UK confirms reports of Chinese mass internment camps for Uighur Muslims

The Guardian, 31 October 2018

By Lily Kuo – British diplomats who visited Xinjiang have confirmed that reports of mass internment camps for Uighur Muslims were “broadly true”, the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has told parliament.

Beijing faces mounting international criticism over its policies in Xinjiang, a far-western territory of China where researchers believe an estimated 1 million members of Muslim minorities have been detained in a network of camps.

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Growing Evidence Forced China to Acknowledge Xinjiang Political ‘Re-education Camps’: Researcher

Radio Free Asia, 31 October 2018

By Alim Seytoff – After more than a year of denying the existence of political “re-education camps” in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), a vast buildout of a system housing as many as a million Uyghurs has forced Beijing to acknowledge the facilities and justify them to the international community, according to a camp researcher based in Canada.

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World Uyghur Congress Saddened by the Passing of Lodi Gyari Rinpoche

World Uyghur Congress, 30 October 2018

The World Uyghur Congress was saddened this week to hear about the passing of Lodi Gyari Rinpoche, former Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the United States and tireless supporter and advocate for universal human rights.

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They Escaped China’s Crackdown, but Now Wait in Limbo

The New York Times, 27 October 2018

By Christina Anderson and Chris Buckley – Abdikadir Yasin and his wife waited for months, dreading a call telling them they would have to leave Sweden and return to western China, where the government has corralled hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uighurs like them into re-education camps.

The couple had joined an outflow of Uighurs from the western region of Xinjiang three years ago, when China’s clampdown on the minority group was intensifying. They ended up in Sweden, where their asylum request was rejected, leaving them in fear of being deported and ending up in the camps.

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The Xinjiang camps as a “Stanford Prison Experiment”

The Asia Dialogue, 26 October 2018

By Magnus Fiskesjö – The Xinjiang camps represent a dramatic escalation of a longstanding Chinese policy to colonise and dominate Xinjiang, the “New Frontier” of the Qing Chinese empire inherited by the Communist government in the 1950s.

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Weekly Brief October 6th

World Uyghur Congress, 26 October 2018

BBC Investigation Reveals New Evidence of Internment Camps

A BBC News investigation has provided new evidence of the mass arbitrary detention of Uyghurs in internment camps. The BBC team analysed updated satellite imagery and sent a team to the region to East Turkistan to try and visit the camps.

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China’s Uyghur re-education centres in Xinjiang will not produce a loyal and obedient population

The Conversation, 26 October 2018

By James McMurray – The Chinese government’s denials of its mass interment of Xinjiang’s Uyghur citizens have evaporated as international pressure has piled up in recent weeks. In their place has come propaganda extolling the “re-education centres” in which the Uyghurs are held, and which new evidence from the BBC has shown are rapidly expanding.

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The Guardian view on China’s detention camps: now we see them

The Guardian, 26 October 2018

By The Guardian – The courage of former inmates and relatives, and the diligence of academics, journalists and other researchers, has brought a terrible secret into plain view. As the evidence piled up of the mass extrajudicial detention of Muslim Uighurs, Kazakhs and others in China’s north-western region of Xinjiang, it was met with silence or denial from Beijing. When experts told a UN panel this August that as many as a million could be held, a Chinese official insisted that: “There is no such thing as re-education centres.”

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