Trump official seeks sanctions for Chinese leaders on human rights concerns

Washington Post, 28 June 2018

By Danielle Pacquette – Sam Brownback, the U.S. ambassador for religious freedom, is pressing the Trump administration to impose sanctions on Chinese leaders associated with the country’s crackdown on faith groups, according to two congressional aides briefed by the administration.

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Uyghur Friendship Group Holds First Event in the European Parliament

World Uyghur Congress, 27 June 2018

On 26 June 2018, from 12:30 – 14:30, the Uyghur Friendship Group, in collaboration with the European People’s Party (EPP) held their first event in the European Parliament since their inception. The conference was entitled “A People Under Threat: Hundreds of Thousands of Uyghurs Arbitrary Detained in China” and focused on the mass arbitrary detention of Uyghurs in political indoctrination camps in East Turkistan.

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Xinjiang Rapidly Building Crematoria to Extinguish Uyghur Funeral Traditions

Radio Free Asia, 26 June 2018

By Gulchehra Hoja – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are rapidly constructing crematoria staffed by dozens of security personnel, according to local officials, amid concerns over the eradication of ethnic Uyghur funeral traditions.

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Weekly Brief – June 22nd

World Uyghur Congress, 22 June 2018

WUC Calls on the International Community to Protect Uyghur Refugees on World Refugee Day

On June 20th, the WUC issued a press release highlighting the plight of Uyghur refugees and calling on the international community to protect them, marking World Refugee Day.

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Amnesty International, 21 June 2018

Guligeina Tashimaimaiti has not been heard from since 26 December 2017, when she returned from Malaysia to her hometown in Yili, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Her family fear that she has been detained at a re-education camp and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

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Nearly Half of Xinjiang Village’s Residents Sent to ‘Political Re-Education Camps’: Official

Radio Free Asia, 14 June 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in Qaraqash (in Chinese, Moyu) county, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), have detained nearly half of the population of a village in “political re-education camps,” according to a local official.

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Issue 25: Disappearances of Uyghur Religious Students

World Uyghur Congress, 9 June 2018

Uyghur students studying religion, especially Islam, in foreign university are particularly vulnerable to forced extradition, enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention.

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