Shocking reports from Xinjiang before visit

Norway Today, 27 August 2018

By Pieter Wijnen — The UN Racial Discrimination Committee (CERD) recently stated in a hearing that it has received «numerous and credible» reports that one million Uighurs and other Muslims and minority groups are held in detention camps in the Xinjiang Province of China.

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Why the Muslim world isn’t saying anything about China’s repression and ‘cultural cleansing’ of its downtrodden Muslim minority

UK Business Insider, 27 August 2018

By Alexandra Ma— China’s crackdown on its Uighur citizens, a mostly-Muslim ethnic minority group, has faced heavy international scrutiny in recent months.

In August the United Nations said it was “deeply concerned” by reports that China had forced as many as 1 million Uighurs into internment camps in Xinjiang, western China. In April, the US State Department said it had heard of Uighurs who had “disappeared” or were unexpectedly detained.

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China extends Uyghur crackdown beyond its borders

Financial Times, 26 August 2018

By Emily Feng — After years of persecution by Chinese police, Uighur businessman Mehmet fled his home in northern Xinjiang for neighbouring Kyrgyzstan, only to be harassed by Kyrgyz police and threatened with deportation.

On his sixth arrest in July last year, a Kyrgyz security officer brought Mehmet to the basement of a security facility and showed him about 70 Uighur men detained there.

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China’s authoritarian treatment of its Uyghur Muslims portends its terrifying imperial plans

Washington Examiner, 25 August 2018

By Washington Examiner — It’s no secret that China has imperial designs. Gross human rights abuses occurring within China’s borders, however, show the depredations we can expect inside China’s sphere of influence.

Normally, when it comes to countries that abuse and mistreat its people, forceful intervention by the U.S. and the West causes more problems than it solves. See Libya and Somalia, for instance.

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INTIMIDATION OF MUSLIM POET AN EFFORT TO SILENCE WRITERS’ ENGAGEMENT ON XINJIANG

Pen America, 24 August 2018

By Pen America — Police action against Muslim poet Cui Haoxin—better known by his pen name An Ran—is a clear attempt to silence the writer from being vocal on the issue of mass incarceration of Muslims and others in political “re-education camps,” PEN America said today.

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More Than One in 10 Residents of Xinjiang Township Held in Political ‘Re-Education Camps’

Radio Free Asia, 24 August 2018

By RFA Uyghur Service – More than one in 10 residents of Toqsun township in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been detained in three political “re-education camps” in the area, according to an official source, who said he is unaware of anyone ever having been released.

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The Persecution of the Uyghurs

National Review, 24 August 2018

By National Review — It is the secrecy that makes whatever is happening in Xinjiang so sinister. The silence of the Xi Jinping regime is broken only by euphemism, which raises suspicions that something epochal, horrible is going on. The population of 12 million Uyghurs seems cowed. The province is under martial rule. Anyone attracting attention is liable to wind up in — where, exactly? A concentration camp? A penal colony? Or, as the People’s Republic of China would have it, a “vocational training center”?

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As China detains Muslim Uyghurs, its economic clout mutes world criticism

The Christian Science Monitor, 24 August 2018

By Peter Ford — Eighteen months after the first reports of a major security crackdown in China’s frontier province of Xinjiang, the world is beginning to wake up to evidence that Beijing is forcing an unprecedented detention and indoctrination program on the Muslim Uyghur ethnic group.

A United Nations panel in mid-August heard what one member called “credible reports” that as many as 1 million Uyghurs are being interned and subjected to political re-education. And in a flurry of statements late last month, several senior US officials and politicians condemned China’s treatment of the Uyghurs, citing the same figures.

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