China Reports Arrests of Uyghurs, Han Chinese For Sharing ‘Extremist’ Content

Radio Free Asia, 10 May 2018

By Alim Seytoff – Chinese authorities in the northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have detained 15 individuals accused of spreading “extremist and illegal” content online following tips handed in by informers, Chinese state media said on Thursday.

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China’s Xinjiang Crackdown Continues

The Diplomat, 31 March 2018

By Cal Wong – In recent months, the Chinese government has stepped up security intensity in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region. A public alarm system rings out three times a day through the streets of Kashgar in Xinjiang, after which shopkeepers “rush out of their stores swinging government-issued wooden clubs,” according to Reuters. These are part of mandatory anti-terror drills supervised by local police. The shopkeepers fight off imaginary knife-wielding terrorists, while armored vehicles drive around menacingly.

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Growing Religious Persecution In China A Symptom Of Xi’s Consolidation Of Power

Forbes, 28 March 2018

By Olivia Enos – Dozens gathered in Washington, D.C., last week to commemorate the life of Li Baiguang, a well-known human rights lawyer and advocate for Christians in China. Li died on Feb. 25 under suspicious circumstancesafter being admitted to Chinese Military Hospital No. 81 complaining of minor stomach pains. This was not the first time that Li’s life was under threat.

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China’s Domestic Security Spending: An Analysis of Available Data

The Jamestown Foundation, 12 March 2018

By Adrian Zenz – On February 1, 2018, China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) revealed a stunning 92.8 percent increase in its domestic security spending: from 30.05 billion RMB in 2016 to 57.95 billion RMB in 2017 (Xinjiang Net, 3 February). Within a decade, this figure has increased nearly ten-fold, up from 5.45 billion RMB in 2007.

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Beijing is spending its way to ‘an experiment of what is possible’ to police Xinjiang’s Uyghurs

Globe and Mail, 8 March 2018

By Nathan Vanderklippe – Security spending in China’s far western Xinjiang region nearly doubled last year and now far exceeds what is spent on health care or social welfare in a place where authorities have responded harshly to threats of terrorism among the largely Muslim Uyghur population.

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Exiled Uyghur Leader Says ‘Red Notice’ Demonstrates China’s Harassment of Critics Abroad

Radio Free Asia,  7 March 2018

By Kurban Niyaz – Prominent exiled Uyghur activist Dolkun Isa said Wednesday that a “Red Notice” alert for his arrest, which was recently removed by international policing organization INTERPOL, is “just one example” of how China’s government is using the alleged threat of terrorism to silence its critics around the world.

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Press Conference Announcement: WUC President to Speak at National Press Club in Washington D.C. on March 7th

World Uyghur Congress, 6 March 2018

On March 7th, the World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur Human Rights Project will convene a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. at 12:30 PM. The press conference will feature WUC President Dolkun Isa, who will discuss the recent announcement from INTERPOL that it had deleted the ‘red notice’ on his name after important work from the UK-based organisation, Fair Trials, showed the notice to be politically motivated and the Chinese allegations of criminality unsubstantiated.

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China upset as Interpol removes wanted alert for exiled Uighur leader

Reuters, 24 February 2018

By Ben Blanchard – China expressed dissatisfaction on Saturday at Interpol’s decision to lift a wanted alert for an exile from its Uighur minority, a man China accuses of being a terrorist.

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