Weekly Brief – June 29th

World Uyghur Congress, 29 June 2018

US Ambassador for Religious Freedom Pushing Trump Administration to Sanction Chinese Officials Responsible for Uyghur Repression

The US Ambassador for Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, is reportedly pressing the Trump administration to impose sanctions on Chinese leaders associated with the country’s crackdown on Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious groups in East Turkistan.

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China Locks Up, Tortures Muslims in ‘Re-education Camps’

Radio Free Asia, 27 June 2018

By Wong Lok-to – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are detaining Muslim ethnic minorities en masse and subjecting them to torture and brainwashing to honor the ruling Chinese Communist Party and renounce the tenets of their faith, rights groups warned on Wednesday.

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Xinjiang Rapidly Building Crematoria to Extinguish Uyghur Funeral Traditions

Radio Free Asia, 26 June 2018

By Gulchehra Hoja – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are rapidly constructing crematoria staffed by dozens of security personnel, according to local officials, amid concerns over the eradication of ethnic Uyghur funeral traditions.

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More Than Two Dozen Uyghurs From One Xinjiang County Perished in Re-Education Camps

Radio Free Asia, 27 June 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – More than two dozen Uyghurs have died in “political re-education camps” in one county of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), according to officials from the area, who said most were elderly detainees that succumbed to complications from high blood pressure.

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Issue 27: Mass Arbitrary Detention of Uyghur Muslims

World Uyghur Congress, 11 June 2018

One of the principle targets of the Chinese government’s strategy to stabilize and culturally assimilate the Uyghur population has been the practice of Islam. The mass incarceration of Uyghurs also forms part of the Party Secretary Chen Quanguo’s ‘de-extremification’ efforts in the region, which has tried to conflate the peaceful practice of Islam and any expression of Uyghur dissent with ‘extremism’ and terrorism. 

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China: New Supervision Law a systemic threat to human rights

Amnesty International, 20 March 2018

By Amnesty International – Responding to the news that China’s legislature today passed the Supervision Law, Amnesty International’s East Asia Regional Director Nicholas Bequelin said:

“The Supervision Law is a systemic threat to human rights in China. It places tens of millions of people at the mercy of a secretive and virtually unaccountable system that is above the law. It by-passes judicial institutions by establishing a parallel system solely run by the Chinese Communist Party with no outside checks and balances.

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Uyghur Teenager Dies in Custody at Political Re-Education Camp

Radio Free Asia, 16 March 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – A teenage Uyghur boy detained for traveling overseas has died of unknown causes at a political “re-education camp” in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, according to local authorities.

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The Malaysian Government Must Uphold Provisions of International and Domestic Law

The Malaysian Bar, 15 February 2018

By George Varughese – The Malaysian Bar calls upon the Malaysian Government to adhere to principles of international law, specifically the customary international law of non-refoulement, and refrain from sending 11 Uighurs reportedly in Malaysian custody back to China.

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