Chen Quanguo: The Strongman Behind Beijing’s Securitization Strategy in Tibet and Xinjiang

China Brief, 21 September 2017

By Adrian Zenz & James Leibold – Over the last year, Chen Quanguo (陈全国) has dramatically increased the police presence in Xinjiang by advertising over 90,000 new police and security-related positions. [1] This soldier-turned-politician is little known outside of China, but within China he has gained a reputation as an ethnic policy innovator, pioneering a range of new methods for securing Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rule over Uyghurs, Tibetans and other ethnic minorities in western China.

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Emboldened China Wields Its Laws to Silence Critics From Abroad

New York Times, 20 September 2017

By Steven Lee Myers and Chris Horton – On the morning he disappeared, the activist Lee Ming-cheh crossed from Macau into mainland China to meet with democracy advocates.

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Uyghurs: China Operates Political and Ideological Re-Education Camps in Xinjiang

UNPO, 19 September 2017

By UNPO – Since April 2017, Chinese authorities have been running political and ideological re-education camps. In addition to the restrictions that the Uyghurs already face on their culture, language, and religion, thousands of Uyghurs are now involuntarily being put in camps. Human Rights Watch has called on the Chinese government to close these camps down immediately as they violate not only international human rights law, but they also violate China’s own constitution. China has defended the camps, stating that they are strictly for counter-extremism purposes.

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China Tightens Controls on Religious Activity, Targets Ethnic Groups

Radio Free Asia, 14 September 2017

By Xin Lin – The ruling Chinese Communist Party has intensified government control over religious activities ahead of a key political meeting next month, sparking fears of further human rights violations targeting religious believers and ethnic minority groups.

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China’s new campaign to instil official historical narrative in Xinjiang

South China Morning Post, 14 September 2017

By Nectar Gan – Yu Zhengsheng, the party’s fourth-ranking official who is in charge of religion and ethnic minorities, presided at a high-level meeting in Beijing this week to address “several historical issues” regarding the restive region, official news agency Xinhua reported.

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Dolkun Isa Speaks at UN Side-Event: “UN Participation Challenges”

World Uyghur Congress, 14 September 2017

World Uyghur Congress General Secretary, Dolkun Isa, joined UNPO, Society for Threatened Peoples & Tibet Justice Center to discuss challenges in UN participation for human rights defenders at a Side-Event at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council.

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Rights groups ask China to stop detaining its critics

Reuters, 13 September 2017

By Stephanie Nebehay – Human rights activists called on China on Wednesday to stop detaining lawyers and critics, voicing concern for their health and fate in custody after the death of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo attracted international attention in July.

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Chinese Muslim sentenced to two years for teaching about Islam online

The Daily Sabah, 11 September 2017

A member of a Muslim minority group has been sentenced to two years in a Chinese prison after forming online discussions groups to teach about Islam.

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