Weekly Brief May 11th

World Uyghur Congress, 11 May 2017

Uyghur Students Overseas Ordered Back to China

After weeks of speculation, the World Uyghur Congress has learned that thousands of Uyghur students studying abroad have been ordered to return home before May 20 by the Uyghur Autonomous Regional government. Thus far, students studying in Egypt, Turkey, France, Australia, and the United States have already been affected by the orders.

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Rights Groups Blast Uyghur Activist’s Expulsion From UN Forum in New York

Radio Free Asia, 10 May 2017

By Alim Seytoff — A coalition of human rights groups and organizations representing minority peoples around the world released a letter this week condemning the expulsion of a Uyghur rights activist and NGO member from a U.N. forum in April, calling the move an expression of “domination” by an unnamed U.N. member state.

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Uyghur Human Rights Activist Expelled from UNPFII

UNPO, 10 May 2017

UNPO — On 26 April 2017, Uyghur human rights activist and member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) Dolkun Isa, who was participating in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), was forced to leave the UN premises.

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China Holds Ethnic Uyghur Woman For Reposting Quranic Verses on Social Media

Radio Free Asia, 10 May 2017

By Xin Lin — Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained a Uyghur woman for retweeting social media posts quoting the Quran and other religious content.

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Uyghurs Studying Abroad Ordered Back to Xinjiang Under Threat to Families

Radio Free Asia, 10 May 2017

By Shorhet Hoshur — Uyghur students enrolled in schools outside China are being ordered by Chinese authorities to return to their home towns by May 20, with family members in some cases held hostage to force their return, sources in Xinjiang and in Egypt say.

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Xinjiang woman detained for sharing praise for Allah on social media – reports

Hong Kong Free Press, 10 May 2017

By Elson Tong — New reports of repression against Muslim Uyghurs in China’s northwestern province of Xinjiang have emerged, as a woman was apparently detained for sharing praise for Allah on social media.

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Uyghur Human Rights Activist Expelled from UNPFII

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, 8 May 2017

UNPO — On 26 April 2017, Uyghur human rights activist and member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) Dolkun Isa, who was participating in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), was forced to leave the UN premises. A coalition of organisations including Human Rights Watch, Minority Rights Group, the UNPO and the Nonviolent Radical Party have joined to publish a press release asking for a full account of the causes of this incident and for the right of indigenous peoples to express themselves to be respected.

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China’s Tourism Industry Ordered to Monitor, Report on Visitors to Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 5 May 2017

By Xin Lin — Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have issued a region-wide clampdown on the tourism industry, asking tour guides to monitor the behavior of visitors ahead of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s regional economic cooperation summit next week, RFA has learned.

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