Beijing uses infrastructure as friendly forerunner of political power

The Age, 19 June 2018

By Peter Hartcher – The Beijing government operates a transmigration policy in Tibet and Xinjiang, relocating Han people from the south to change the ethnic and political composition. The percentage of Han Chinese is now about 40 per cent in Xinjiang.

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Weekly Brief: June 15

World Uyghur Congress, 15 June 2018

WUC Commemorates the 30 Year Anniversary of the 1998 Uyghur Student Protests

The World Uyghur Congress commemorates the 30th anniversary of Uyghur student protests in Urumqi on June 15th, 1988. The protests themselves stood as an early reaction to Chinese policies in the 1980s that openly discriminated against the Uyghur students in particular, and one of the first large-scale public responses to discriminatory policies against Uyghurs that many students felt.

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Nearly Half of Xinjiang Village’s Residents Sent to ‘Political Re-Education Camps’: Official

Radio Free Asia, 14 June 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in Qaraqash (in Chinese, Moyu) county, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), have detained nearly half of the population of a village in “political re-education camps,” according to a local official.

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FIFPro, 13 June 2018

FIFPro is concerned about the reported detention of one of China’s most promising young footballers.

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Issue 29: Detentions on Religious Charges – Memet Réhim and Memet Sidiq

World Uyghur Congress, 13 June 2018

According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), state security officers in Shihezi municipality, East Turkestan, detained father-and-son religious leaders Memet Réhim and Memet Sidiq on suspicion of distributing “illegal religious materials.” RFA does not report the precise date of detention, but it appears to have occurred in or around March 2011.

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Players Group Demands Release of Uyghur Pro Footballer Detained For ‘Visiting Foreign Countries’

Radio Free Asia, 13 June 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – The International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) on Wednesday expressed concern over the detention of a Uyghur former member of China’s national youth football team in the country’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), and demanded his immediate release.

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Issue 28: Religious Persecution of Buddhists and Christians

World Uyghur Congress, 12 June 2018

Uyghur Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists and Christians in China have all been subjected to religious persecution and denied their basic religious rights by the Chinese government. In an effort to prevent their from being any authority higher than that of the CCP, the Chinese government has sought to establish complete control over religious practice in China and promote, above all else, loyalty to the state.

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Uyghur pop star detained in China

FREEMUSE, 11 June 2018

By Rachel Harris – The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China is currently undergoing a wave of oppression, largely shielded from the outside world. Ostensibly aiming to ‘crack down on Islamic extremism’, the Xinjiang government has imposed sweeping restrictions on freedom of expression, movement and association, enforced by invasive surveillance, arrests and executions.

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