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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Weekly Brief February 16th

World Uyghur Congress, 16 February 2018

Association of Malaysian Lawyers Calls for Uyghur Refugees Not to Be Extradited to China

The Malaysian Bar (an association of Malaysian lawyers) issued a press release this week calling on the Malaysian Government not to deport the 11 Uyghur refugees to China and to respect & uphold the rules and customs of international law and Malaysian law.

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In Xinjiang and Tibet, Police Surveillance ‘Exceeds East Germany’

China Policy Institute, 14 February 2018

By Adrian Zenz – In 2000, Borge Bakken argued that China has “never been a ‘police state’ if we define that term as the number of police per population”. Based on data from 1992, Bakken noted that China’s per capita police count stood at only half of the world average. Most rural areas did not have a single police officer. In regards to China’s far western region of Xinjiang, defence expert Yitzhak Shichor wrote in 2004 that Chinese security forces were “quantitatively and qualitatively inadequate to cope with emergencies.” A surprising assessment, considering that after the September 11, 2001, terror attack on the World Trade Centre, China had launched its own “war on terror” against Uyghur Muslim separatism in Xinjiang. During the July 2009 Urumqi riots, however, the state was forced to scramble commercial aeroplanes to fly in security forces from all over China in order to prevent the unrest from spinning out of control.

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Xinjiang Authorities Launch Anti-Religion Campaign Through Local Police Stations

Radio Free Asia, 12 February 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi), in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, have launched an anti-religion propaganda drive through local police stations, whose officers are rolling the campaign out to residents of the mostly ethnic Uyghur-populated prefecture, sources said.

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