URGENT ACTION: Uighur Woman Incommunicado After Secret Trial

Amnesty International, 29 September 2017

Buzainafu Abudourexiti, who returned to China in 2015 after studying for two years in Egypt, was suddenly detained in March 2017 and sentenced in a secret trial to seven years in prison. No information has been provided about the charges against her, but it is believed that it may be part of a wider crackdown on Uighur students who studied abroad. Held incommunicado, she is at grave risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

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Weekly Brief September 29

World Uyghur Congress, 29 September 2017

WUC Expresses its Deep Concern Over the Disappearance of 16 Uyghur Students in Egypt

Following reports that 16 Uyghur students had disappeared in Egypt, the World Uyghur Congress issues a press release calling on Egyptian authorities to immediately reveal the whereabouts of the students who have been forcibly disappeared in Cairo. The recent disappearances merely exacerbate already-present violations against Uyghur students who have been arbitrarily detained since early July.

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China’s Abuse of Uighurs

New York Times, 28 September 2017

To the Editor:

Re “The China Puzzle” (editorial, Sept. 17):

By Omer Kanat – You suggest that the United States cooperate with China on terrorism. China has an expansive and unclear definition of terrorist actions — for example, sentencing Prof. Ilham Tohti to life imprisonment for discussing Uighur issues online, accusing him of encouraging students to join terrorist groups.

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China must stop using Interpol to abuse and harass its citizens

International Business Times, 28 September 2017

By Bruno Min – Xi Jinping can moan about Interpol’s “double standards” all he likes, but not all legal systems are equal. Interpol’s 86th General Assembly was opened in Beijing by President Xi Jinping, who declared China’s commitment to promote Interpol’s crucial work of facilitating international police cooperation.

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Chinese Police Order Xinjiang’s Muslims to Hand in All Copies of The Quran

Radio Free Asia, 27 September 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have ordered ethnic minority Muslim families to hand in religious items including prayer mats and copies of the Quran to the authorities, RFA has learned.

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Xinjiang Authorities Jail Six Uyghur Students on Return From Turkey

Radio Free Asia, 27 September 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have jailed at least six Uyghurs who traveled to Turkey for educational purposes, according to a relative of the region’s former Communist Party chairman, despite a probe that found the students had not committed any crimes.

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Wary Of Unrest Among Uighur Minority, China Locks Down Xinjiang Region

National Public Radio, 26 September 2017

By Rob Schmitz – At the Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar in the heart of Urumqi, everything is bought and sold from tiny stalls blasting local music, in a square filled with Islamic architecture. It’s a place that feels more like Central Asia than China.

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PRESS RELEASE: Uyghur Congress Deeply Concerned Over Recently Disappeared Uyghur Students in Egypt

Press Release – For immediate release
26 September 2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

Egyptian authorities must immediately reveal the whereabouts of 16 Uyghur students who have been forcibly disappeared in Cairo. The recent disappearances merely exacerbate already-present violations against Uyghur students who have been arbitrarily detained since early July.

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