Issue 22: Detentions on Religious Charges – Abdulnehed Mehsum

World Uyghur Congress, 6 June 2018

88-year old Abdulnehed Mehsum died while being held in a political indoctrination camp in Hotan prefecture in November 2017, though the death was not reported until May 27, 2018. 

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China’s Foreign Minister expected in Berlin

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), 5 June 2018 

By STP – The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) has appealed to German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to use his talks with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday to advocate for more freedom of religion and a rule of law in the People’s Republic. The human rights organization also asked Minister Maas to inquire about the whereabouts of Liu Xia, the widow of Liu Xiaobo, and to advocate for her to be able to leave the country.

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How Should the World Respond to Intensifying Repression in Xinjiang?

China File, 4 June 2018  

By China File – Deliberate, systematic human rights abuses are happening in China’s northwest. Reporting and research published in recent weeks shows that the Chinese government is targeting the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region’s roughly 11 million Muslims for “re-education.”

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Does China’s digital police state have echoes in the West?

The Economist, 31 May 2018

By the Economist – THEY’RE watching you. When you walk to work, CCTV cameras film you and, increasingly, recognise your face. Drive out of town, and number-plate-reading cameras capture your journey. The smartphone in your pocket leaves a constant digital trail. Browse the web in the privacy of your home, and your actions are logged and analysed. The resulting data can be crunched to create a minute-by-minute record of your life.

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Issue 20: Uyghurs Imprisoned for Praying In Their Homes

World Uyghur Congress, 4 June 2018

In 2015, the Chinese government criminalised prayer among groups in East Turkistan and also took similar actions in terms of prayer at one’s own home. In May 2015, a group of eight Uyghur farmers and one imam were sentenced to between seven and nine years in 2016 for “illegal religious practice” for “praying together in places that authorities had not designated for Muslim worship.”

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China has turned Xinjiang into a police state like no other

The Economist, 31 May 2018

“THE prophet Sulayman approached his son and said to him, ‘I have received a message from God. I want you to circle the Earth and see if there are more people who are alive in spirit or more people who are dead in spirit.’ After a period the son returned and said, ‘Father I went to many places and everywhere I went I saw more people who were dead than those who were alive.’”

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Issue 17: Detentions on Religious Charges: Merdan Seyitakhun

World Uyghur Congress, 1 June 2018

Merdan Seyitakhun was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Ili Intermediate Court on 14 April 2008 after being charged with ‘acts of separatism’. He, along with 11 other Uyghur men were from Ghulja and Nelke counties were arrested by Chinese authorities between March and June 2008 for teaching Islam to children and engaging in ‘illegal religious activities’.

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Weekly Brief June 1st

World Uyghur Congress, 1 June 2018

Society for Threatened People Retain NGO Status in UN, Despite China’s Attempts to Silence Them

The Society for Threatened Peoples  has issued a press release expressing concern with the growing influence of authoritarian states in the United Nations, after the Chinese mission had attempted to revoke its NGO status because of an alleged violation of UN rules related to the accreditation of long-time STP member and WUC President Dolkun Isa.

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