinese citizens collaborate with national intelligence collection and authorizes Chinese intelligence agencies overseas to use “the necessary means and channels” through their work. Most concerning, requires intelligence agencies to collect and process information on foreign groups and individuals operating in China that allegedly fund, incite or implement acts that “endanger national security.”

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China’s Rights Abuses Infect UN

Human Rights Watch, 23 May 2017

By Sophie Richardson — “A disease that is spreading – north, south, east, and west.” This is how United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier this year described the lack of attention worldwide to human rights. But Guterres should also be concerned about pressure on human rights from within; notably the pressure that China, a permanent UN Security Council member, is putting on key UN bodies.

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How China Wound up Outside the International Human Rights Debate

The Diplomat, 22 May 2017

By Sarah M. Brooks — I recently attended a conference focused on human rights defenders and strategies to combat the fear-mongering, security-driven, and illiberal discourses of our day. I was one among dozens of activists, NGO workers, religious leaders, and influencers from more than 30 countries invited to share, speak, and build solidarity.

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Uyghurs Forced to Undergo Medical Exams, DNA Sampling

Radio Free Asia, 22 May 2017

By Eset Sulayman — Ethnic Muslim Uyghurs in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are being given mandatory health examinations that include DNA collection, according to residents, causing concern among some observers who have called on Beijing to explain its motive behind the mass checkups.

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Weekly Brief May 18th

World Uyghur Congress, 18 May 2017

World Uyghur Congress Releases Comprehensive Human Rights Report

The World Uyghur Congress released its annual report on the human rights situation in East Turkestan covering events of 2016. The report continues from the previous two years in presenting a detailed review of China’s actions in East Turkestan vis-à-vis the Uyghur population there and provides in-depth analysis of the most critical issues facing Uyghurs. The goal of the report is to bring renewed attention to recent human rights violations perpetrated by the Chinese government against Uyghurs in East Turkestan.

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