Egyptian Authorities Forcibly Disappear 16 Uyghur Students From Notorious Prison

Radio Free Asia, 25 September 2017

By Gulchehra Hoja – Egyptian authorities have released up to 25 of more than 100 Uyghur students from northwestern China’s Xinjiang region who were detained earlier this year in the country’s notorious Tora Prison, though armed police put black hoods on 16 others and took them away, three recently released Uyghurs said.

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Weekly Brief September 22

World Uyghur Congress, 22 September 2017

Situation of Detained Uyghur Students Raised in UN Human Rights Council

During the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council an Item 4 Oral Statement was made on behalf of the The Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty regarding the Uyghur students who are currently imprisoned in Egypt on baseless charges.

At least 22 have already been forcibly returned to China where they have disappeared. We fear that they may be at risk of arbitrary detention, forced re-education or torture. Approximately 200 more Uyghur, many of them students remain in detention in Egypt uncertain of their fate.

There have been reports that 12 Uyghurs were released by Egyptian authorities 2 weeks ago. We hope that the rest of the innocent Uyghur students will also be immediately released and that no more Uyghurs will be deported to China where they are at risk of torture, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance.

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News About Uighur Scholar Ilham Tohti on the Third Anniversary of His Sentencing: No News

China Change, 22 September 2017

By China Change — September 23, 2017, marks the 3rd anniversary of the Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti’s sentencing to life in prison for peacefully speaking out for the economic, cultural, political and religious rights of the 10 million Uighur people inhabiting the northwestern region known as Xinjiang.

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Uyghurs: China Operates Political and Ideological Re-Education Camps in Xinjiang

UNPO, 19 September 2017

By UNPO – Since April 2017, Chinese authorities have been running political and ideological re-education camps. In addition to the restrictions that the Uyghurs already face on their culture, language, and religion, thousands of Uyghurs are now involuntarily being put in camps. Human Rights Watch has called on the Chinese government to close these camps down immediately as they violate not only international human rights law, but they also violate China’s own constitution. China has defended the camps, stating that they are strictly for counter-extremism purposes.

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Rights groups ask China to stop detaining its critics

Reuters, 13 September 2017

By Stephanie Nebehay – Human rights activists called on China on Wednesday to stop detaining lawyers and critics, voicing concern for their health and fate in custody after the death of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo attracted international attention in July.

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Chinese Muslim sentenced to two years for teaching about Islam online

The Daily Sabah, 11 September 2017

A member of a Muslim minority group has been sentenced to two years in a Chinese prison after forming online discussions groups to teach about Islam.

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China Jails Muslim Man, Sets Limits on Overseas Stays by Its Kazakh Nationals

Radio Free Asia, 11 September 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have jailed an ethnic Kazakh Muslim for “engaging in illegal religious activities,”sources in the region told RFA.

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China Runs Region-wide Re-education Camps in Xinjiang for Uyghurs And Other Muslims

Radio Free Asia, 11 September 2017

By Eset Sulaiman Thousands of Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities are being held in re-education camps without contact with their families under a policy designed to counter extremism in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang, local officials told RFA’s Uyghur Service.

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