Weekly Brief July 7th

World Uyghur Congress, 7 July 2017

Egyptian Police Detain and Deport Uyghur Students

A number of Uyghur students studying in Cairo have been arrested in recent days, with reports indicating that some have already been returned to China with others at risk of deportation.

At least 12 Uyghur students were deported and put on a flight to China late Thursday (7 July 2017), and 22 more were detained for immediate deportation, three Egyptian aviation officials said. On July 4th, we were told that 30 Uyghur students were arrested at Eslem Uyghur restaurant in Cairo’s 7th district, including students working in the restaurant. Further reports indicate that more than 80 Uyghurs have been arrested in Cairo in July so far.

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China Detains ‘More Than 100’ Uyghur Muslims Returning From Overseas Pilgrimage

Radio Free Asia, 4 July 2017

By Qiao Long — Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are holding hundreds of ethnic minority Uyghur Muslims after they returned from overseas pilgrimage, sources in the region told RFA.

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RPT-Security clampdown in far-western China exacts toll on businesses

Reuters, 28 June 2017

By Sue-Lin Wong — The economy of the vast Xinjiang region in far western China is officially growing at a robust pace, faster than the country as a whole. That is largely thanks to big investments in infrastructure from Beijing as the region – with its links to much of central Asia – is critical to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s new Silk Road initiative.

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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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Uyghurs Forced to Undergo Medical Exams, DNA Sampling

Radio Free Asia, 22 May 2017

By Eset Sulayman — Ethnic Muslim Uyghurs in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are being given mandatory health examinations that include DNA collection, according to residents, causing concern among some observers who have called on Beijing to explain its motive behind the mass checkups.

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China Targets Xinjiang Region For Mass DNA Sampling of Local Population

Radio Free Asia, 18 May 2017

By Xi Wang Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang are carrying out mass collection of DNA from individuals not suspected of any crime, rights groups and academics said.

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China moves to expand DNA testing in Muslim region

ABC News, 16 May 2017

By Matthew Brown — China appears to be laying the groundwork for the mass collection of DNA samples from residents of a restive, largely Muslim region that’s been under a security crackdown, rights observers and independent experts said Tuesday.

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China: Police DNA Database Threatens Privacy

Human Rights Watch, 16 May 2017

Human Rights Watch — China’s police are collecting DNA from individuals for a nationally searchable database without oversight, transparency, or privacy protections, Human Rights Watch said today. Evidence suggests that the regional government in Xinjiang, an ethnic minority region with a history of government repression, intends to accelerate the collection and indexing of DNA.

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