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. 

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Radio Free Asia,  4 April 2018

By RFA Journalists – Gulchehra Hoja, the former host and creator of a children’s TV program on the history of Xinjiang, has reported for RFA’s Uyghur Service for 17 years.

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Uyghur Official Arrested For Sympathizing With Political ‘Re-Education Camp’ Detainees

Radio Free Asia, 3 April 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have detained a Uyghur official after she “expressed sympathy” for fellow members of her ethnic group who were rounded up over the last year and placed in the region’s vast network of political “re-education camps,” according to sources.

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Xinjiang confiscates ‘ethnic’ goods, ships prisoners out of province to solve crowding

China Aid, 29 March 2018

By China Aid – The ongoing crackdown against ethnic minorities, especially those who are predominantly Muslim, continues in China’s far western Xinjiang region. Authorities are confiscating and destroying goods that appear ‘ethnic,’ and the prisons and detention camp “training centers” in the region are so full that detainees are being shipped to other provinces to make room.

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Foreign Policy, 29 March 2018

By Zach Dorfman – Before he disappeared from his luxury apartment at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong on Jan. 27, 2017, Xiao Jianhua, a Chinese-Canadian billionaire, favored female bodyguards. Why, exactly, was unclear: Perhaps he simply liked being surrounded by women; perhaps he trusted them more than men.

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China is trying to prevent the formation of a vocal Uighur diaspora

The Economist, 28 March 2018

By the Economist – When the authorities manage to lure or drag home a fugitive accused of corruption, they crow. But they are quieter about their equally successful campaign to repatriate Uighurs, a mostly Muslim ethnic group from Xinjiang, in China’s far west.

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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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