Weekly Brief August 25th

World Uyghur Congress, 25 August 2017

WUC Denounces Unjust Sentencing of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Leaders in Press Release

The World Uyghur Congress issued a Press Release this week expressing its strong concern after the unjust sentencing of Hong Kong pro-democracy figures Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow. The result leaves no doubt that Hong Kong authorities have chosen to side with injustice and the silencing of peaceful dissent since the rise of the umbrella movement in 2014.

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Globe and Mail journalist detained by Chinese police in Xinjiang region

The Globe and Mail, 23 August 2017

By Ann Hui – A Globe and Mail journalist was detained by Chinese police and had his camera searched and computer seized while reporting in the remote Xinjiang region in northwestern China.

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Chinese Muslim Dissidents Remain Protected In EU, But For How Long?

Forbes, 16 August 2017

By David Hutt – Dolkun Isa was on his way to speak at Italy’s Senate late last month when he was stopped by the police and detained for a number of hours. Isa is considered a terrorist by Beijing but in 2006 he was given German citizenship. Today, he is the General Secretary of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC), an advocacy group that, it says, represents “the collective interest of the Uyghur people,” many of whom demand independence from China.

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China Launches Racial Profiling Campaign to Assess Uyghurs’ Security Risk

Radio Free Asia, 14 July 2017

By Eset Sulaiman — Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have launched a racial profiling campaign to assess the security threat posed by non-Han Chinese majority residents of the capital Urumqi, with points automatically docked for members of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority, according to a local official.

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Xinjiang Authorities Take Further Steps Towards Total Digital Surveillance

Radio Free Asia, 29 June 2017

By Qiao Long and Ghulchera Hoja — Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are ordering residents to hand in all digital devices for “checking” at local police stations by Aug. 1, as part of an operation targeting “terrorist videos,” according to an announcement and official sources.

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Chinese Police Detain at Least 10 Ethnic Kazakhs in Xinjiang For ‘Ties With Uyghurs

Radio Free Asia, 19 June 2017
By Qiao Long — 
Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained around 10 ethnic minority Kazakhs for “having close ties” with a group of Muslim ethnic minority Uyghurs, local sources told RFA.

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Taiwan slams UN after students barred from Geneva visit

Hong Kong Free Press, 18 July 2017

By Hong Kong Free Press — Taiwan fiercely criticised the United Nations on Friday after its students were barred from visiting a public hearing in Geneva as Beijing seeks to further isolate the island internationally.

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China Embeds Cadres in Uyghur Homes During Ramadan

Radio Free Asia, 8 June 2017

By Gulchehra Hoja — Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are doubling down on a bid to prevent Muslim Uyghurs from fasting and praying during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan by embedding Chinese officials in their homes, according to official sources.

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