Uighur Heartland Turned Into Security State

Reuters, 31 March 2017

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By Three times a day, alarms ring out through the streets of China’s ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, and shopkeepers rush out of their stores swinging government-issued wooden clubs.

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Uyghur Businessman Dies Under Police Questioning in Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 31 March 2017

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RFA Uyghur Service  A Uyghur businessman suspected by Chinese authorities of maintaining contacts with separatist organizations has died under police questioning in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang, Uyghur sources say.

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Interview: ‘I Hope You Can Realize That it Was a Big Mistake to Lock Him Up’

Radio Free Asia, 30 March 2017

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RFA Uyghur Service  The daughter of jailed Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti, is a student at Indiana University who has spoken out in support of his peaceful promotion of equal rights and greater autonomy for the Turkic speaking Uyghur ethnic group in China. Tohti, currently serving a life jail term for “separatism,” won the prestigious Martin Ennals Award 2016 for human rights. Ilham spoke to Mamatjan Juma of RFA’s Uyghur Service in New York on March 11, at a memorial service for family friend Eliot Sperling, a Tibet expert at Indiana University who died on Jan. 29.

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Ban on beards and veils – China’s Xinjiang passes regulation to curb ‘religious extremism’

South China Morning Post, 30 March 2017

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By Nectar Gan  China’s restive far-western Xinjiang region passed a new regulation on Wednesday to curb religious extremism, amid the government’s ramped-up campaign against what it calls the rising threat of terrorism and separatism.

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European Parliament Conference: “Forbidden to Move, Forbidden to Pray: The Plight of the Uyghurs in China”

UNPO, 28 March 2017

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UNPO  The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), in collaboration with the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), will convene a conference at the European Parliament entitled “Forbidden to Move, Forbidden to Pray: The Plight of the Uyghurs in China”.Hosted by Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP (ALDE) the event will aim to draw attention to the intensification of the oppression of the Uyghurs of East Turkestan, specifically looking at the systematic denial of their right to freedom of movement and belief. The event will take place on 29 March 2017, from 9:00-12:00, and will be streamed live from UNPO’s Facebook Page (@UNPOIntl).

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EP Human Rights Subcommittee (DROI) Discusses Situation in East Turkestan

UNPO, 27 March 2017

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UNPO  On 22 March 2017, the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) held a hearing to discuss the human rights situation in the Uyghur region of East Turkestan – known in China as Xinjiang. The hearing was attended by Members of European Parliament (MEPs), human rights experts, prominent academics, sinologists and representatives of UNPO and of its member, the World Uyghur Congress.

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Ethnic Mongolian Herders Protest Lack of Compensation For Grazing Ban

Radio Free Asia, 27 March 2017

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By Qiao Long — Hundreds of ethnic Mongolian herders in Inner Mongolia’s Heshigten banner have protested repeatedly in recent days over the nonpayment of subsidies after they were persuaded to stop grazing their animals as part of a regionwide ecological strategy.

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World Uyghur Congress Briefs European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights

World Uyghur Congress, 24 March 2017

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World Uyghur Congress General Secretary Dolkun Isa briefed the DROI (Subcommittee on Human Rights) at European Parliament during a meeting (Exchange of views on the human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China) on Wednesday, March 22nd in Brussels, Belgium.

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