Twelve Days in Xinjiang: How China’s Surveillance State Overwhelms Daily Life

Wall Street Journal, 20 December 2017

By Josh Chin & Clément Bürge – This city on China’s Central Asia frontier may be one of the most closely surveilled places on earth.

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China Detains Kazakhs During ‘Unity Week’ in Troubled Xinjiang Region

Radio Free Asia, 19 December 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained dozens of people for retweeting electronic greetings cards celebrating independence day in neighboring Kazakhstan, which marks its independence from the former Soviet Union on Dec. 16, RFA has learned.

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China’s Uighur minority shackled by digital technology as thousands are detained for ‘vocational training’

The Independent, 18 December 2017

By Gerry Shih – Nobody knows what happened to the Uighur student after he returned to China from Egypt and was taken away by police

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Thousands Of Uighurs In China Are Being Imprisoned Without Trial

Carbonated TV, 18 December 2017

By Amna Zaman – The Chinese government is reportedly using detentions and data-driven surveillance to impose a digital police state in the country’s Xinjiang region, which is home to a majority of Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic minority.

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Nearly 10 Percent of Residents of a Xinjiang Township Detained by Chinese Authorities

Radio Free Asia, 14 December 2014

Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have detained nearly 10 percent of the population of a township in ethnic Uyghur-dominated Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture, according to sources, following an incident three years ago.

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Weekly Brief December 15th

World Uyghur Congress, 15 December 2017

Chinese Authorities Collect DNA from Millions of Uyghurs

It was widely reported this week that Chinese authorities have escalated their efforts to collect DNA samples and establish biometric profiles of the Uyghur people by making all Uyghurs between the ages of 12-65 give their finger prints, iris scans and blood types under the guise of a ‘Physicals for All’ public health program. The WUC congress has expressed its concern in the past over the practice of forcing Uyghurs to give their biological data in order to receive a passport, but this newest initiative represents a significant escalation.

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WUC President Speaks on Organ Harvesting at Roundtable in the UK Parliament

World Uyghur Congress, 14 December 2017

On 13 December 2017, WUC President Dolkun Isa participated in a roundtable discussion in the UK Parliament on organ harvesting in China. The roundtable was co-hosted by Members of the UK Parliament Jim Shannon and Fiona Bruce and aimed to raise awareness of the practice of forced organ harvesting in China. It assembled a panel of expert speakers to speak on this important issue and to discuss what steps the UK government could take to stop this barbaric practice.

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Uyghur Woman Dies of Condition Left Untreated in Chinese Police Detention

Radio Free Asia, 12 December 2017

By Jill Kashgary – An ethnic Uyghur woman jailed for “attempting to flee the country” has died due to complications from a medical condition that was left untreated while in detention, according to her husband, who said that authorities illegally detained his wife after she applied for a passport.

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