Chinese Police Order Xinjiang’s Muslims to Hand in All Copies of The Quran

Radio Free Asia, 27 September 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have ordered ethnic minority Muslim families to hand in religious items including prayer mats and copies of the Quran to the authorities, RFA has learned.

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Egyptian Authorities Forcibly Disappear 16 Uyghur Students From Notorious Prison

Radio Free Asia, 25 September 2017

By Gulchehra Hoja – Egyptian authorities have released up to 25 of more than 100 Uyghur students from northwestern China’s Xinjiang region who were detained earlier this year in the country’s notorious Tora Prison, though armed police put black hoods on 16 others and took them away, three recently released Uyghurs said.

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Weekly Brief September 22

World Uyghur Congress, 22 September 2017

Situation of Detained Uyghur Students Raised in UN Human Rights Council

During the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council an Item 4 Oral Statement was made on behalf of the The Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty regarding the Uyghur students who are currently imprisoned in Egypt on baseless charges.

At least 22 have already been forcibly returned to China where they have disappeared. We fear that they may be at risk of arbitrary detention, forced re-education or torture. Approximately 200 more Uyghur, many of them students remain in detention in Egypt uncertain of their fate.

There have been reports that 12 Uyghurs were released by Egyptian authorities 2 weeks ago. We hope that the rest of the innocent Uyghur students will also be immediately released and that no more Uyghurs will be deported to China where they are at risk of torture, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance.

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China Tightens Controls on Religious Activity, Targets Ethnic Groups

Radio Free Asia, 14 September 2017

By Xin Lin – The ruling Chinese Communist Party has intensified government control over religious activities ahead of a key political meeting next month, sparking fears of further human rights violations targeting religious believers and ethnic minority groups.

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Chinese Muslim sentenced to two years for teaching about Islam online

The Daily Sabah, 11 September 2017

A member of a Muslim minority group has been sentenced to two years in a Chinese prison after forming online discussions groups to teach about Islam.

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China Jails Muslim Man, Sets Limits on Overseas Stays by Its Kazakh Nationals

Radio Free Asia, 11 September 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have jailed an ethnic Kazakh Muslim for “engaging in illegal religious activities,”sources in the region told RFA.

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China tightens regulation of religion to ‘block extremism’

Reuters, 7 September 2017

By Christian Shepard – China’s cabinet on Thursday passed new rules to regulate religion to bolster national security, fight extremism and restrict faith practiced outside organizations approved by the state.

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