Having a beard and owning a compass seen as ‘extremist tendencies’ in China

News.Com.au, 29 April 2019

By Ben Graham — Acting sad in public might seem like a normal response when your parents die, but in China it could see you locked up in an “education centre” indefinitely.

It’s one of a total of 48 “suspicious signs” — including owning a compass, telling someone to stop smoking and eating breakfast too early — that could let Chinese officials know you’re an “extremist”.

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USCIRF: China “Increasingly Hostile Towards Religion”

Bitter Winter, 29 April 2019

By Massimo Introvigne — The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom releases its 2019 report. It denounces persecution and torture of Uyghurs and other Muslims, Tibetans, house church Christians, members of Falun Gong and The Church of Almighty God.

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Survivor of Persecution in China Warns About Regime’s Treatment of Uyghurs

The Epoch Times, 26 April 2019

By Jennifer Zeng  A recent refugee from China has reported on what he has learned about the persecution of the Uyghur Muslim minority, telling of overstuffed prisons, abuse, torture, and the likely slaughter of prisoners of conscience through organ harvesting.

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How A DU Professor Is Fighting For Solidarity With The Uyghur People In China

Colorado Public Radio, 25 April 2019

By Avery Lill  A University of Denver professor calls the detainment of Uyghur people in China “a campaign of cultural genocide.”

But despite the severity of the circumstances, Nader Hashemi is concerned that the international visibility of this Muslim ethnic minority’s situation is too low.

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China’s Xinjiang crackdown on its Muslim minority is at the heart its Belt and Road project

Hong Kong Free Press, 28 April 2019

By Christopher Rickleton with in Laurent Thomet Beijing and Gohar Abbas in Islamabad — Traders travel freely through the bustling Khorgos special economic zone that straddles the Kazakhstan-China border, but signs on the Chinese side bear a blunt warning — no veils or long beards allowed.

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To Live in Xinjiang Is Just Like Being Jailed

Bitter Winter, 28 April 2019

By Xiang Yi — The Chinese authorities are enticing Han people from outside Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to relocate there, promising generous compensations. But the harsh reality of prison-like conditions is hard to handle even for temporary workers. Strictly controlled and monitored, their only solace is that they can always go back to their homes in other parts of China where life is less stifling.

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Uyghur Inmates in Iconic Xinjiang Detention Camp Photo Identified

Radio Free Asia, 26 April 2019

By Shohret Hoshur — Five Uyghur inmates in a widely published photograph of scores of men sitting in a political re-education camp in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been identified by friends and acquaintances, who confirmed their names and occupations to RFA’s Uyghur Service.

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Before-and-after photos show how China is destroying historical sites to monitor and intimidate its Muslim minority

Business Insider, 28 April 2019

By Alexandra Ma  China is installing a 21st-century police state in its western frontier of Xinjiang, which is home to the Uighurs, a majority-Muslim ethnic minority.

It involves installing hundreds of thousands of facial recognition cameras, making Uighurs download software on their phones, and holding at least 1 million Muslims in prison-like detention centers.

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