VOICES: ‘We Are Not Extremists’ – Activists Talk Chinese Suppression

The News Lens, 21 June 2017

News Lens International — Political activists from Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang say they are facing increased suppression from Beijing. Hong Kong Indigenous Party founder Ray Wong (黃台仰), World Uyghur Congress Vice President Umit Hamit and Inner Mongolian People’s Party Chair Temtsiltu Shobtsood were in Taiwan last month.

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Beijing ramps up Xinjiang culture war during Ramadan

UCA News, 21 June 2017

UCA News — Alleged gross human rights abuses are piling up in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region as the holy month of Ramadan continues amid disturbing crackdowns on minority Muslims by the Chinese government.

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Chinese Police Detain at Least 10 Ethnic Kazakhs in Xinjiang For ‘Ties With Uyghurs

Radio Free Asia, 19 June 2017
By Qiao Long — 
Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained around 10 ethnic minority Kazakhs for “having close ties” with a group of Muslim ethnic minority Uyghurs, local sources told RFA.

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China ‘punished’ about 100 minority Uighurs for observing Ramadan fast

International Business Times, 16 June 2017

By Ananya Roy — Chinese authorities have reportedly punished at least 100 Uighur Muslims, an ethnic Turkish group, living in the Xinjiang province for observing Ramadan – the Muslim holy month of fasting. The communist nation has long banned religious practices and activities in the country.

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China Embeds Cadres in Uyghur Homes During Ramadan

Radio Free Asia, 8 June 2017

By Gulchehra Hoja — Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are doubling down on a bid to prevent Muslim Uyghurs from fasting and praying during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan by embedding Chinese officials in their homes, according to official sources.

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China Extends Ban on ‘Extreme’ Uyghur Baby Names to Children Under 16

Radio Free Asia, 2 June 2017

By Mihray Abdulin — Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have extended a recently introduced ban on “extreme” Islamic names for ethnic Uyghur babies to include anyone up to the age of 16, according to official sources and residents, and the order may soon include Uyghurs of all ages.

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China’s claims of human rights progress in Xinjiang ‘flimsy propaganda’, say pressure groups

South China Morning Post, 2 June 2017

By Nectar Gan — “Great progress” has been achieved in promoting human rights in Xinjiang under Communist Party rule, the Chinese government said in a white paper issued on Thursday, despite growing criticism among rights and exile groups who accuse Beijing of enforcing sweeping social control measures and placing restrictions on religious practice in the region.

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China is touting its protection of human rights in a Muslim-majority region riven by violence

Quartz, 2 June 2017

By Echo Huang — China put out a policy paper today on human rights in the Muslim-heavy Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where the Chinese government has been cracking down extensively in recent years. 

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