Around 120,000 Uyghurs Detained For Political Re-Education in Xinjiang’s Kashgar Prefecture

Radio Free Asia, 23 January 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – Around 120,000 ethnic Uyghurs are currently being held in political re-education camps in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture of northwest China’s Xinjiang region alone, according to a security official with knowledge of the detention system.

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China testing facial-recognition surveillance system in Xinjiang – report

The Guardian, 17 January 2018

By Tom Phillips – Chinese surveillance chiefs are testing a facial-recognition system that alerts authorities when targets stray more than 300 metres from their home or workplace, as part of a surveillance push that critics say has transformed the country’s western fringes into a high-tech police state.

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Communist officials move in with Uighur Muslims to promote ‘unity’

The Times, 12 January 2018

By Jamie Fullerton – More than a million Chinese Communist officials have been ordered to move into the houses of Muslim Uighur familes in an attempt to instil pro-party values.

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Beijing bets on facial recognition in a big drive for total surveillance

Washington Post, 9 January 2017

By Simon Denyer – For 40-year-old Mao Ya, the facial recognition camera that allows access to her apartment house is simply a useful convenience.

“If I am carrying shopping bags in both hands, I just have to look ahead and the door swings open,” she said. “And my 5-year-old daughter can just look up at the camera and get in. It’s good for kids because they often lose their keys.”

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Weekly Brief January 5th

World Uyghur Congress, 5 January 2017

Uyghurs Detained in ‘Re-education Camps’ Subjected to Overcrowding, Squalid Conditions

This week, Radio Free Asia reported that the thousands of innocent Uyghurs detained in the government-run ‘re-education camps’ in Korea city are enduring terrible conditions as they are being held against their will and subjected to indoctrination. Citing a former employee at the camps, Radio Free Asia reported that the Uyghurs detained in these facilities were held in overcrowded and squalid conditions, due to the large numbers of Uyghurs being held there. Despite this, more Uyghurs and being arrested and sent to these facilities daily.

China’s Surveillance of Uyghurs Intensifies

Globe and Mail Reporter Nathan VanderKlippe, who was briefly detained by Chinese authorities earlier in the year for reporting on the situation in East Turkestan, reported on the massive efforts taken by the Chinese government to monitor and track the Uyghur people in East Turkestan. Even in rural villages, the streets are filled with security cameras and police stations are a common sight, in some areas they are less than 500 meters apart.This overbearing surveillance and constant monitoring of all activities has made life difficult for all people in East Turkestan.

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China probes deeper into the lives of Uyghur minority

The Globe and Mail, 29 December 2017

By Nathan VanderKlippe – The streets in China’s far western Xinjiang region are lined with surveillance cameras, even in rural villages. In some cities, police stations have been erected every 500 metres. Public buildings are surrounded with security worthy of a military outpost. Authorities use facial recognition and body scanners at highway checkstops.

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Weekly Brief December 29th

World Uyghur Congress, 29 December 2017

Collection of DNA from Uyghur People by Chinese Authorities a Major Concern

As was reported in the Pacific Standard Magazine, the actions taken by the Chinese government to gather DNA and biometric data from the Uyghur people, Chinese dissidents and other ethnic populations should be a major concern for all of the world’s citizens. The mass collection of biometric data is being used to create a massive database to more easily monitor and control the Uyghur population and to silence dissenters. This is being done on an unprecedented scale and has been assisted by an American firm Thermo Fischer Scientific. This dystopian and repressive approach will surely have impacts beyond those on the Uyghur and Chinese populations. The rest of the world should be very concerned about what is occurring, as other repressive government may soon follow China’s example.

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Stepped-up Surveillance of Uighurs Sends ‘Realtives’ into Homes

Voice of America, 26 December 2017

By Joyce Huang – Authorities in Xinjiang launched what they call a new “relatives’ week” program this month, which requires local civil servants to spend a week with Uighur families in rural areas by the year’s end.

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