Chinese authorities launch ‘anti-halal’ crackdown in Xinjiang

The Guardian,10 October 2018

By Lily Ku0 – Authorities in Xinjiang have launched a campaign against the “spread of halal,” claiming the growing number of halal products is encouraging religious extremism in the heavily monitored Chinese region.

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China legalizes Xinjiang ‘re-education camps’ after denying they exist

CNN, 10 October 2018

By Ben Werstcott  Authorities in China’s far-western Xinjiang region appear to have officially legalized so-called re-education camps for people accused of religious extremism a little more than a month after denying such centers exist.

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US lawmakers call on Trump to help detained Chinese Muslims

The Washington Post, 10 October 2018

By Yanan Wang and Dake Kang – A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers wants President Donald Trump to help Muslims respond to a sweeping crackdown in China’s northwest.

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Bitter Winter, 9 October 2018

By Li Zaili – During China’s infamous Cultural Revolution, public trial meetings were commonplace. In these trials, people who were seen as violators of any kind by the Communist Party were put through public criticism and humiliation (pīdòu) for everyone to see.

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China Grows More Repressive

WSJ, 9 October 2018

By Marco Rubio & Chris Smith – U.S. policy toward China has assumed for decades that trade, investment and other engagement would eventually persuade Beijing to accept and embrace the international order. This optimism was misplaced. The Chinese Communist Party proved resistant to change. As documented in the new 2018 annual report of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China, or CECC, the party unflinchingly continues to preserve its monopoly on domestic political power through state-sponsored repression, surveillance, indoctrination and brutality.

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One belt, one road, one million prisoners: China’s secret war on Muslims along the ‘Silk Road’

gal-dem, 8 October 2018

By Sahar Shah – In March last year, a local radio employee received a phone call from his district’s police station, asking him to report to a “re-education camp” in Xinjiang. “The reason why I was caught is because I went to Egypt to study Islam in 2007,” he tells gal-dem over a WhatsApp call. He is too afraid to use his real name or Facebook.

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Early breakfasts and no alcohol get China’s Uighurs sent for re-education

The Times UK, 7 October 2018

By Amy Hawkins – At the southeastern corner of the China nationalities museum in Beijing, the Uighur “ethnic landscape” is looking worse for wear. The paint along the walkway is peeling and cracks have appeared in the dusty pottery houses that are designed to exhibit the traditional culture of the Uighur people.

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Interview: ‘We Give Them a Warning Before Ordering Them to Stand as Punishment’

Radio Free Asia, 4 October 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Beginning in April 2017, Uyghurs accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas have been jailed or detained in re-education camps throughout northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where members of the ethnic group have long complained of pervasive discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression under Chinese rule.

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