WEEKLY BRIEF – JULY 27

World Uyghur Congress, 27 July 2018

US Government Holds Hearing on Human Rights Crisis in East Turkistan

This week, Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), convened a hearing on the Surveillance, Suppression, and Mass Detention: Xinjiang’s Human Rights Crisis. The hearing looked at the serious and deteriorating human rights situation faced by Uyghurs, examined the Chinese government’s efforts to build the world’s most advanced police state in East Turkistan and explored policy options to address these issues within U.S.-China relations.

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US Officials, Lawmaker Slam China Over Religious Persecution of Ethnic Uyghurs

Radio Free Asia, 27 July 2018

By RFA Uyghur Service – Top U.S. officials and a U.S. lawmaker have called out China in recent days for its treatment of ethnic Uyghurs in the country’s northwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), slamming Beijing for what they said was a systematic effort to destroy the Muslim minority’s religious and cultural identity.

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‘We Shouldn’t Allow Ilham Tohti to Become a Second Liu Xiaobo’

 

Radio Free Asia, 27 July 2018

By RFA Uyghur Service – Hu Jia, a Chinese human rights activist and critic of the Communist Party of China, has closely followed the case of Ilham Tohti, an outspoken economics professor who regularly highlighted the religious and cultural persecution of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority.

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China’s Xinjiang Province: A Surveillance State Unlike Any the World Has Ever Seen

SPIEGEL, 26 July 2018

By Bernhard Zand – These days, the city of Kashgar in westernmost China feels a bit like Baghdad after the war. The sound of wailing sirens fills the air, armed trucks patrol the streets and fighter jets roar above the city. The few hotels that still host a smattering of tourists are surrounded by high concrete walls. Police in protective vests and helmets direct the traffic with sweeping, bossy gestures, sometimes yelling at those who don’t comply.

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Patriotic songs and self-criticism: why China is ‘re-educating’ Muslims in mass detention camps

The Conversation, 25 July 2018

By Michael Clarke – China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies their existence. But extensive reporting by international media and human rights groups indicates that upwards of hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs – a Muslim-minority ethnic group – have been detained in sprawling “re-education” centres in the far-western Xinjiang region of China.

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China: one in five arrests take place in ‘police state’ Xinjiang

The Guardian, 25 July 2018

By Lily Kuo – One in five arrests in China last year took place in Xinjiang, the nominally autonomous western territory that critics say has been turned into a police state rife with human rights violations.

Analysing publicly available government data, the advocacy group Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), found 21% of all arrests in China in 2017 were in Xinjiang, which accounts for about 1.5% of China’s population. Indictments in Xinjiang, accounted for 13% of all charges handed down in the country last year.

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‘Uighur 11’ to remain in Malaysian prison

Free Malaysia Today, 25 July 2018

By V Anbalagan – Eleven Uighur Muslims charged with breaking Malaysian immigration laws will remain in prison as the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has yet to make a decision on their applications to drop charges.

Deputy public prosecutor Najwa Bistaman told magistrate Wong Chai Sia that the status of their representations to the AGC has not been made known.

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Islamic Leaders Have Nothing to Say About China’s Internment Camps for Muslims

Foreign Policy, 24 July 2018

By Nithin Coca – Internment camps with up to a million prisoners. Empty neighborhoods. Students, musicians, athletes, and peaceful academics jailed. A massive high-tech surveillance state that monitors and judges every movement. The future of more than 10 million Uighurs, the members of China’s Turkic-speaking Muslim minority, is looking increasingly grim.

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