Issue 16: Regulations of De-extremification

World Uyghur Congress, 31 May 2018

On 1 April 2017, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Regulations on De-extremification came into force, after being adopted on March 29th by regional authorities.  The measures built on other restrictive legilsation passed by the Chinese authorities, including the XUAR Religious Affairs Regulations in 2015 and the XUAR Implementing Measures of the Counter-Terrorism Law of the People’s Republic of China in 2016.

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The Increasing Challenge of Foreign Correspondence in China

Asia Society, 31 May 2018 

By Matt Schiavenza – The rise of Xi Jinping as China’s most powerful leader in decades has coincided with tightened censorship, heightened propaganda, and greater pressure applied to foreign correspondents than before. In this challenging environment, Megha Rajagopalan has worked since 2017 as a Beijing-based correspondent for BuzzFeed News, where she has covered a range of stories in China, North Korea and elsewhere in Asia.

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Xinjiang Jails Uyghur Civil Servants Over Lack of Enthusiasm For Anti-Extremist Campaigns

Radio Free Asia, 31 May 2018          

By Shohret Hoshur – Two Uyghur civil servants in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been jailed for failing to send members of their ethnic group to “political re-education camps,” according to sources, as part of a crackdown by authorities on so-called “two-faced” officials.

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Interview: ‘I Cannot Express The Pain And Helplessness I Feel’

Radio Free Asia, 31 May 2018

By Gulchehra Hoja – Nurbiye Nurtay, an ethnic Uyghur Muslim from northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), has been living in Malaysia practicing traditional Uyghur medicine for the last three years.

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China is secretly imprisoning close to 1 million people — but they’ve left 2 big pieces of evidence behind

Business Insider, 30 May 2018

By Tara Francis Chan – In the northwest Chinese region of Xinjiang, many locals read endlessly, write often, and sing loudly.

But not by choice.

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Issue 15: “Anti-Terror” Law Regional Implementation Measures

World Uyghur Congress, 30 May 2018

Following the passage of China’s draconian “Anti-Terror” Law in 2016, more specific measures were written and passed for East Turkistan targeting Uyghurs. The law describes “extremism” as the cause of terrorism but fails to provide a definition of what this means in practice. Extremism may simply include wearing religious clothing or encouraging others to join religious activities. The measures allow for broad interpretation and has already led to the arrest of Uyghurs for peaceful religious practice.

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Uyghur Student Missing, Believed Detained After Return From Malaysia University

Radio Free Asia, 30 May 2018

By Gulchehra Hoja – A young Uyghur woman has gone missing after returning to her home in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) from studying abroad in Malaysia, and is believed to be detained in a “political re-education camp,” according to her Germany-based sister.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Confirms Death in Custody of Yet Another Uyghur Religious Scholar Abdulehed Mehsum

Press Release – For immediate release
29 May 2018
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) condemns the death in custody of yet another Uyghur religious scholar, which was reported by relatives early this week. 88-year old Abdulnehed Mehsum died while being held in a political indoctrination camp in Hotan prefecture in November 2017, though the death was not reported until May 27, 2018.

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