Weekly Brief March 23rd

World Uyghur Congress, 23 March 2018

One Voice, One Step Worldwide Demonstrations Gain International Attention

Last Thursday, 15 March 2018, hundreds of Uyghurs demonstrated in cities around the world to draw attention to the Chinese government’s repression of the Uyghur people in East Turkestan and urge the international community to take action. Demonstrations were held in 15 cities in 14 countries around the world, including: the USA, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Turkey, Sweden, the UK, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, France, Finland and Japan.

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Xinjiang Authorities Targeting Uyghurs Under 40 For Re-Education Camps

Radio Free Asia, 22 March 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang are using age as one of the criteria to determine whether to detain Uyghurs in the region’s network of political “re-education camps,” as those born after 1980 are considered “violent” and “untrustworthy,” according to official sources.

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After faces, China is moving quickly to identify people by their voices

Quartz Media, 20 March 2018

By Echo Huang – In China, officials and companies have deployed facial-recognition technology to a degree uncommon elsewhere, both commercially and—more controversially—for widespread surveillance. Now it’s the turn of voice recognition.

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China: New Supervision Law a systemic threat to human rights

Amnesty International, 20 March 2018

By Amnesty International – Responding to the news that China’s legislature today passed the Supervision Law, Amnesty International’s East Asia Regional Director Nicholas Bequelin said:

“The Supervision Law is a systemic threat to human rights in China. It places tens of millions of people at the mercy of a secretive and virtually unaccountable system that is above the law. It by-passes judicial institutions by establishing a parallel system solely run by the Chinese Communist Party with no outside checks and balances.

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One Voice, One Step Worldwide Demonstrations Gains International Attention

World Uyghur Congress, 20 March 2018

Last Thursday, 15 March 2018, hundreds of Uyghurs demonstrated in cities around the world to draw attention to the Chinese government’s repression of the Uyghur people in East Turkestan and urge the international community to take action. Demonstrations were held in 15 cities in 14 countries around the world, including: the USA, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Turkey, Sweden, the UK, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, France, Finland and Japan

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Xinjiang Authorities Up Detentions in Uyghur Majority Areas of Ghulja City

Radio Free Asia, 19 March 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are ramping up detentions in a mostly ethnic Uyghur-populated township of Ghulja (in Chinese, Yining) city in response to a directive that has seen scores of residents placed in political “re-education camps” in recent weeks, with an increasing focus on women, sources said.

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China’s Domestic Security Spending: An Analysis of Available Data

The Jamestown Foundation, 12 March 2018

By Adrian Zenz – On February 1, 2018, China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) revealed a stunning 92.8 percent increase in its domestic security spending: from 30.05 billion RMB in 2016 to 57.95 billion RMB in 2017 (Xinjiang Net, 3 February). Within a decade, this figure has increased nearly ten-fold, up from 5.45 billion RMB in 2007.

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Interview: ‘I Wanted Her to be Safe’

Radio Free Asia, 8 March 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Omer Ghoja’abdulla, an ethnic Uyghur Muslim from northwest China’s Xinjiang region, has been living in Istanbul, Turkey practicing traditional Uyghur medicine for the last three years. He lost contact with his sister, 55-year-old Oghulnisa Ghoja’abdulla, who lives in Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) prefecture’s Qaraqash (Moyu) county, more than a year ago, and only recently discovered that she is being held in one of the many political re-education camps throughout Xinjiang, where authorities have been detaining Uyghurs accused of harbouring “extremist” and “politically incorrect”thoughts since April last year. While he is unsure of his sister’s location, Ghoja’abdulla recently told RFA’s Uyghur Service that he believes she was detained by police to force him to return home, or because of her Muslim faith—two common motives for authorities targeting Uyghurs in Xinjiang, where members of the ethnic group have long complained of pervasive discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression under Chinese rule.

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