Weekly Brief August 17th

World Uyghur Congress, 17 August 2018

UN Committee to Eliminate Racial Discrimination Questions China About Re-education Camps

There were major developments this past week as the issue of China’s mass arbitrary detention of Uyghurs in internment camps made international news after the issue was brought in the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s review of China. WUC representatives attended the review of China in Geneva, Switzerland, working with NGOs and Members of the Committee to question China on its clear discrimination against the Uyghur population, including its use of internment camps, denial of religious and linguistic freedoms, and countless other issues.

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Chinese Landlord Rents to Uyghurs, is Arrested on ‘Terror’ Charge

Radio Free Asia, 14 August 2018

By Kurban Niyaz – Police in central China’s Henan province have arrested a Chinese landlord who rented his home to three ethnic Uyghurs without approval from the police, charging him with violating “safety precautions” under a provision of China’s Counter-Terrorism Law.

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Hikvision Wins Chinese Government Forced Facial Recognition Project Across 967 Mosques

IPVM, 16 July 2018

By Charles Rollet –Hikvision has won a Chinese government tender which requires that facial recognition cameras be set up at the entrance of every single mosque (nearly 1,000 total) in a part of China under scrutiny for serious violations of religious freedom and human rights.

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Interview: ‘The Most Painful Part of Losing My Mother’

Radio Free Asia, 13 June 2018

Dolkun Isa, the president of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress exile group, recently learned from a close family friend that his mother, Ayhan Memet, died in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) on May 17 at the age of 78.

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Issue 12: Uyghurs’ Smartphones Checked for Religious Content

World Uyghur Congress, 27 May 2018

In clear connection between freedom of expression and movement, Uyghurs are very often stopped and searched by police and are forced to hand over their smartphones. Their phones are then checked for “religious content” deemed unacceptable and are often detained. Simply possessing religious videos or texts can now land Uyghurs in prison on extremism charges. Others have been arrested for trying to “illegally access websites” with religious content.

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Issue 4: Uyghur Under 18 Prohibited From All Religious Activity

World Uyghur Congress, 19 May 2018

Young Uyghurs have been prohibited from engaging in any kind of religious activity in East Turkistan. Uyghurs under the age of 18 have been prohibited from entering mosques or participating in any other activities.

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Issue 1: Ramadan Restrictions in East Turkistan

World Uyghur Congress, 16 May 2018

Unlike anywhere in the world, the Chinese government enacts strict regulations during Ramadan, particularly for the Uyghur Muslim population in East Turkistan.

The Chinese government has banned Uyghur civil servants, students and teachers from fasting during the holy month, providing food and water to students throughout the day. Access to mosques is more tightly controlled, restaurants have been ordered to remain open and in some cases Uyghur intellectuals have been arrested beforehand to silence criticism.

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New Evidence for China’s Political Re-Education Campaign in Xinjiang

The Jamestown Foundation, 15 May 2018

By Adrian Zenz – Since summer of 2017, troubling reports in Western media outlets about large-scale detentions of ethnic Muslim minorities (including Uyghurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz) in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have multiplied (RFA, May 4). These reports include substantial anecdotal and eyewitness evidence describing a network of clandestine “re-education camps” in which detainees can be held indefinitely without process or recourse (AP News, December 17, 2017; Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2017).

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