Weekly Brief May 31

World Uyghur Congress, 31 May 2019

The U.S. Have Urged China To Release Uyghurs in Camps to Unite With Family During Eid

On May 29, 2019, the U.S. State Department urged the Chinese government to release the 1 to 2 million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in internment camps to let them reunite with  their families during the Eid holiday.

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Muslim Man Detained for Not Smoking or Drinking

Bitter Winter, 28 May 2019

By Zhang Feng — A Uyghur woman from north China’s Shanxi Province, lives in a very tiny, yet allegedly temporary, home with her two sons. She told her story to Bitter Winter, asking us not to divulge her name. Her home is so tiny that a double bed fills a room that’s smaller than eight square meters. The only valuable appliance in the room is an old TV. The kitchen has no water pipes or exhaust fans and it’s shared with other tenants.

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China wages relentless crackdowns on its Muslims. But Saudi Arabia stays quiet as it bolsters ties with Beijing.

The Washington Post, 27 May 2019

By Anna Fifield & Kareem Fahim — In China, the current Islamic holy month of Ramadan can bring even more struggles for Muslims already under relentless pressures.

Chinese authorities are bullying members of the Muslim minority Uighur community to eat and drink before sundown — in violation of Islamic rules for Ramadan — with the implicit threat of punishment if they do not, activists say.

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Tibetan Re-Education Camp Journal Tells of China’s Tactics Now Used on Uyghurs

Voice of America, 25 May 2019

By Yeshi Dorje — At the Sog County “reform through re-education center” in Nagchu Prefecture of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, “Those who the officials didn’t like would be captured and tortured with electronic devices. When they become unconscious, [the torturers] would splash water on their faces until their victims regained their consciousness. After doing that for a long time, they would use a black rubber tube as well as electronic baton to torture people. The bruised bodies of the prisoners turned blue and black, and people become half-dead. For some [strange] reason, their bones were not broken.”

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Rights Group Presses Islamic World Over Xinjiang Camps Ahead of UN Session

Radio Free Asia, 24 May 2019

By RFA’s Uyghur Service — The U.S.-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) launched a campaign on Friday aimed at persuading Islamic countries to end their silence over the more than a million Muslim Uyghurs languishing in Chinese detention camps in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

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China Released A Uyghur Mother To Silence Her U.S. Son—then Sent Her Back To Detention The Next Day

News Week, 25 May 2019

By Tara Francis Chan — U.S. citizen said Chinese police released his mother from an internment camp after 15 months so she could try to silence his criticisms of the country’s human rights abuses, only for her to be sent back to detention the next day.

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Weekly Brief May 24

World Uyghur Congress, 24 May 2019

Uyghur Human Rights Bill Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

On May 22, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted with strong bipartisan support to pass the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act for consideration in the Senate.

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Insight: The U.S. must counter the spreading threat of surveillance technology

San Francisco Chronicle, 23 May 2019

By Adam Schiff — In George Orwell’s “1984,” he imagines a world in which citizens are scrutinized everywhere they go, with screens observing every action, and where “the smallest thing could give you away.” That future is now. Not on “Oceana” or even the “Eastasia” of Orwell’s novel, but in China’s surveillance state.

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