Twelve Days in Xinjiang: How China’s Surveillance State Overwhelms Daily Life

Wall Street Journal, 20 December 2017

By Josh Chin & Clément Bürge – This city on China’s Central Asia frontier may be one of the most closely surveilled places on earth.

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China Detains Kazakhs During ‘Unity Week’ in Troubled Xinjiang Region

Radio Free Asia, 19 December 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained dozens of people for retweeting electronic greetings cards celebrating independence day in neighboring Kazakhstan, which marks its independence from the former Soviet Union on Dec. 16, RFA has learned.

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Thousands Of Uighurs In China Are Being Imprisoned Without Trial

Carbonated TV, 18 December 2017

By Amna Zaman – The Chinese government is reportedly using detentions and data-driven surveillance to impose a digital police state in the country’s Xinjiang region, which is home to a majority of Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic minority.

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Weekly Brief December 15th

World Uyghur Congress, 15 December 2017

Chinese Authorities Collect DNA from Millions of Uyghurs

It was widely reported this week that Chinese authorities have escalated their efforts to collect DNA samples and establish biometric profiles of the Uyghur people by making all Uyghurs between the ages of 12-65 give their finger prints, iris scans and blood types under the guise of a ‘Physicals for All’ public health program. The WUC congress has expressed its concern in the past over the practice of forcing Uyghurs to give their biological data in order to receive a passport, but this newest initiative represents a significant escalation.

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China collecting DNA, biometrics from millions in Xinjiang: report

CNN,  13 December 2017

By James Griffiths – Authorities in China’s far-west are collecting DNA samples, fingerprints, eye scans and blood types of millions of people aged 12 to 65, according to a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.

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Uyghur Migrant Life in the City During the “People’s War”

Youth Circulations, 30 October 2017

By Darren Byler & Nicola Zolin — In May 2014 the Chinese state declared a “People’s War on Terror.” This war was directed at what was perceived to be the Islamic “extremism” of young Uyghur men and women. Uyghurs are a Turkic Muslim minority group that is indigenous to Chinese Central Asia, or what in colonial terms is referred to as “the New Dominion” (Xinjiang).

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Nearly 20 Uyghur Students Unaccounted For Four Months After Egypt Raids

Radio Free Asia, 30 October 2017

By Abduweli Ayup – Nearly 20 Uyghur students in Egypt’s capital Cairo are unaccounted for some four months after authorities launched a dragnet targeting members of the ethnic minority at China’s behest, according to two of the young men, who said they endured regular abuse while in detention.

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