Modern slavery and retail: UK cotton imports from China under scrutiny over forced Uighur labour

The New Arab, 30 April 2020

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Jan-Peter Westad– A 60-page document submitted to the British government last week set out the legal case for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to ban all cotton originating in the Xinjiang region of China.

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Diaspora Uighurs Continue Online Activism Against Crackdown in Xinjiang

VOA, 27 April 2020

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WASHINGTON – When Halmurat Harri Elsoy learned in spring 2018 that his parents were detained in China’s internment camps, he turned to the only action he could use to fight for his parents in Xinjiang: harnessing the power of social media.  

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Press Release – For immediate release
29 April 2020
Contact: World Uyghur Congress

+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The WUC is highly concerned about the imprisonment of Kazakh writer Nagyz Muhammed. For decades, the Chinese government has wrongfully imprisoned Uyghurs and other ethnic groups for lengthy prison sentences, merely for exercising their freedom of expression, writing articles, peacefully practicing their religion, peacefully protesting, or even for studying abroad. Due to heavy monitoring, restrictions on digital activities and reprisals against individuals or their family members to speak to foreign press or organizations, it is very difficult to get details on the condition and situation of many political prisoners. 

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Xinjiang Authorities Jail Parents of Uyghur Man Studying Islam in Egypt

RFA, 28 April 2020

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Joshua Lipes – The parents of a young Uyghur man who left northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) to study Islam in Egypt have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms, according to their son, who said they were likely targeted because of his religious education and for sending money abroad.

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Request that Government Reconsider 5G Contracting with Huawei Over Allegations of Slavery and Company’s Implication in the Repression and Persecution of the Uyghur People

Lawyers for Uyghur Rights, 27 April 2020

Today a letter has been sent to the British Government requesting that they immediately agree to reconsider their decision to contract with the company Huawei for part of the United Kingdom’s 5G network.

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These Uighur Journalists Are Investigating the Fate of 1 Million Muslims in China

Vice, 27 April 2020

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Uighur journalist Shohret Hoshur spends most weekdays tucked inside his office in Washington, making hundreds of phone calls to government offices and police stations across Xinjiang, China. He calls so often that he fears they now recognize his voice, so he’s started using a machine that makes him sound like a young woman, increasing his chances of engaging someone on the other end for a few seconds longer, to squeeze out any bit of information about what’s actually going on with the Uighur Muslims in his homeland.

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A Uyghur Man’s Letter to His Lost Mother

Bitter Winter, 28 April 2020

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Dear Mother,

It was April 25, 2017, when I last heard your voice. Today, it has been 1095 days. 3 years since our last phone conversation. I remember your trembling voice when you told me not to call you anymore.

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Emrati Princess Hend Faisal Al Qassimi Voices Rare Muslim Support For Persecuted Uyghurs

RFA, 27 April 2020

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Princess Hend Faisal Al Qassimi, a member of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) royal family, took to Twitter on Sunday to issue a rare voice of support from the Muslim world for ethnic Uyghurs enduring persecution in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

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