‘I Feel Unbearable Pain When I Think of Him’

Radio Free Asia, 10 April 2018

By Gulchehra Hoja – Munzire’s husband Elyasjan Rahman, from Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) city, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, is among 16 Uyghur students who remain unaccounted for nine months after authorities in Egypt’s capital Cairo launched a dragnet targeting more than 200 members of the ethnic minority at Beijing’s behest. Egyptian authorities claimed that the roundup was part of a bid to curb illegal immigration, although most of the Uyghurs detained were enrolled in studies at Cairo’s prestigious Al-Azhar Islamic University.

Continue Reading →

China Is Forcing People To Download An App That Tells Them To Delete “Dangerous” Photos

Buzzfeed, 9 April 2018

By Megha Rajagopalan – Ethnic Uighurs in China’s west say they are being forced to download an app that scans cell phones for audio and video files and dispatches their information to an outside server.

Continue Reading →

Weekly Brief April 6th

World Uyghur Congress, 6 April 2018

Thousands of Uyghurs to Protest Against ‘Re-education’ Camps on April 27th in Brussels

The WUC announced in a press release this week that it will hold a large-scale march and demonstration in Brussels, Belgium on April 27th to protest against the arbitrary detention of approximately 1 million Uyghurs in ‘re-education’ camps at the hands of Chinese authorities. The demonstration is being co-organized by the World Uyghur Congress, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation.

Continue Reading →

Congressional leaders urge U.S. to press China over reports of mass Uighur detentions

Washington Post, 5 April 2018

By Simon Denyer – The U.S. administration needs to press China harder over the detention of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uighurs in “political education centers,” including dozens of relatives of reporters working for Radio Free Asia in Washington.

Continue Reading →

PRESS RELEASE: Thousands of Uyghurs to Protest Against ‘Re-education’ Camps on April 27th in Brussels

Press Release – For immediate release
4 April 2018
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 
www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The Uyghur community in the diaspora will hold a large-scale demonstration in Brussels, Belgium on April 27th, 2018 against the continued use of draconian ‘re-education’ camps for nearly one million Uyghurs in East Turkestan. The demonstration will start at Meeus Square at 10:00am where participants will gather and begin to march to Schuman Square at 11:00am and end following speakers at Schuman Square at 14:00.

Continue Reading →

Chairs Urge Ambassador Branstad to Prioritize Mass Detention of Uyghurs, Including Family Members of Radio Free Asia Employees

US Congressional-Executive Committee on China, 4 April 2018

By CECC – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), chair and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China respectively, released today a letter sent to U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad urging him to visit the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), prioritize the issue of mass surveillance and detention of the Uyghur ethnic minority population, including the detention of family members of Radio Free Asia employees, and begin collecting information on the senior officials involved with implementing this policy for possible Global Magnitsky sanctions. 

Continue Reading →

Growing Religious Persecution In China A Symptom Of Xi’s Consolidation Of Power

Forbes, 28 March 2018

By Olivia Enos – Dozens gathered in Washington, D.C., last week to commemorate the life of Li Baiguang, a well-known human rights lawyer and advocate for Christians in China. Li died on Feb. 25 under suspicious circumstancesafter being admitted to Chinese Military Hospital No. 81 complaining of minor stomach pains. This was not the first time that Li’s life was under threat.

Continue Reading →

Xinjiang Authorities Detain Uyghurs ‘Wanting to Travel Abroad’

Radio Free Asia, 27 March 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Chinese authorities in Ili Kazakh (in Chinese, Yili Hasake) Autonomous prefecture have added “interest in travel abroad” to the list of reasons they are detaining ethnic Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region’s vast network of political “re-education camps” and prisons, according to an official source. 

Continue Reading →