Tibet, Xinjiang, and China’s Strong State Complex

The Nation, 28 July 2016

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By Jing Yu – A former judge in the western region of Xinjiang was sacked from his position and expelled from the Communist Party in early June for “being lenient on terrorists suspected of endangering local security and trying to reduce sentences for the terrorists.”

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WUC Marks 2nd Anniversary of Continued Silence on Yarkand Massacre in East Turkestan

Press Release – For immediate release
28 July 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

A Uighur man looks on as a truck carrying paramilitary policemen travel along a street during an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Urumqi

On July 28th, the World Uyghur Congress commemorates the second anniversary of the Yarkand Massacre, in which Chinese security forces violently suppressed a mass protest, where hundreds of Uyghurs were killed and countless more arrested.

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In China’s Xinjiang a Way of Life Waits to Die

Radio Free Asia, 26 July 2016

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China’s Muslims under threat of religious persecution

Christian Today, 25 July 2016

Muslims celebrate the Eid al-Fitr in Beijing

By Carey Lodge  China’s president Xi Jinping, who has been accused of implementing draconian laws against religion since taking office in 2012, today spoke directly to Chinese Muslims – signifying a possible crackdown on a group that has so far avoided his harsh measures.

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China Scores Low Marks on Human Rights in 14 Democracies

Dui Hua, 21 July 2016

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Dui Hua  According to a June report from the Pew Research Center, more than 60 percent of respondents in 14 democratic countries across North America, Europe, and Asia believe that the Chinese government does not respect the personal freedoms of its people.

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World Uyghur Congress Convenes 5th General Assembly in Paris

UNPO, 20 July 2016

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UNPO  From 11-13 July 2016, Uyghur activists and representatives joined in Paris on the occasion of the 5th General Assembly of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC).

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Give the Sakharov Prize to an Uighur Intellectual

China Change, 20 July 2016

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André Gattonlin, Marie Holzman & Noël Mamère  The Sakharov Prize is awarded every year in October, to honor individuals or organizations who have dedicated their lives to defending human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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There are more than 20 million Muslims in China. For some, piety is a dangerous political act.

Vox, 18 June 2016

Uighur_20woman_20fist_20raised.0 (1)uyghurrrrBy James Palmer  For devout Muslims, Ramadan, the lunar month when they fast from dawn to dusk, is a time for self-discipline, reflection, and deepening their relationship with God and others. But for the Chinese authorities in the Xinjiang autonomous ethnic region, the far-western Chinese province governed tightly by Beijing, the fast isn’t a devotion but a political weapon.

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