Religious suppression creates ‘black market’ for believers in China

The Globe and Mail, 2 March 2017

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By Nathan Vanderklippe — Beijing’s tightening grasp on religion has “created an enormous black market” for the fast-growing ranks of Chinese believers.

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U.N. Human Rights Experts Unite to Condemn China Over Expulsions of Tibetans

The New York Times, 2 March 2017

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By Edward Wong — A half-dozen United Nations experts who investigate human rights abuses have taken the rare step of banding together to condemn China for expulsions of monks and nuns from major religious enclaves in a Tibetan region.

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Remembering the Ghulja Incident: 20th Anniversary of ‘Uyghur Tiananmen’ Passes With Little Notice

The Diplomat, 1 March 2017

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By Peter Irwin — February 5, 1997, remains one of the most unforgettable days of commemoration for the Uyghur people. This year, the 20th anniversary of violently suppressed demonstrations in Ghulja, Xinjiang, reminds us of the raw and unimaginable power of the Chinese government.

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The Battle for China’s Spirit: Religious Revival, Repression, and Resistance under Xi Jinping

Freedom House, 1 March 2017

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Freedom House — A Taoist disciple joins the order without knowing when he will be admitted to priesthood. Dozens of Christians are barred from celebrating Christmas together. Tibetan monks are forced to learn reinterpretations of Buddhist doctrine during a “patriotic reeducation” session.

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Officials Ban Dozens of Religious Practices, Foreign Missionaries in China’s Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 1 March 2017

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By Qiao Long — Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have issued a detailed list of “illegal” religious activities spanning Islam, Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism, RFA has learned.

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East Turkestan Elites Meeting: Strategy for Uyghur Struggles

Press Release – For immediate release
1 March 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

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Elites, experts, activists, and community leaders from the Uyghur diaspora gathered in the city of Kyrenia in the Turkish Republic of Cyprus, to hold a three day meeting from February 25-27 to build upon a strategy for the Uyghur struggle.

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