World Uyghur Congress Annual Human Rights Report 2017

Press Release — For immediate release
17 May 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
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The World Uyghur Congress is releasing its annual report on the human rights situation in East Turkestan covering events of 2016. The report presents 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 there.

The year 2016 saw no relief in terms of the continued harassment of Uyghurs living in East Turkestan (officially the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China). The Chinese Communist Party (CPC) extended its outright assault by effectively criminalising even the most basic aspects of Uyghur life, and in doing so, violating human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed under international law.

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Privacy concerns as China expands DNA database

BBC, 17 May 2017

BBC News — China is building a vast DNA database with no appropriate privacy protection, human rights activists warn.

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China moves to expand DNA testing in Muslim region

ABC News, 16 May 2017

By Matthew Brown — China appears to be laying the groundwork for the mass collection of DNA samples from residents of a restive, largely Muslim region that’s been under a security crackdown, rights observers and independent experts said Tuesday.

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Exclusive: CPEC master plan revealed

DAWN, 15 May 2017

By Khurram Husain — The floodgates are about to open. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Beijing over the weekend to participate in the One Belt, One Road summit, and the top item on his agenda is to finalise the Long Term Plan (LTP) for the China-Pakistan Economic Corri­dor. [See next tab for details on how the plan was made].

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China: Police DNA Database Threatens Privacy

Human Rights Watch, 16 May 2017

Human Rights Watch — China’s police are collecting DNA from individuals for a nationally searchable database without oversight, transparency, or privacy protections, Human Rights Watch said today. Evidence suggests that the regional government in Xinjiang, an ethnic minority region with a history of government repression, intends to accelerate the collection and indexing of DNA.

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Xi Jinping wants to work with Turkey on counter-terrorism

The Strait Times, 16 May 2017

The Strait Times — Chinese President Xi Jinping has told his Turkish counterpart, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that the two should deepen counter-terrorism cooperation amid Chinese concern about ethnic Uighurs from its Xinjiang region fighting with militants in the Middle East.

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China Orders Uyghurs Studying Overseas to Return Home

Voice of America, 15 May 2017

Voice of America — Chinese officials are reported to have ordered Uyghurs studying in schools outside of China to return to their hometowns by May 20.

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Anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise in China. We found that the Internet fuels — and fights — this.

The Washington Post, 12 May 2017

By Rose Luqiu & Fan Yang — During the National People’s Congress in March, top officials from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, a Muslim-majority area in northwest China, warned political leaders that terrorist activities threatened to destabilize China.

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