Man Held in China’s Xinjiang For Downloading ‘Terrorist’ Circumvention Software

Radio Free Asia, 30 October 2016

RFA Uyghur Service — Authorities in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang have reportedly detained a man for using circumvention software to scale the complex system of blocks, filters, and human censorship known as the Great Firewall.

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Leaked Xinjiang Police Report Describes Circumvention Tools as ‘Terrorist Software’

Global Voices, 27 October 2016


By Oiwan Lam  — A police report leaked last week from China’s Xinjiang province describes Internet censorship circumvention tools as “second class violent and terrorist software.”

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France: Raise China’s Rights Abuses on Visit

Human Rights Watch, 26 October 2016


Human Rights Watch — On his visit to China, France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault should publicly call for an end to Beijing’s crackdown on human rights defenders and lawyers, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the foreign minister. Ayrault is scheduled to arrive in China on October 29, 2016.

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China: New Rules Gag Lawyers

Human Rights Watch, 26 October 2016


Human Rights Watch — The Chinese Ministry of Justice’s revisions to two directives on law firms and lawyers will further undermine the independence of lawyers and the rule of law in China, Human Rights Watch said today. The amendments, effective November 1, 2016, are part of the government’s campaign since July 2015 to harass and jail China’s most outspoken lawyers.

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Chinese Government Sends Religious Monitors to Xinjiang’s Hotan

Radio Free Asia, 25 October 2016


RFA Uyghur Service — China has sent more than 350 officials to Hotan (Hetian, in Chinese) prefecture in the northwestern region of Xinjiang for a three-year stint monitoring mosques, RFA’s Uyghur Service has learned.

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Unjustly jailed

Human Rights Watch, 24 October 2016


Human Rights Watch — Prominent ethnic Uighur economist Ilham Tohti has consistently and unambiguously advocated peacefully for greater understanding and dialogue between various communities, and with China’s government.

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China’s New Law Targets Muslim Children For ‘Correction’

Radio Free Asia, 24 October 2016


RFA Uyghur Service — Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have enshrined in law a campaign preventing ethnic minority Muslim parents from “forcing” them to follow their faith.

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The World Uyghur Congress Raises Strong Concerns Over the Confiscation of Passports

Press Release – For immediate release
21 October 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or


The World Uyghur Congress strongly condemns the recent decision by a number of counties in East Turkestan (officially Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) to confiscate passports from Uyghur residents in the area.[1] Photos of a number of posted notices have surfaced from at least four different counties stating that Uyghur residents must promptly turn in their passports to Chinese regional authorities. No clear explanation for the policy has been announced, but follows from a number of other concerning efforts to restrict free movement within East Turkestan and elsewhere.

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