China is confiscating the passports of citizens in its Muslim-heavy region

Quartz, 25 November 2016


By Echo Huang — China is requiring all residents in its northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to turn in their passports.

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China confiscates passports of Xinjiang people

BBC, 25 November 2016


BBC — Chinese authorities have begun confiscating passports from people in the western region of Xinjiang, which has seen regular unrest.

The move, which the government says is aimed at combating “terrorism”, has been criticised by human rights groups.

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China: Passports Arbitrarily Recalled in Xinjiang

Human Rights Watch, 22 November 2016

Police stand outside the South Railway Station in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region on May 2, 2014.

Human Rights Watch — The Chinese government’s new policy of recalling passports restricts foreign travel for many residents of Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said today. The policy, applicable to residents of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region since at least October, gives police wide power to scrutinize residents’ proposed visits abroad.

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Senior Chinese public security official elected as Interpol president

Deutsche Welle, 9 November 2016


Deutsche Welle — At its annual general assembly on the Indonesian island of Bali on Thursday, global police organization Interpol announced that Chinese Vice Minister of Public Security Meng Hongwei had been appointed president.

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The World Uyghur Congress Raises Strong Concerns Over the Confiscation of Passports

Press Release – For immediate release
21 October 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or


The World Uyghur Congress strongly condemns the recent decision by a number of counties in East Turkestan (officially Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) to confiscate passports from Uyghur residents in the area.[1] Photos of a number of posted notices have surfaced from at least four different counties stating that Uyghur residents must promptly turn in their passports to Chinese regional authorities. No clear explanation for the policy has been announced, but follows from a number of other concerning efforts to restrict free movement within East Turkestan and elsewhere.

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China Recalls Passports Across Xinjiang Amid Ongoing Security Crackdown

Radio Free Asia, 21 October 2016


RFA Uyghur Service — Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are requiring residents, who include the mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking Uyghur group, to hand in their passports to police by early next year amid ongoing travel restrictions specific to the troubled region.

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