Chinese Police Are Demanding Personal Information From Uighurs in France

Foreign Policy, 2 March 2018

By Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian – Amid a global campaign to monitor and control the Uighur diaspora, Chinese police are demanding that Uighurs living in France hand over personal information, photos, and identity documents — and in some cases, the personal information of their French spouses.

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Weekly Brief March 2nd

World Uyghur Congress, 2 March 2018

20 Relatives of Uyghur Journalist Detained

This week it was widely reported that 20 relatives of Gulchehra Hoja, a journalist working at Radio Free Asia, who were still living in East Turkestan were detained by Chinese police and sent to ‘re-education’ camps. Gulchehra has worked for Radio Free Asia’s Uyghur service for 17 years and has reported extensively on the numerous human rights violations being perpetrated by the Chinese government against the Uyghur people. The arrest of her relatives was likely done in retaliation to her efforts to draw attention to these issues.

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China: Big Data Fuels Crackdown in Minority Region

Human Rights Watch, 26 February 2018

By Human Rights Watch – Chinese authorities are building and deploying a predictive policing program based on big data analysis in Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said today. The program aggregates data about people – often without their knowledge – and flags those it deems potentially threatening to officials.

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Call From Blacklisted Number Lands Uyghur Woman in Political Re-Education Camp

Radio Free Asia, 23 February 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – A Uyghur woman from a remote northwestern corner of the Xinjiang region of China was recently hauled off to a political re-education camp set up to punish members of her Muslim ethnic group deemed disloyal to China.

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‘I miss her so much’: Australian man pleads for wife’s release from Chinese prison

The Guardian, 25 February 2018

By Kate Shuttleworth – The last time Almas Nizamidin saw his wife was on Valentine’s Day last year, when he flew from Australia to China to surprise her. Now she’s in prison.

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Weekly Brief February 23rd

World Uyghur Congress, 23 February 2018

WUC Celebrates Uyghur Language on International Mother Languages Day

The WUC marked the occasion of the UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day by issuing a press release celebrating the Uyghur language and drawing attention to the threats posed to it by assimilatory policies by the Chinese authorities, especially the Uyghur language ban in all levels of education in the Hotan prefecture. 

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Xinjiang University President Purged Under ‘Two-Faced’ Officials Campaign

Radio Free Asia, 20 February 2018

By Kurban Niyaz – The president of Xinjiang University in northwestern China was removed from his post and detained last year, in what his fellow Uyghurs believe is that latest example of China’s crackdown on “two-faced Uyghurs” accused of insincerity in supporting government policies.

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