Patriotic songs and self-criticism: why China is ‘re-educating’ Muslims in mass detention camps

The Conversation, 25 July 2018

By Michael Clarke – China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies their existence. But extensive reporting by international media and human rights groups indicates that upwards of hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs – a Muslim-minority ethnic group – have been detained in sprawling “re-education” centres in the far-western Xinjiang region of China.

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China: one in five arrests take place in ‘police state’ Xinjiang

The Guardian, 25 July 2018

By Lily Kuo – One in five arrests in China last year took place in Xinjiang, the nominally autonomous western territory that critics say has been turned into a police state rife with human rights violations.

Analysing publicly available government data, the advocacy group Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), found 21% of all arrests in China in 2017 were in Xinjiang, which accounts for about 1.5% of China’s population. Indictments in Xinjiang, accounted for 13% of all charges handed down in the country last year.

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‘Uighur 11’ to remain in Malaysian prison

Free Malaysia Today, 25 July 2018

By V Anbalagan – Eleven Uighur Muslims charged with breaking Malaysian immigration laws will remain in prison as the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has yet to make a decision on their applications to drop charges.

Deputy public prosecutor Najwa Bistaman told magistrate Wong Chai Sia that the status of their representations to the AGC has not been made known.

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Islamic Leaders Have Nothing to Say About China’s Internment Camps for Muslims

Foreign Policy, 24 July 2018

By Nithin Coca – Internment camps with up to a million prisoners. Empty neighborhoods. Students, musicians, athletes, and peaceful academics jailed. A massive high-tech surveillance state that monitors and judges every movement. The future of more than 10 million Uighurs, the members of China’s Turkic-speaking Muslim minority, is looking increasingly grim.

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China’s catalog of oppression in Xinjiang – and why Taiwan could be next

Taiwan News, 24 July 2018

By David Spencer – The images that emerged from Xinjiang Province in China last week of Uighur women having their clothes forcibly cut from their bodies by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) law enforcement officers were deeply shocking.

But the tragic fact is that this abuse is relatively mild when compared to some of the litany of oppressive acts being carried out on the local population there by the Chinese Communist regime. 

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Religious persecution in Iran, China must end now

USA Today, 24 July 2018

By Mike R. Pompeo  – Last month, Mohammad Salas, a member of the Iranian Gonabadi Sufi dervish community persecuted by the Iranian regime for its beliefs, was convicted and sentenced to death on questionable grounds following violent clashes between security forces and Gonabadi dervishes. Mr. Salas and his supporters maintained his innocence, reportedly stating he had been tortured into a forced confession. Sadly, on June 18 the regime hanged Mr. Salas in the notorious Rajai Shahr Prison.

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China’s rights violations

Deccan Herald, 21 July 2018

By Anurag Tripathi – China is guilty of massive human rights violation in Xinjiang province, which borders the Tibet Autonomous Region and India’s Leh district to the south, Mongolia to the east, Russia to the north and Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to the west.

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Weekly Brief – July 20

World Uyghur Congress, 20 July 2018

World Uyghur Congress Held Uyghur Youth Advocacy Training Workshop in Istanbul

From July 13-15, 2018, the WUC held a successful Uyghur youth advocacy training workshop in Istanbul, Turkey. The workshop brought together many interested Uyghur participants eager to speak and eager to learn about how they can contribute to the Uyghur cause. 

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