URGENT ACTION: Uighur Woman Incommunicado After Secret Trial

Amnesty International, 29 September 2017

Buzainafu Abudourexiti, who returned to China in 2015 after studying for two years in Egypt, was suddenly detained in March 2017 and sentenced in a secret trial to seven years in prison. No information has been provided about the charges against her, but it is believed that it may be part of a wider crackdown on Uighur students who studied abroad. Held incommunicado, she is at grave risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

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Chen Quanguo: The Strongman Behind Beijing’s Securitization Strategy in Tibet and Xinjiang

China Brief, 21 September 2017

By Adrian Zenz & James Leibold – Over the last year, Chen Quanguo (陈全国) has dramatically increased the police presence in Xinjiang by advertising over 90,000 new police and security-related positions. [1] This soldier-turned-politician is little known outside of China, but within China he has gained a reputation as an ethnic policy innovator, pioneering a range of new methods for securing Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rule over Uyghurs, Tibetans and other ethnic minorities in western China.

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China Jails Muslim Man, Sets Limits on Overseas Stays by Its Kazakh Nationals

Radio Free Asia, 11 September 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have jailed an ethnic Kazakh Muslim for “engaging in illegal religious activities,”sources in the region told RFA.

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Why China must scrap new laws that tighten the authorities’ grip on religious practice

Amnesty International, 31 August 2017

By Roseann Rife – As millions of Muslims worldwide prepare for the Hajj, those hoping to independently undertake the journey from China are more likely to end up in jail than in Saudi Arabia.

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Urumqi Officials Confirm Security Checks For Uyghur, Kazakh Vehicle Registrants

Radio Free Asia, 29 August 2017

By Kurban Niyaz – Authorities in the capital of northwestern China’s Xinjiang region are requiring all ethnic Uyghur and Kazakh individuals to undergo a stringent background check before registering a vehicle in the city, official sources have confirmed.

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China Targets Turkic, Muslim Ethnic Groups For Detention, Additional Security Checks

Radio Free Asia, 24 August 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have instituted racial profiling as part of the registration process for new vehicles, in a move that exile groups said was likely a response to recent terror attacks in Europe.

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Uighur Arrest in Italy Sparks Fears of Chinese Interference in Europe

Voice of America, 4 August 2017

By Joyce Huang – The brief detention of a prominent exiled Uighur leader in Italy last week is raising alarm among human rights groups, who see it as a sign of growing Chinese political influence in Europe.

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Exiled Uighur group condemns Italy’s detention of its general secretary

Reuters, 31 July 2017

By Michael Martina — A prominent Uighur exile was detained briefly by police in Italy, his organization said on Friday, calling on the European Union to investigate whether China had pressured Italian authorities to take action.

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