European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights Organised Exchange of Views on Human Rights Situation in China with a Special Focus on XUAR

UNPO, 15 May 2018

On 15 May 2018, on the occasion of a meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), Mr Dolkun Isa, Vice-President of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and President of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), together with Ms Sophie Richardson (China Director of Human Rights Watch) and Mr Ulrich Delius (Director of Society for Threatened Peoples), exchanged views on the human rights situation in China, with a special focus on the so-called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

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Survivors of China’s far west political camps detail ordeal

Associated Press, 17 May 2018

By Gerry Shih – Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party.

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Former inmates of China’s Muslim ‘reeducation’ camps tell of brainwashing, torture

Washington Post, 16 May 2018

By Simon Denyer – Kayrat Samarkand says his only “crime” was being a Muslim who had visited neighboring Kazakhstan. On that basis alone, he was detained by police, aggressively interrogated for three days, then dispatched in November to a “reeducation camp” in China’s western province of Xinjiang for three months. 

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Muslim minority faces modern Orwellian nightmare

Reuters, 17 May 2018

By Peters Apps – In China’s northwest Xinjiang province, the predominantly Muslim Uighur minority have nowhere to hide. Facial recognition software reportedly alerts authorities if targeted individuals stray more than 1000 feet from their homes and workplaces. Residents face arrest if they fail to download smartphone software that allows them to be tracked, according to social media users. Simply wishing to travel outside China can be cause for arrest, with Beijing detaining family members and using its political clout to force extradition of those abroad.

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Republican lawmakers question sales of US products used in Chinese surveillance

Washington Examiner, 16 May 2018

By Joe Williams – Two Republican lawmakers are prodding the Commerce Department for details on the sale of U.S. products used in China’s mass surveillance of its citizens.

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What Really Happens in China’s ‘Re-education’ Camps

The New York Times, 16 May 2018

By Rian Thum – What does it take to intern half a million members of one ethnic group in just a year? Enormous resources and elaborate organization, but the Chinese authorities aren’t stingy. Vast swathes of the Uighur population in China’s western region of Xinjiang — as well as Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other ethnic minorities — are being detained to undergo what the state calls “transformation through education.” Many tens of thousands of them have been locked up in new thought-control camps with barbed wire, bombproof surfaces, reinforced doors and guard rooms.

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Issue 1: Ramadan Restrictions in East Turkistan

World Uyghur Congress, 16 May 2018

Unlike anywhere in the world, the Chinese government enacts strict regulations during Ramadan, particularly for the Uyghur Muslim population in East Turkistan.

The Chinese government has banned Uyghur civil servants, students and teachers from fasting during the holy month, providing food and water to students throughout the day. Access to mosques is more tightly controlled, restaurants have been ordered to remain open and in some cases Uyghur intellectuals have been arrested beforehand to silence criticism.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC to Draw Attention to Religious Persecution of Uyghurs During Month of Ramadan

Press Release – For immediate release
15 May 2018
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

The World Uyghur Congress, in collaboration with its affiliates, will mark the holy month of Ramadan by drawing attention to the severe religious persecution and deprivation of religious freedom for the Uyghur people in East Turkistan.

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