Xinjiang Authorities Take Further Steps Towards Total Digital Surveillance

Radio Free Asia, 29 June 2017

By Qiao Long and Ghulchera Hoja — Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are ordering residents to hand in all digital devices for “checking” at local police stations by Aug. 1, as part of an operation targeting “terrorist videos,” according to an announcement and official sources.

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In China’s far west the ‘perfect police state’ is emerging

The Guardian, 23 June 2017

By Tom Phillips — It was Friday, the Islamic day of assembly, but outside Kashgar’s Id Kah mosque on Liberation Avenue it was the growl of diesel engines that filled the air not a muezzin’s wistful cry.

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Beijing ramps up Xinjiang culture war during Ramadan

UCA News, 21 June 2017

UCA News — Alleged gross human rights abuses are piling up in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region as the holy month of Ramadan continues amid disturbing crackdowns on minority Muslims by the Chinese government.

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China ‘punished’ about 100 minority Uighurs for observing Ramadan fast

International Business Times, 16 June 2017

By Ananya Roy — Chinese authorities have reportedly punished at least 100 Uighur Muslims, an ethnic Turkish group, living in the Xinjiang province for observing Ramadan – the Muslim holy month of fasting. The communist nation has long banned religious practices and activities in the country.

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China created a new terrorist threat by repressing secessionist fervor in its western frontier

Quartz, 1 June 2017

By Lindsey Kennedy & Nathan Paul — In the early hours of New Year’s Day in 2017, a heavily armed gunman stormed Reina, an exclusive Istanbul nightclub on the Bosphorus coast, murdering 39. ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre, but the Turkish deputy prime minister swiftly made an incendiary claim: the perpetrators, he said, were “probably” Uyghur—the ethnically Turkic Muslims indigenous to the region of northwest China officially called the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

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Xinjiang Authorities Confiscate ‘Extremist’ Qurans From Uyghur Muslims

Radio Free Asia, 29 May 2017

By Shohret Hoshur — Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region are confiscating all Qurans published more than five years ago due to “extremist content,” according to local officials, amid an ongoing campaign against “illegal” religious items owned by mostly Muslim ethnic Uyghur residents.

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Xi Jinping wants to work with Turkey on counter-terrorism

The Strait Times, 16 May 2017

The Strait Times — Chinese President Xi Jinping has told his Turkish counterpart, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that the two should deepen counter-terrorism cooperation amid Chinese concern about ethnic Uighurs from its Xinjiang region fighting with militants in the Middle East.

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Anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise in China. We found that the Internet fuels — and fights — this.

The Washington Post, 12 May 2017

By Rose Luqiu & Fan Yang — During the National People’s Congress in March, top officials from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, a Muslim-majority area in northwest China, warned political leaders that terrorist activities threatened to destabilize China.

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