Weekly Brief October 20th

World Uyghur Congress, 20 October 2017

WUC Issues Press Release Expressing Concern Over China’s 19th Party Congress Rhetoric

The  World Uyghur Congress issued a press release this week expressing its deep concern with the troubling rhetoric espoused in China’s 19th Party Congress, especially in the speech of  Xi Jinping.

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This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like

Buzzed News, 18 October 2017

By Megha Rajagopalan — This is a city where growing a beard can get you reported to the police. So can inviting too many people to your wedding, or naming your child Muhammad or Medina.

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China Detains, Brainwashes ‘Wild’ Imams Who Step Out of Line in Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 17 October 2017

By Qiao Long – Authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have launched a crackdown on “wild” imams, incarcerating and brainwashing any who refuse to toe the line set by the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s religious affairs officials, sources told RFA on Monday.

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Weekly Brief October 13th

World Uyghur Congress, 13 October 2017

WUC Holds Human Rights Advocacy Training Seminar in Sweden

Starting Friday, 13 October 2017, the World Uyghur Congress is holding a 3 day Human Rights Advocacy Training Seminar for Uyghur youth in Stockholm, Sweden, in partnership with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Sweden Uyghur Education Union.

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Xinjiang Authorities Jail Four Grandchildren of Party-Faithful Uyghur Former Imam

Radio Free Asia, 12 October 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have jailed four grandchildren of an ethnic Uyghur former imam who was once recognized by the ruling Communist Party for turning two alleged “separatists” in to the police, according to his son.

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The Human Costs of Controlling Xinjiang

The Diplomat, 10 October 2017

By Zachary Torrey – The Uyghurs, one of the largest ethnic minority groups in China, have an unfortunate lot. As a group, they possess two key factors which encourage the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to repress them. First, they have a strong ethnic identity which is separate from the principal Han ethnic group which dominates the CCP.

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‘My Worst Fear is That he Has Been Taken Back to China’

Radio Free Asia, 3 October 2017

By Gulchera Hoja Bumeryem Muhammed’s husband, Muhetar Rouzi, has been missing since July 16, when he attempted to travel from Egypt to Istanbul, Turkey as Egyptian secret police rounded up some 200 Uyghur holders of Chinese passports in an operation activists say was requested by Beijing.

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Xinjiang’s Korla City Seizes Qurans, Prayer Mats From Uyghur Muslims

Radio Free Asia, 2 October 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are confiscating Qurans and prayer mats from Muslim Uyghurs in the seat of Bayin’gholin Mongol (in Chinese, Bayinguoleng Menggu) Autonomous Prefecture, according to official sources.

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