Securitisation and Mass Detentions in Xinjiang

The CESS Blog, 18 August 2018

By Rachel Harris – The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China is home to some 12 million indigenous Turkic speaking Muslims, primarily Uyghurs but also smaller numbers of Kazakhs and others. It is now one of the most heavily policed areas in the world. Inhabitants are controlled and monitored to an extraordinary degree and detained in extraordinary numbers. These extreme policies are justified by the claim that China is fighting Islamic radicalisation and extremism.

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China’s crimes against humanity you’ve never heard of

CNN, 26 July 2018

By Michael Caster – I first visited Xinjiang, in northwest China, in July 2009, returning to Beijing only days before demonstrations in the region’s capital, Urumqi, turned deadly.

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Uyghur Friendship Group Holds First Event in the European Parliament

World Uyghur Congress, 27 June 2018

On 26 June 2018, from 12:30 – 14:30, the Uyghur Friendship Group, in collaboration with the European People’s Party (EPP) held their first event in the European Parliament since their inception. The conference was entitled “A People Under Threat: Hundreds of Thousands of Uyghurs Arbitrary Detained in China” and focused on the mass arbitrary detention of Uyghurs in political indoctrination camps in East Turkistan.

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Chinese firms cash in on Xinjiang’s growing police state

The Business Times, 27 June 2018

By The Business Times – China’s construction of a vast, all-seeing police state in its fractious far west has triggered a government spending spree worth billions to firms providing a hi-tech network of cameras and “re-education centres”.

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China Locks Up, Tortures Muslims in ‘Re-education Camps’

Radio Free Asia, 27 June 2018

By Wong Lok-to – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are detaining Muslim ethnic minorities en masse and subjecting them to torture and brainwashing to honor the ruling Chinese Communist Party and renounce the tenets of their faith, rights groups warned on Wednesday.

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More Than Two Dozen Uyghurs From One Xinjiang County Perished in Re-Education Camps

Radio Free Asia, 27 June 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – More than two dozen Uyghurs have died in “political re-education camps” in one county of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), according to officials from the area, who said most were elderly detainees that succumbed to complications from high blood pressure.

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Weekly Brief: June 15

World Uyghur Congress, 15 June 2018

WUC Commemorates the 30 Year Anniversary of the 1998 Uyghur Student Protests

The World Uyghur Congress commemorates the 30th anniversary of Uyghur student protests in Urumqi on June 15th, 1988. The protests themselves stood as an early reaction to Chinese policies in the 1980s that openly discriminated against the Uyghur students in particular, and one of the first large-scale public responses to discriminatory policies against Uyghurs that many students felt.

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Nearly Half of Xinjiang Village’s Residents Sent to ‘Political Re-Education Camps’: Official

Radio Free Asia, 14 June 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in Qaraqash (in Chinese, Moyu) county, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), have detained nearly half of the population of a village in “political re-education camps,” according to a local official.

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