Re-education camps make a comeback in China’s far-west

UCA News, 24 October 2017

UCA News — In the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, so called political re-education camps have been proliferating in the lead up to the 19th Communist Party Congress.

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Launch of ‘Friends of Uyghur’ Friendship Group in the European Parliament Brings Together MEPs, NGOs and Public to Celebrate Uyghur Community Culture

UNPO, 20 October 2017

UNPO — On 19 October 2017, the newly formed Uyghur Friendship Group, in collaboration with MEPs Csaba Sógor and Ilhan Kyuchyuk, marked its inaugural event with a celebration of the Uyghur culture. The launch brought together a variety of people including representatives from NGOs, MEPs, members of the Uyghur diaspora and the wider public and drew attention to this people’s vibrant culture, while also calling for the need to protect their cultural rights.

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China Bans Use of Uyghur, Kazakh Textbooks, Materials in Xinjiang Schools

Radio Free Asia, 14 October 2017

By Qiao Long and Yang Fan – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have banned the use of ethnic minority languages in schools in at least one part of the region, RFA has learned.

A recent directive sent out by the local education bureau to schools in Yining county in Xinjiang’s Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture bans the use of any textbooks or teaching materials written in the languages of the mostly Muslim Uyghur and Kazakh ethnic groups.

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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. Indeed, many Uyghurs are beginning to view a major component of their identity as “being non-Han.” Second, the land they inhabit, Xinjiang Province, is rich in resources and economic importance. It holds one-third of the country’s natural gas and oil reserves in addition to large deposits of gold, uranium, and other minerals. Renewable energy also factors in: Xinjiang is a prime location to harvest solar, wind, and nuclear energy. Moreover, Xinjiang sits along the historic Silk Road, which the CCP is intent on rebuilding via its Belt and Road Initiative.

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Event Announcement: WUC to Hold Youth Training Seminars in Stockholm, Sweden

Press Release – For immediate release
30 August  2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) uunder the co-sponsorship of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Sweden Uyghur Education Union, and with support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) will convene a youth training seminar that will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from October 14-15, 2017. The training will be preceded by a conference on religious freedom and language rights on October 13th.

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CPEC: CONNECTIVITY OR PERSECUTION OF UYGHURS

The Daily Pioneer, 26 August 2017

By Dolkun Isa – The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been touted by China and its supporters as a groundbreaking initiative, which will bring Central Asia together with increased connectivity and historic prosperity for all. It has been heralded by China as the flagship programme of its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, now called the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is a massive infrastructure project seeking to create a 21st century “Silk Route” connecting Asia with Europe through building and upgrading transportation and communication infrastructure.

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Weekly Brief August 18th

World Uyghur Congress, 18 August 2017

WUC Issues Press Release Expressing Alarm at Uyghur Language Ban

The World Uyghur Congress issued a press release this week after it emerged that Chinese authorities in the Hotan prefecture had decided to completely ban the Uyghur language at all education levels up to and including secondary school at the start of the fall semester in September 2017.

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