Xinjiang confiscates ‘ethnic’ goods, ships prisoners out of province to solve crowding

China Aid, 29 March 2018

By China Aid – The ongoing crackdown against ethnic minorities, especially those who are predominantly Muslim, continues in China’s far western Xinjiang region. Authorities are confiscating and destroying goods that appear ‘ethnic,’ and the prisons and detention camp “training centers” in the region are so full that detainees are being shipped to other provinces to make room.

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Foreign Policy, 29 March 2018

By Zach Dorfman – Before he disappeared from his luxury apartment at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong on Jan. 27, 2017, Xiao Jianhua, a Chinese-Canadian billionaire, favored female bodyguards. Why, exactly, was unclear: Perhaps he simply liked being surrounded by women; perhaps he trusted them more than men.

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Chinese officials remove Islamic domes and motifs

UCA News, 27 March 2018

By UCA News Reporter – Chinese Islam must adhere to official Sinicization policies by conforming to cultural norms, according to the government-linked Islamic Association of China.

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China is trying to prevent the formation of a vocal Uighur diaspora

The Economist, 28 March 2018

By the Economist – WHEN the authorities manage to lure or drag home a fugitive accused of corruption, they crow. But they are quieter about their equally successful campaign to repatriate Uighurs, a mostly Muslim ethnic group from Xinjiang, in China’s far west. Many Uighurs chafe at the growing presence of Han Chinese in their region, and at increasing restrictions on their personal and religious freedom. Some travel abroad, both to escape this repression and for more mundane reasons. A small number have become radicalised, and have launched terrorist attacks in Xinjiang and elsewhere. But in addition to hunting for fugitive extremists, China is also trying to prevent a big Uighur diaspora forming that could foment support for Uighurs in China, much as Tibetan exiles campaign to free their homeland.

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Growing Religious Persecution In China A Symptom Of Xi’s Consolidation Of Power

Forbes, 28 March 2018

By Olivia Enos – Dozens gathered in Washington, D.C., last week to commemorate the life of Li Baiguang, a well-known human rights lawyer and advocate for Christians in China. Li died on Feb. 25 under suspicious circumstancesafter being admitted to Chinese Military Hospital No. 81 complaining of minor stomach pains. This was not the first time that Li’s life was under threat.

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Xinjiang Authorities Detain Uyghurs ‘Wanting to Travel Abroad’

Radio Free Asia, 27 March 2018

 By Shohret Hoshur – Chinese authorities in Ili Kazakh (in Chinese, Yili Hasake) Autonomous prefecture have added “interest in travel abroad” to the list of reasons they are detaining ethnic Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region’s vast network of political “re-education camps” and prisons, according to an official source.

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In China, sympathy for treatment of ethnic minority prompts death threats

The Globe and Mail, 26 March 2018

By Nathan Vanderklippe – A Chinese woman who wrote a widely discussed online account of domestic discrimination has been branded a “crazy dog” who supports terrorism and should be put to death.

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At the U.N., China and Russia Score Win in War on Human Rights

Foreign Policy, 26 March 2018

By Colum Lynch – António Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, has quietly begun to dismantle a key cell within his office charged with ensuring that the international body’s sprawling political and humanitarian agencies promote human rights.

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