Remembering Tiananmen; The Uighur Crackdown

WSJ, 4 June 2018

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China has turned Xinjiang into a police state like no other

The Economist, 31 May 2018

“THE prophet Sulayman approached his son and said to him, ‘I have received a message from God. I want you to circle the Earth and see if there are more people who are alive in spirit or more people who are dead in spirit.’ After a period the son returned and said, ‘Father I went to many places and everywhere I went I saw more people who were dead than those who were alive.’”

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Issue 19: Removal of Islamic Iconography

World Uyghur Congress, 3 June 2018

As the Chinese government attempts to ‘Sinicize’ all religions in China, especially Islam, any cultural or religious iconography seen as incompatible with Chinese culture is being targeted and removed. Secular buildings were the first target, with any Islamic motifs being banned from public and private buildings and many Arab style buildings were converted into Chinese style pavilions. This has been followed by a ban on building any new ‘Arabic’ style mosques, with any new buildings reportedly having to conform to Chinese cultural and architectural traditions.

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Issue 18: Confiscation of Religious Materials

World Uyghur Congress, 2 June 2018

In 2017, Chinese authorities in East Turkistan ordered Uyghurs to hand to in religious materials, including copies of the Quran, prayer mats and religious books. Chinese police reportedly sent out an order over social media instructing Uyghurs to voluntarily hand in these items or face punishment. Qurans and prayer mats are essential to practicing Uyghur Muslims and almost every Uyghur household would possess these items. Their confiscation is a needlessly oppressive measure that makes it impossible to meaningfully practice Islam.

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Issue 17: Detentions on Religious Charges: Merdan Seyitakhun

World Uyghur Congress, 1 June 2018

Merdan Seyitakhun was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Ili Intermediate Court on 14 April 2008 after being charged with ‘acts of separatism’. He, along with 11 other Uyghur men were from Ghulja and Nelke counties were arrested by Chinese authorities between March and June 2008 for teaching Islam to children and engaging in ‘illegal religious activities’.

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Issue 16: Regulations of De-extremification

World Uyghur Congress, 31 May 2018

On 1 April 2017, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Regulations on De-extremification came into force, after being adopted on March 29th by regional authorities.  The measures built on other restrictive legilsation passed by the Chinese authorities, including the XUAR Religious Affairs Regulations in 2015 and the XUAR Implementing Measures of the Counter-Terrorism Law of the People’s Republic of China in 2016.

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The Increasing Challenge of Foreign Correspondence in China

Asia Society, 31 May 2018 

By Matt Schiavenza – The rise of Xi Jinping as China’s most powerful leader in decades has coincided with tightened censorship, heightened propaganda, and greater pressure applied to foreign correspondents than before. In this challenging environment, Megha Rajagopalan has worked since 2017 as a Beijing-based correspondent for BuzzFeed News, where she has covered a range of stories in China, North Korea and elsewhere in Asia.

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Interview: ‘I Cannot Express The Pain And Helplessness I Feel’

Radio Free Asia, 31 May 2018

By Gulchehra Hoja – Nurbiye Nurtay, an ethnic Uyghur Muslim from northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), has been living in Malaysia practicing traditional Uyghur medicine for the last three years.

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