China ‘Disappears’ Its Uighurs, Silences the World With Money

Real Clear Investigations, 09 August 2018

By Richard Bernstein – One day in 2016, Mamatjan Juma, a Washington-based reporter for Radio Free Asia, got an early indication that family members back in his home town of Kashgar, in far western China, were in grave danger.

“My parents told me to call only them on the phone, not to contact any of my brothers and sisters,” Juma said in a recent interview. “Anybody who talked to any foreign contact could be taken away,” he said, “so my parents were trying to protect my brothers and sisters.”

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China’s Campaign Against Muslim Minorities

Wall Street Journal, 09 August 2018

By Senator Marco Rubio – The phrase “re-education camp” invokes Mao’s Cultural Revolution or Vietnam after the communist takeover. But this form of repression is alive and well in Xi Jinping’s China. His government is imposing a “political re-education” campaign in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, targeting the Uyghur Muslim population, Kazakhs and other ethnic Muslim minorities.

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EVIDENCE OF NEW TRANSFORMATION THROUGH EDUCATION CAMPS IN XINJIANG

Bitter Winter, 6 August 2018

By Bitter Winter – Bitter Winter reported in July that the Chinese Communist Party had repurposed the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Xigebi, Kumul city in Xinjiang for a “transformation through education camp.” According to our sources, due to the increasing number of detained Muslims, the Center has become overcrowded, and the authorities had transferred some of the detainees to new locations.

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‘No Releases’ of Thousands Held For Years in Xinjiang Township Political ‘Re-education Camps’

Radio Free Asia, 6 August 2018

By RFA Uyghur Service – As many as 6,000 residents of the mostly Uyghur-populated township of Haniqatam in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been held in political “re-education camps” for as long as two years, according to a local official.

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Crackdown in Xinjiang: Where have all the people gone?

Financial Times, 5 August 2018

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ONLY ONE MOSQUE LEFT IN BASHISIHU TOWNSHIP WUSU CITY

Bitter Winter, 5 August 2018

By Bitter Winter – A source informed Bitter Winter that in the Bashisihu township, the only mosque remains in Chen Jia Zhuang, and the government fully controls it; recently, surveillance cameras have been installed there to monitor everyone who comes to worship. The mosques have been destroyed after the new Regulations on Religious Affairs came into force in February.

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Survey: Three Million, Mostly Uyghurs, in Some Form of Political ‘Re-Education’ in Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 3 August 2018

By RFA Uyghur Service – Up to 3 million residents of northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), especially ethnic Uyghurs, may have been detained in political “re-education camps” or forced to attend “education sessions” for “de-radicalization” as of June, rights groups said Friday.

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WEEKLY BRIEF – AUGUST 3

World Uyghur Congress, 3 August 2018

Kazakh Court Releases Ethnic Kazakh Sayragul Sauytbay On Wednesday

The WUC issued a press release on Wednesday about the Kazakh government’s decision not to extradite Sayragul Sauytbay, an ethnic Kazakh from East Turkistan, who fled after being forced to teach Chinese history in the internment camps.

Despite the fact that Chinese officials have not confirmed the existence of internment camps, Ms. Sauytbay became the first instructor to publicly describe her experience in the re-education system. Her account buttresses the growing body of evidence about an extensive network of internment facilities that Uyghur activists and some scholars have likened to military prisons.

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