China orders GPS tracking of every car in troubled region

The Guardian, 22 February 2017

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By Tom Phillips — Security officials in China’s violence-stricken north-west have ordered residents to install GPS tracking devices in their vehicles so authorities are able to keep permanent tabs on their movements.

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Vehicles to Get Compulsory GPS Tracking in Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 21 February 2017

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By Wong Siu-san and Sing Man — Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have issued orders for all vehicles to have compulsory GPS trackers installed, local officials confirmed to RFA on Monday.
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For Xinjiang’s Uyghurs, ‘Hashar’ by Any Other Name Still Means Forced Labor

Radio Free Asia, 17 February 2017

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RFA Uyghur Service — While Chinese officials in the Xinjiang region insist that they no longer compel Uyghurs to supply free labor for public works projects, in reality they have only changed the name of the practice, RFA’s Uyghur Service has learned.

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Uighur advocate cancels trip on political concerns

The Taipei Times, 15 February 2017

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By Chen Wei-han — World Uyghur Congress president Rebiya Kadeer has canceled plans to visit Taiwan due to the intervention of “specific individuals,” the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) said yesterday.

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Beijing’s Eyes and Ears Grow Sharper in Xinjiang

Foreign Affairs, 3 January 2017

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By James Leibold & Adrian Zenz — The troubled region of Xinjiang, in China’s northwest, has undergone a dramatic transformation over the last couple of months. Thousands of local police stations have cropped up across the region and tens of thousands of policemen have been recruited to man them around the clock.

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Police Confiscate Passports in Parts of Xinjiang, in Western China

The New York Times, 1 December 2016

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By Edward Wong — Police officers in parts of the vast western Chinese region of Xinjiang have been ordering residents to hand over their passports since October, according to residents interviewed by telephone this week and online photographs of orders from local police departments.

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

Quartz, 25 November 2016

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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

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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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