Chinese firms cash in on Xinjiang’s growing police state

The Business Times, 27 June 2018

By The Business Times – China’s construction of a vast, all-seeing police state in its fractious far west has triggered a government spending spree worth billions to firms providing a hi-tech network of cameras and “re-education centres”.

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Weekly Brief: June 15

World Uyghur Congress, 15 June 2018

WUC Commemorates the 30 Year Anniversary of the 1998 Uyghur Student Protests

The World Uyghur Congress commemorates the 30th anniversary of Uyghur student protests in Urumqi on June 15th, 1988. The protests themselves stood as an early reaction to Chinese policies in the 1980s that openly discriminated against the Uyghur students in particular, and one of the first large-scale public responses to discriminatory policies against Uyghurs that many students felt.

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Every new car in China must have a tracking chip starting next year

Quartz, 14 June 2018

By Triptik Lahiri – China’s surveillance state already tracks people’s faces. Now it’s also going to track their cars, the Wall Street Journal has reported (paywall).

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In China’s Far West, Companies Cash in on Surveillance Program That Targets Muslims

Foreign Policy, 13 June 2018

By Charles Rollet – In the far western region of Xinjiang, China has created one of the world’s most sophisticated and intrusive state surveillance systems to target the predominantly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority.

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Does China’s digital police state have echoes in the West?

The Economist, 31 May 2018

By the Economist – THEY’RE watching you. When you walk to work, CCTV cameras film you and, increasingly, recognise your face. Drive out of town, and number-plate-reading cameras capture your journey. The smartphone in your pocket leaves a constant digital trail. Browse the web in the privacy of your home, and your actions are logged and analysed. The resulting data can be crunched to create a minute-by-minute record of your life.

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Weekly Brief May 18th

World Uyghur Congress, 18 May 2018

Academics and Journalists Shine Light on Mass Arbitrary Detention of Uyghurs

A number of important academic reports and journalist articles were published this week which highlight the mass arbitrary detention of Uyghurs in so-called ‘re-education’ camps (a more accurate label would be indoctrination camps or concentration camps) and provide details about of the horrific things those detained in the camps are subjected to.

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Muslim minority faces modern Orwellian nightmare

Reuters, 17 May 2018

By Peters Apps – In China’s northwest Xinjiang province, the predominantly Muslim Uighur minority have nowhere to hide. Facial recognition software reportedly alerts authorities if targeted individuals stray more than 1000 feet from their homes and workplaces. Residents face arrest if they fail to download smartphone software that allows them to be tracked, according to social media users. Simply wishing to travel outside China can be cause for arrest, with Beijing detaining family members and using its political clout to force extradition of those abroad.

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China: Visiting Officials Occupy Homes in Muslim Region

Human Rights Watch, 13 May 2018 

By Human Rights Watch – Chinese officials, since early 2018, have imposed regular “home stays” on families in the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said today. These visits are part of the government’s increasingly invasive “Strike Hard” campaign in the region, home to 11 million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities.

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