THE FAMILIES LEFT BEHIND: RFA’S UYGHUR REPORTERS TELL THE STORIES OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS’ DETENTIONS

Radio Free Asia,  4 April 2018

By RFA Journalists – Gulchehra Hoja, the former host and creator of a children’s TV program on the history of Xinjiang, has reported for RFA’s Uyghur Service for 17 years.

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Uyghur Official Arrested For Sympathizing With Political ‘Re-Education Camp’ Detainees

Radio Free Asia, 3 April 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have detained a Uyghur official after she “expressed sympathy” for fellow members of her ethnic group who were rounded up over the last year and placed in the region’s vast network of political “re-education camps,” according to sources.

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Weekly Brief March 30th

World Uyghur Congress, 30 March 2018

Religious Persecution of Uyghurs Increases as Xi Jinping Consolidates Power

Multiple media outlets reported this past week about the increasing and targeted religious persecution of Uyghurs in East Turkestan under Chinese President Xi Jinping. Forbes contributor Olivia Enos wrote a piece on how the religious persecution of Uyghurs and Christians in particular had increased under the rule of Xi Jinping, especially in the last year as he consolidated his absolute authority. Citing a Freedom House report, the article points to 4 general trends of religious persecution under Xi Jinping: “First, the CCP is expanding control over religious leaders and places of worship. Second, authorities are engaging in “thought reform” and “reeducation.” Third, penalties for disobeying religious restrictions are becoming harsher, sometimes even deadly. And fourth, Chinese authorities are resorting to “economic punishment, commodification, and exploitation.”

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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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Xinjiang confiscates ‘ethnic’ goods, ships prisoners out of province to solve crowding

China Aid, 29 March 2018

By China Aid – The ongoing crackdown against ethnic minorities, especially those who are predominantly Muslim, continues in China’s far western Xinjiang region. Authorities are confiscating and destroying goods that appear ‘ethnic,’ and the prisons and detention camp “training centers” in the region are so full that detainees are being shipped to other provinces to make room.

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THE DISAPPEARED

Foreign Policy, 29 March 2018

By Zach Dorfman – Before he disappeared from his luxury apartment at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong on Jan. 27, 2017, Xiao Jianhua, a Chinese-Canadian billionaire, favored female bodyguards. Why, exactly, was unclear: Perhaps he simply liked being surrounded by women; perhaps he trusted them more than men.

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China is trying to prevent the formation of a vocal Uighur diaspora

The Economist, 28 March 2018

By the Economist – When the authorities manage to lure or drag home a fugitive accused of corruption, they crow. But they are quieter about their equally successful campaign to repatriate Uighurs, a mostly Muslim ethnic group from Xinjiang, in China’s far west.

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Xinjiang Authorities Detain Uyghurs ‘Wanting to Travel Abroad’

Radio Free Asia, 27 March 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Chinese authorities in Ili Kazakh (in Chinese, Yili Hasake) Autonomous prefecture have added “interest in travel abroad” to the list of reasons they are detaining ethnic Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region’s vast network of political “re-education camps” and prisons, according to an official source. 

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