China’s dystopian rule over a Muslim minority

The Washington Post, 17 August 2018

By Ishaan Tharoor – Beijing has long made it difficult to report in Xinjiang, a far-flung region along its mountainous borders with Pakistan and other countries in Central Asia. The foreign journalists who manage to make it there find themselves tracked by local security forces and burdened by the constant risk of endangering the sources they contact.

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Inside China’s surveillance state

Financial Times, 20 July 2018

By Louise Lucas and Emily Feng –  Zhejiang Hangzhou No 11 High School, on the fringes of downtown Hangzhou in eastern China, is a green, peaceful-seeming place to learn. Gazebo-like structures nestle among lush foliage; grey stone sculptures enact eternal dioramas and Japanese maples gently fan placid lakes. 

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Spy For Us — Or Never Speak To Your Family Again

Buzzfeed, 9 July 2018

By Megha Rajagopalan – Spying on behalf of the Chinese state went against everything O. believed in.

Yet even as he sat thousands of miles away in a quiet town in Sweden, he knew the police in his home country held something over him that could compel him to do just that — the freedom of his teenage son.

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Amnesty International, 21 June 2018

Guligeina Tashimaimaiti has not been heard from since 26 December 2017, when she returned from Malaysia to her hometown in Yili, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Her family fear that she has been detained at a re-education camp and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

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Every new car in China must have a tracking chip starting next year

Quartz, 14 June 2018

By Triptik Lahiri – China’s surveillance state already tracks people’s faces. Now it’s also going to track their cars, the Wall Street Journal has reported (paywall).

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FIFPro, 13 June 2018

FIFPro is concerned about the reported detention of one of China’s most promising young footballers.

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Interview: ‘The Most Painful Part of Losing My Mother’

Radio Free Asia, 13 June 2018

Dolkun Isa, the president of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress exile group, recently learned from a close family friend that his mother, Ayhan Memet, died in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) on May 17 at the age of 78.

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Issue 12: Uyghurs’ Smartphones Checked for Religious Content

World Uyghur Congress, 27 May 2018

In clear connection between freedom of expression and movement, Uyghurs are very often stopped and searched by police and are forced to hand over their smartphones. Their phones are then checked for “religious content” deemed unacceptable and are often detained. Simply possessing religious videos or texts can now land Uyghurs in prison on extremism charges. Others have been arrested for trying to “illegally access websites” with religious content.

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