Securitisation and Mass Detentions in Xinjiang

The CESS Blog, 18 August 2018

By Rachel Harris – The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China is home to some 12 million indigenous Turkic speaking Muslims, primarily Uyghurs but also smaller numbers of Kazakhs and others. It is now one of the most heavily policed areas in the world. Inhabitants are controlled and monitored to an extraordinary degree and detained in extraordinary numbers. These extreme policies are justified by the claim that China is fighting Islamic radicalisation and extremism.

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China Is Going to Outrageous Lengths to Surveil Its Own Citizens

The Atlantic, 16 August 2018

By Sigal Samuel – China has reportedly begun deploying flocks of drones disguised as birds to surveil its citizens. The drones have wings that flap so realistically they’re difficult to distinguish from actual birds. In fact, animals on the ground often can’t make the distinction, and even real birds in the sky sometimes fly alongside the drones. The robotic birds can mimic 90 percent of the movements of their biological counterparts, and they’re also very quiet, which helps them avoid detection. 

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Chinese Landlord Rents to Uyghurs, is Arrested on ‘Terror’ Charge

Radio Free Asia, 14 August 2018

By Kurban Niyaz – Police in central China’s Henan province have arrested a Chinese landlord who rented his home to three ethnic Uyghurs without approval from the police, charging him with violating “safety precautions” under a provision of China’s Counter-Terrorism Law.

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Islamic Leaders Have Nothing to Say About China’s Internment Camps for Muslims

Foreign Policy, 24 July 2018

By Nithin Coca – Internment camps with up to a million prisoners. Empty neighborhoods. Students, musicians, athletes, and peaceful academics jailed. A massive high-tech surveillance state that monitors and judges every movement. The future of more than 10 million Uighurs, the members of China’s Turkic-speaking Muslim minority, is looking increasingly grim.

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Inside China’s surveillance state

Financial Times, 20 July 2018

By Louise Lucas and Emily Feng –  Zhejiang Hangzhou No 11 High School, on the fringes of downtown Hangzhou in eastern China, is a green, peaceful-seeming place to learn. Gazebo-like structures nestle among lush foliage; grey stone sculptures enact eternal dioramas and Japanese maples gently fan placid lakes. 

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Chinese firms cash in on Xinjiang’s growing police state

The Business Times, 27 June 2018

By The Business Times – China’s construction of a vast, all-seeing police state in its fractious far west has triggered a government spending spree worth billions to firms providing a hi-tech network of cameras and “re-education centres”.

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Issue 26 – Detentions of Religious Charges – Huseyin Cell

World Uyghur Congress, 10 June 2018

Huseyin Celil was a charismatic Uyghur imam, who is currently serving a life sentence in China for ‘terrorist’ activities. The nature of the allegations against Huseyin Celil have never been specified or substantiated by the Chinese government and it is assumed that he is being punished for peaceful political activities he engaged in before he left East Turkistan. He had advocated for human rights and better representation for the Uyghur people before fleeing the country.

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Issue 16: Regulations of De-extremification

World Uyghur Congress, 31 May 2018

On 1 April 2017, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Regulations on De-extremification came into force, after being adopted on March 29th by regional authorities.  The measures built on other restrictive legilsation passed by the Chinese authorities, including the XUAR Religious Affairs Regulations in 2015 and the XUAR Implementing Measures of the Counter-Terrorism Law of the People’s Republic of China in 2016.

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