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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Uyghur Human Rights Activist Expelled from UNPFII

UNPO, 10 May 2017

UNPO — On 26 April 2017, Uyghur human rights activist and member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) Dolkun Isa, who was participating in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), was forced to leave the UN premises.

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Uyghurs Studying Abroad Ordered Back to Xinjiang Under Threat to Families

Radio Free Asia, 10 May 2017

By Shorhet Hoshur — Uyghur students enrolled in schools outside China are being ordered by Chinese authorities to return to their home towns by May 20, with family members in some cases held hostage to force their return, sources in Xinjiang and in Egypt say.

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China’s Tourism Industry Ordered to Monitor, Report on Visitors to Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 5 May 2017

By Xin Lin — Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have issued a region-wide clampdown on the tourism industry, asking tour guides to monitor the behavior of visitors ahead of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s regional economic cooperation summit next week, RFA has learned.

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China to deploy drones, wire fencing along Xinjiang border to prevent infiltration

The Hindustan Times, 3 May 2017

The Hindustan Times — China will deploy drones, install surveillance cameras and barbed wire fencing to patrol the over 5,600-kilometre border of its restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang province bordering the PoK and Afghanistan to curb infiltration of Uyghur militants, a media report said on Tuesday.

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