China: Big Data Fuels Crackdown in Minority Region

Human Rights Watch, 26 February 2018

By Human Rights Watch – Chinese authorities are building and deploying a predictive policing program based on big data analysis in Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said today. The program aggregates data about people – often without their knowledge – and flags those it deems potentially threatening to officials.

Continue Reading →

Beijing bets on facial recognition in a big drive for total surveillance

Washington Post, 9 January 2017

By Simon Denyer – For 40-year-old Mao Ya, the facial recognition camera that allows access to her apartment house is simply a useful convenience.

“If I am carrying shopping bags in both hands, I just have to look ahead and the door swings open,” she said. “And my 5-year-old daughter can just look up at the camera and get in. It’s good for kids because they often lose their keys.”

Continue Reading →

China probes deeper into the lives of Uyghur minority

The Globe and Mail, 29 December 2017

By Nathan VanderKlippe – The streets in China’s far western Xinjiang region are lined with surveillance cameras, even in rural villages. In some cities, police stations have been erected every 500 metres. Public buildings are surrounded with security worthy of a military outpost. Authorities use facial recognition and body scanners at highway checkstops.

Continue Reading →

Historians Dismiss Chinese Claims to Xinjiang Based on Han Dynasty Literature

Radio Free Asia, 22 December 2017

By Jilil Kashgari – Recent government efforts to link northwest China’s majority Uyghur Xinjiang region to territorial claims associated with an ancient Chinese imperial dynasty “lack scientific standing” and are part of a bid by Beijing to legitimize repressive policies in the area, according to scholars.

Continue Reading →

Stepped-up Surveillance of Uighurs Sends ‘Realtives’ into Homes

Voice of America, 26 December 2017

By Joyce Huang – Authorities in Xinjiang launched what they call a new “relatives’ week” program this month, which requires local civil servants to spend a week with Uighur families in rural areas by the year’s end.

Continue Reading →

Twelve Days in Xinjiang: How China’s Surveillance State Overwhelms Daily Life

Wall Street Journal, 20 December 2017

By Josh Chin & Clément Bürge – This city on China’s Central Asia frontier may be one of the most closely surveilled places on earth.

Continue Reading →

Beijing extends powers of state security agents under counter-espionage law

South China Morning Post, 7 December 2017

By Nectar Gan – China has issued new rules that extend the powers of its state security agents and elaborate on acts punishable under its counter-espionage law.

Continue Reading →

Weekly Brief November 24th

World Uyghur Congress, 24 November 2017

WUC Expresses Concern Over Uyghurs Who Recently Escaped from Thai Immigration Detention Facility

The World Uyghur Congress issued a press release expressing its deep concerned over the treatment of Uyghurs who had recently escaped their immigration detention facility in southern Thailand. Consistent rhetoric from China has framed all Uyghurs escaping the country as criminals who should be immediately returned, renewing fears that Thailand may submit to such pressure, as in the past.

Continue Reading →