Weekly Brief October 13th

World Uyghur Congress, 13 October 2017

WUC Holds Human Rights Advocacy Training Seminar in Sweden

Starting Friday, 13 October 2017, the World Uyghur Congress is holding a 3 day Human Rights Advocacy Training Seminar for Uyghur youth in Stockholm, Sweden, in partnership with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Sweden Uyghur Education Union.

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Xinjiang Authorities Jail Four Grandchildren of Party-Faithful Uyghur Former Imam

Radio Free Asia, 12 October 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have jailed four grandchildren of an ethnic Uyghur former imam who was once recognized by the ruling Communist Party for turning two alleged “separatists” in to the police, according to his son.

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Authorities Require Uyghurs in Xinjiang’s Aksu to Get Barcodes on Their Knives

Radio Free Asia, 11 October 2017

By Kurban Niyaz – Authorities in Aksu prefecture in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region have begun implementing a government policy to affix identification codes to knives belonging to Uyghurs as a futher security measure in the restive area, sources from the prefecture said.

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The Human Costs of Controlling Xinjiang

The Diplomat, 10 October 2017

By Zachary Torrey – The Uyghurs, one of the largest ethnic minority groups in China, have an unfortunate lot. As a group, they possess two key factors which encourage the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to repress them. First, they have a strong ethnic identity which is separate from the principal Han ethnic group which dominates the CCP.

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Nearly Half of Uyghurs in Xinjiang’s Hotan Targeted For Re-Education Camps

Radio Free Asia, 10 October 2017

Authorities in a county of northwest China’s Xinjiang region that is largely populated by Muslim ethnic Uyghurs have been ordered to send almost half of area residents to re-education camps, according to officials, who say they are struggling to meet the number.

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Weekly Brief October 5th

World Uyghur Congress, 5 October 2017

Uyghur Student Disappears After Arrest in Egypt

A Uyghur student who was studying at the Al-Azhar University in Egypt disappeared on July 16th after being detained by Egyptian authorities and has not been seen or heard from since. His wife has been desperately trying to find any news about the fate or whereabouts of her husband, but so far there has been no information. She spoke about his case and appealed for any information through Radio Free Asia. It was reported that 16 Uyghur students had disappeared after being arrested in Egypt last week and there is great concern that they are at risk of being deported to China.

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Uyghurs Left Waiting While Han Chinese Bypass Checkpoints in Xinjiang’s Hotan City

Radio Free Asia, 4 October 2017

By Jill Kashgary – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have set up special “green lanes” for ethnic Han Chinese drivers to bypass security on roads leading into Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) city, sources said, while Muslim Uyghurs submit to inspections that include ID checks and body searches.

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Uyghur families in Xinjiang ordered to display Xi’s portrait

EJInisght, 4 October 2017

By EJInsight  Ethnic minorities in Xinjiang province have been ordered to prominently display a portrait of President Xi Jinping at home from Oct. 1, as part of a propaganda by the central government ahead of the 19th national party congress scheduled for Oct. 18 in Beijing, Apple Daily reports.

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