WEEKLY BRIEF: 31 JANUARY

World Uyghur Congress, 31 January 2020

Camp Detainees Particularly Vulnerable During Virus Outreak

The WUC is deeply concerned that the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus outbreak, which has affected thousands of people in China, may put the Uyghur people and those detained in camps at particular risk.

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‘If They Hadn’t Tortured My Husband, He Wouldn’t Have Fallen Into a Coma’

RFA, 30.01.2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo courtesy of Munawwar Ablimit

Munawwar Ablimit is a Uyghur mother of two from the prefecture-level city of Karamay (in Chinese, Kelemayi) in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). In 2017, her husband Polat Ibrahim was sent to an internment camp, where authorities have detained as many as 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas beginning that year. In February of 2017, Ibrahim fell into a coma, was sent by camp authorities for 20 days of medical treatment and then released to his home, where he died 10 days later.

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Indonesia’s Silence over Xinjiang

New Naratif, 31 January 2020

 

Below is an article published by New Naratif, Photo Azamat Imanaliev

Maya Wang, Andreas Harsono If human rights violations of this scope and scale were taking place in Europe or the United States, one would expect Muslim-majority countries, including Indonesia, to have erupted in protest. But so far, there has been little to no response. Why? Because these abuses are taking place in China. 

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UK minister met surveillance firm accused of enabling Uighur abuses

The Guardian, 29 January 2020

Below is an article published by The Guardian, Photo Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images

Kat Hall and David Pegg A government trade minister held a one-on-one meeting with a facial recognition firm accused of enabling the Chinese government’s campaign of persecution against Uighur Muslims, the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism have established.

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Confirmed Xinjiang Coronavirus Cases Jump to 10 Amid Concerns of Spread in Internment Camps

RFA, 28 January 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo AFP

A virus traced back to China’s Hubei province has infected 10 people in the country’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where experts warned that poor conditions at internment camps could lead to an epidemic after authorities confirmed the first two cases in the region last week.

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“This could be a massive disaster”: What happens if the coronavirus hits China’s internment camps?

VOX, 28 January 2020

Below is an article published by VOX, Photo Dale de la Rey/AFP via Getty Images

Perhaps the only thing worse than being stuck in an internment camp is being stuck in an internment camp when there’s a deadly virus on the move.

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China Detains Hui Muslim Poet Who Spoke Out Against Xinjiang Camps

RFA, 27 January 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo Weiquanwang

Ng Yik-tung and Sing Man Authorities in the eastern province of Shandong have detained a Hui Muslim poet and author after he tweeted about the incarceration, surveillance and persecution of Chinese Muslims, both in Xinjiang and across China, RFA has learned.

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Uyghurs in Saudi Arabia facing an impossible choice

MEMO, 27 January 2020

Below is an article published by MEMO, Photo Ali Atmaca / Anadolu Agency

MEMO With tears in his eyes, a student from the Uyghur Muslim minority, residing in Saudi Arabia, held his long-ago expired Chinese passport, making him face a mysterious fate, with the increasing rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Beijing.

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