Weekly Brief January 12th

World Uyghur Congress, 12 January 2018

CECC Chairs Highlight Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in East Turkestan

The two chairs of the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Senator Marco Rubio and Representative, issued a statement this week highlighting the deteriorating human rights situations in East Turkestan and the persecution of Uyghurs by the Chinese authorities. The statement expresses particular concern for the expansive security system and increasingly invasive surveillance tactics being used by the Chinese government, such as the mass collection of DNA from the Uyghur people, to create a biometric database to more easily track and control Uyghurs, Tibetans and Chinese dissidents. It condemned these measures as a ‘gross violation of privacy and international human rights’.

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MEDICAL PRACTITIONER HELD INCOMMUNICADO: SHAFKAT ABASI

Amnesty International, 9 January 2018

By Amnesty International – Shafkat Abasi, a member of the Tatar ethnic minority, was detained by Chinese authorities on 13 March of 2017 and has not been heard from since. It is believed his detention is due to accessing foreign websites from his computer, connection with an elderly patient who is an imam, and his possession of banned religious books. His family have not been provided with any information and fear that he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

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Uyghur Detentions Continue in Xinjiang, Despite Pledge to End With Party Congress

Radio Free Asia, 8 January 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – More than two months since the Communist Party Congress in Beijing, authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region continue to place ethnic Uyghurs deemed “extremists” in political re-education camps, despite assurances the detentions would end after the sensitive annual meeting.

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Beijing bets on facial recognition in a big drive for total surveillance

Washington Post, 9 January 2017

By Simon Denyer – For 40-year-old Mao Ya, the facial recognition camera that allows access to her apartment house is simply a useful convenience.

“If I am carrying shopping bags in both hands, I just have to look ahead and the door swings open,” she said. “And my 5-year-old daughter can just look up at the camera and get in. It’s good for kids because they often lose their keys.”

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‘Don’t step out of line’: Confidential report reveals how Chinese officials harass activists in Canada

The National Post, 5 January 2017

By Tom Blackwell  – At home in Ontario, his activism barely raised an eyebrow. But when a quiet-spoken Chinese dissident travelled to the country of his birth last year, security officers shadowed him for weeks, booking hotel rooms next to his, even following him to breakfast.

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Chinese Authorities Jail Four Wealthiest Uyghurs in Xinjiang’s Kashgar in New Purge

Radio Free Asia, 5 January 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region have jailed the four wealthiest ethnic Uyghurs in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) city for acts of “religious extremism,” according to an official, amid a crackdown he said is unlikely to end any time soon.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC CALLS ON FRENCH PRESIDENT MACRON TO RAISE HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS DURING VISIT

Press Release – For immediate release
5 January 2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

Ahead of his official visit to China next week from January 8th – 10th, the World Uyghur Congress would like to call on the French President, Emmanuel Macron, to raise human rights concerns, especially the numerous violations perpetrated against the Uyghur people, with his counterparts in Beijing.

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Weekly Brief January 5th

World Uyghur Congress, 5 January 2017

Uyghurs Detained in ‘Re-education Camps’ Subjected to Overcrowding, Squalid Conditions

This week, Radio Free Asia reported that the thousands of innocent Uyghurs detained in the government-run ‘re-education camps’ in Korea city are enduring terrible conditions as they are being held against their will and subjected to indoctrination. Citing a former employee at the camps, Radio Free Asia reported that the Uyghurs detained in these facilities were held in overcrowded and squalid conditions, due to the large numbers of Uyghurs being held there. Despite this, more Uyghurs and being arrested and sent to these facilities daily.

China’s Surveillance of Uyghurs Intensifies

Globe and Mail Reporter Nathan VanderKlippe, who was briefly detained by Chinese authorities earlier in the year for reporting on the situation in East Turkestan, reported on the massive efforts taken by the Chinese government to monitor and track the Uyghur people in East Turkestan. Even in rural villages, the streets are filled with security cameras and police stations are a common sight, in some areas they are less than 500 meters apart.This overbearing surveillance and constant monitoring of all activities has made life difficult for all people in East Turkestan.

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