China: Claims that it has released Uyghurs are not credible

Amnesty, 30 July 2019

By Amnesty Responding to claims by senior Chinese officials that they have released the majority of ethnic minority Muslims being held in detention camps in northwest China, Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and South-East Asia said: “China is making deceptive and unverifiable statements in a vain attempt to allay worldwide concern for the mass detentions of Uyghurs and members of other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.

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Turkey to Send Officials to China to Observe Minority Muslim, Uighur Camps

Bloomberg, 30 July 2019

By The Associated Press Turkey’s foreign minister says a delegation will visit China’s northwestern Xinjiang region to observe the situation of minority Uighur Turks.

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PRESS RELEASE: Uyghur Congress Urges Skepticism Over Shohrat Zakir Remarks

Press Release – For immediate release
30 July 2019
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

At a press conference this morning in Beijing, regional governor Shohrat Zakir suggested that the majority of those held in internment camps across the region have now been released and have signed work contracts with local companies. The Uyghur Congress urges the international community to remain deeply skeptical of these statements, given China’s history of false claims about the internment camp system.

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Uyghur Detainee in BBC Video Report on Xinjiang Camps Identified as Cultural Official

Radio Free Asia, 29 July 2019

By Shohret Hoshur A detainee in a video report documenting China’s mass incarceration of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) has been identified as a former cultural official from Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture and father of two, according to a source.

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China Says Most Muslims Have Been Released From Camps. Others Say: Prove It.

The New York Times, 30 July 2019

By Chris Buckley The Chinese government claimed victory in its vast and contentious detention program for Muslim minorities on Tuesday, when senior officials said that most inmates held in internment camps across the Xinjiang region had been released and given work.

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My Uyghur family is quietly living in fear. This is how we become lost

The Globe and Mail, 27 July 2019

By Dilnur Kurban I have worked extraordinarily hard to have a good, stable and ordinary life here in Canada.

I came to Canada from China in 2011 as an international student and graduated with a master’s degree in statistics from Simon Fraser University. Since then I’ve been working as a biostatistician, earning a decent life and living out my dream of helping people. I am involved in a local Toastmasters society, working to improve my public speaking and leadership skills. On weekends, my husband and I like to take online courses, as well as do fun things outside: exploring and hiking Grouse Mountain, overlooking Vancouver, and visiting the local flower festivals and orchards that remind me of my childhood.

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Educating Uyghur Children in Xinjiang: Han Teacher’s Experience

Bitter Winter, 28 July 2019

By Xiang Yi The CCP has been implementing a comprehensive plan to assimilate Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang by destructing their culture and traditions. To ensure that the next generation of Uyghurs receives “sinicized” education from an early age and grows to support the Communist regime unconditionally, the authorities have been enforcing Han culture on the Muslim minority and eliminating the teaching of the Uyghur language for years. Uygur and other Turkic families were encouraged to send their children for secondary education outside Xinjiang. Gradually, Uyghur schools were asked to teach all subjects in Mandarin.

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China’s Brutality Can’t Destroy Uighur Culture

Wall Street Journal, 26 July 2019

By S. Frederick Starr Daily headlines tell the story of China’s mass internment of Uighurs in its Xinjiang province, along with the closing and destruction of Uighur mosques and the demolition of their neighborhoods. But the press largely ignores other aspects of their identity, notably their significant cultural and intellectual achievements. These details matter, because Uighurs’ resilient culture may ultimately frustrate China’s efforts to stamp them out.

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