Dolkun Isa: Beijing also persecutes the Uyghurs abroad

Asia News, 21 March 2018

By Asia News – Dolkun Isa, president of the Uyghur World Congress, which is based in Munich (Germany), is a Uyghur leader living in exile. His people, who are predominantly Muslim, live in Xinjiang, a province on the border of China with Central Asia.

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China: New Supervision Law a systemic threat to human rights

Amnesty International, 20 March 2018

By Amnesty International – Responding to the news that China’s legislature today passed the Supervision Law, Amnesty International’s East Asia Regional Director Nicholas Bequelin said:

“The Supervision Law is a systemic threat to human rights in China. It places tens of millions of people at the mercy of a secretive and virtually unaccountable system that is above the law. It by-passes judicial institutions by establishing a parallel system solely run by the Chinese Communist Party with no outside checks and balances.
“The law eviscerates China’s legal system. It allows for arbitrary and prolonged incommunicado detention without any meaningful oversight and increases the risks of torture and forced ‘confessions’.
“Under the new system, supervision bodies can detain and interrogate Communist Party members or public sector personnel – virtually anyone working directly or indirectly for the government. Judges, academics and personnel of state-owned enterprises could all face up to six months detention without charge or legal process, and without guaranteed access to lawyers or their families being told.”
The Liuzhi (retention in custody) system is to replace the widely-criticized and largely informal Shuanggui system, the current internal disciplinary system of the Chinese Communist Party.
The Chinese government issued the Draft Supervision Law in November 2017 for consultation. In its formal submission on the draft law, Amnesty International urged the Chinese government to withdraw the Draft Law and make amendments to ensure any new draft law would be compatible with international human rights law and standards. The main concerns still remain even with small improvements in the Supervision Law the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, has now passed.
Days before the National People’s Congress passed the Supervision Law, it adopted an amendment to the Chinese Constitution to set up the national level Supervision Commission. According to the Constitution, the Supervision Commission is ranked higher than the Supreme People’s Court and the top prosecutor’s office.
Reported by Amnesty International
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One Step, One Voice Worldwide Demonstrations Gains International Attention

World Uyghur Congress, 20 March 2018

Photo Credit: Bir Awaz Bir Qeden

Last Thursday, 15 March 2018, hundreds of Uyghurs demonstrated in cities around the world to draw attention to the Chinese government’s repression of the Uyghur people in East Turkestan and urge the international community to take action. Demonstrations were held in 15 cities in 14 countries around the world, including: the USA, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Turkey, Sweden, the UK, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, France, Finland and Japan

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Xinjiang Authorities Up Detentions in Uyghur Majority Areas of Ghulja City

Radio Free Asia, 19 March 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are ramping up detentions in a mostly ethnic Uyghur-populated township of Ghulja (in Chinese, Yining) city in response to a directive that has seen scores of residents placed in political “re-education camps” in recent weeks, with an increasing focus on women, sources said.

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China’s Uighur ethnic minority protest in Australia ahead of exiled leader’s visit

ABC News,  15 March 2018

Women from Australia’s tiny Uighur community stepped out on Thursday to protest alleged discrimination by the Chinese Government against the ethnic minority.

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Ethnic Uighurs Protest Chinese Security Crackdown

Associated Press, 15 March 2018

By Gerry Shih – Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group held demonstrations in cities around the world to protest a sweeping Chinese surveillance and security campaign that has sent thousands of their people into detention and political indoctrination centers.

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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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Interview: ‘I Wanted Her to be Safe’

Radio Free Asia, 8 March 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Omer Ghoja’abdulla, an ethnic Uyghur Muslim from northwest China’s Xinjiang region, has been living in Istanbul, Turkey practicing traditional Uyghur medicine for the last three years. He lost contact with his sister, 55-year-old Oghulnisa Ghoja’abdulla, who lives in Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) prefecture’s Qaraqash (Moyu) county, more than a year ago, and only recently discovered that she is being held in one of the many political re-education camps throughout Xinjiang, where authorities have been detaining Uyghurs accused of harbouring “extremist” and “politically incorrect”thoughts since April last year. While he is unsure of his sister’s location, Ghoja’abdulla recently told RFA’s Uyghur Service that he believes she was detained by police to force him to return home, or because of her Muslim faith—two common motives for authorities targeting Uyghurs in Xinjiang, where members of the ethnic group have long complained of pervasive discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression under Chinese rule.

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