Chinese Police Add Facial-Recognition Glasses to Surveillance Arsenal

Washington Post, 8 February 2018

By Josh Chin – As hundreds of millions of Chinese begin traveling for the Lunar New Year holiday, police are showing off a new addition to their crowd-surveillance toolbox: mobile facial-recognition units mounted on eyeglasses.

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Mandatory Indoctrination Classes For Unemployed Uyghurs in Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 7 February 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, are forcing unemployed Uyghur males to attend political indoctrination classes to ensure they avoid “activities that affect social stability,” according to official sources.

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Threat of Re-Education Camp Drives Uyghur Who Failed Anthem Recitation to Suicide

Radio Free Asia, 5 February 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – A Uyghur resident of Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, committed suicide after he was threatened with detention in a political re-education camp because he was unable to recite the national anthem in Chinese instead of his native Uyghur language, according to officials.

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What It’s Like to Live in a Surveillance State

New York Times, 2 February 2018

By James Millward – Imagine that this is your daily life: While on your way to work or on an errand, every 100 meters you pass a police blockhouse. Video cameras on street corners and lamp posts recognize your face and track your movements. At multiple checkpoints, police officers scan your ID card, your irises and the contents of your phone. At the supermarket or the bank, you are scanned again, your bags are X-rayed and an officer runs a wand over your body — at least if you are from the wrong ethnic group. Members of the main group are usually waved through.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Deeply Saddened by the Death of Uyghur Religious Leader, Muhammad Salih Hajim, in Chinese Custody

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

The WUC is deeply saddened by the news of Muhammad Salih Hajim’s death this week in a Chinese ‘re-education’ camp. Muhammad Salih Hajim had reportedly been arrested 40 days ago for peacefully practicing his religion and detained in a Chinese ‘re-education’ camp. The WUC has been informed that he was subjected to torture and other forms of ill-treatment during his imprisonment, which may have contributed his death.

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Weekly Brief January 26th

World Uyghur Congress, 26 January 2018

120,000 Uyghurs Detained in ‘Re-education’ Camps in Kashgar

This week it was reported that 120,000 Uyghurs were being held in ‘re-education’ camps around the city of Kashgar alone. Radio Free Asia obtained this number from a security official in Kashgar and the WUC and Human Rights Watch have found this figure to be credible.  The total number of Uyghurs detained in these camps across East Turkestan estimated to be over a million people, with almost every Uyghur family being affected by these mass detentions in some way.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Calls for Transparency on the Disappearance of Prominent Uyghur Religious Leader and Scholar Muhammad Salih Hajim

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

In light of numerous reports of the disappearance and possible detention of a prominent religious leader and academic in the Uyghur community, Muhammad Salih Hajim, the WUC calls for clarification from the Chinese government about the status and whereabouts of Mr. Hajim. Given the widespread roundup and arbitrary detention of Uyghur academics, religious leaders and prominent figures in the community, the WUC is very concerned that Mr. Hajim may have been arrested or disappeared by the Chinese police.

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