THE FAMILIES LEFT BEHIND: RFA’S UYGHUR REPORTERS TELL THE STORIES OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS’ DETENTIONS

Radio Free Asia,  4 April 2018

By RFA Journalists – Gulchehra Hoja, the former host and creator of a children’s TV program on the history of Xinjiang, has reported for RFA’s Uyghur Service for 17 years.

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China’s Campaign Against Uighur Diaspora Ramps Up

Foreign Policy, 3 April 2018

By Martin de Bourmont – Mahmut, a Uighur living in a Scandinavian country, describes 2017 as the “saddest” year for his family. Born to secular Muslim parents, Mahmut, who asked to be identified by a pseudonym, says his family’s troubles began in late 2016 when the Chinese government pressured a cousin and his wife to return to China’s far western region of Xinjiang from Egypt.

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In China, sympathy for treatment of ethnic minority prompts death threats

The Globe and Mail, 26 March 2018

By Nathan Vanderklippe – A Chinese woman who wrote a widely discussed online account of domestic discrimination has been branded a “crazy dog” who supports terrorism and should be put to death.

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Weekly Brief March 23rd

World Uyghur Congress, 23 March 2018

One Voice, One Step Worldwide Demonstrations Gain International Attention

Last Thursday, 15 March 2018, hundreds of Uyghurs demonstrated in cities around the world to draw attention to the Chinese government’s repression of the Uyghur people in East Turkestan and urge the international community to take action. Demonstrations were held in 15 cities in 14 countries around the world, including: the USA, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Turkey, Sweden, the UK, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, France, Finland and Japan.

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HRC37 | A strong human rights framework needs cooperation and criticism.

ISHR, 22 March 2018

By Navi Pillay – It has been 10 years since I took on one of the most challenging and most rewarding roles of my career, that of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.  I continue to follow human rights events closely even though my term ended in 2014. What is happening in the international human rights system this year, the same that we celebrate also 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, fills me with worry.

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After faces, China is moving quickly to identify people by their voices

Quartz Media, 20 March 2018

By Echo Huang – In China, officials and companies have deployed facial-recognition technology to a degree uncommon elsewhere, both commercially and—more controversially—for widespread surveillance. Now it’s the turn of voice recognition.

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China’s Trojan Horse Human Rights Resolution

The Diplomat, 22 March 2018

By Miloon Kothari – At the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), China has proposed a resolution focused on international cooperation. This could have been a positive step toward bridging the considerable gap between recognition of human rights and their implementation on the ground. With the benefit of hindsight on such resolutions at the HRC, however, such a critical linkage is far from guaranteed.

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UN Body Freezing Out Human Rights Groups

Human Rights Watch, 15 March 2018

By Louis Charbonneau – It’s easy to assume that the United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) would support civil society groups and their work.

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