More questions on human rights for Beijing Winter Olympics

AP News, 16 October 2020

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Zumretay Arkin posed a question in a recent on-line meeting with Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., the prominent International Olympic Committee member who oversees preparations for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

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WEEKLY BRIEF, 16 OCTOBER 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 16 October 2020

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WUC Regrets China’s Re-Election to UN Human Rights Council
In anticipation of the elections for the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), UK member of Parliament and shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy has urged the UK government to vote against the re-election of China, the Guardian reported on 10 October. In a letter addressed to UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab, Nandy called for blocking China’s election given its genocidal campaign against the Uyghur people in East Turkistan. “Labour is calling on the government to oppose China’s election to the UN human rights council […] and make clear to the world the reasons for doing so,” she wrote. “In the current circumstances, China cannot be regarded as meeting the required standards.” Nandy’s message rearticulated repeated calls from other politicians and civil society groups, including the World Uyghur Congress, to oppose China’s seat in the HRC.

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Orphaned by the state: How Xinjiang’s gulag tears families apart

The Economist, 16 October 2020

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For Zumrat Dawut’s three children, Fridays were terrifying. That was the day when officials would question students at their schools in Urumqi, the regional capital of Xinjiang in China’s far west. The interrogators were looking for clues about their lives at home. They wanted to know whether parents prayed or used Islamic greetings at home, or talked to the children about the prophet Muhammad. The information they gleaned could result in a family member being sent to a “vocational training centre”, the government’s euphemism for a camp in Xinjiang’s new gulag.

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I am an Uighur who faced China’s concentration camps. This is my story.

Varsity, 16 October 2020

Below is an article published by Varsity. Photo Ӧmir Bekali

In early 2017, life looked bright for 41-year old Ӧmir Bekali. A proud father of three, he had a Tourism degree, a small business and several managerial positions under his belt. He was set to lead the Kazakh delegation to the upcoming international Astana Trade Exposition, an event which typically draws in millions.

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Western corporations are complicit in the Uighur crisis

Varsity, 16 October 2020

Below is an article published by Varsity. Photo Ozan Kose/Getty Images

History should have taught us that the evil of genocide will always try and disguise itself as something more palatable. Rather than explicitly proclaim the eradication of an ethnic group as in Rwanda, genocide is often concealed as something more banal; seen in the way the Jews were first hidden from the public eye in ghettoes before being sent to death camps. The state never claims to be perpetrating evil; rather, they appeal to the majority’s fears and rationale. I want us to remember that insidious chameleonic side of genocide when we read of China’s “people’s war on terror”. Part of that “war” has seen at least a million Uighurs “interned” in Vocational Education and Training Centres; justified out of a concern for public safety, it is portrayed as benevolent “re-education.” Despite regional government claims that the program has concluded, new satellite imagery purports to show detention camps being built and others expanded, reaching a total of 380 discovered facilities.

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British lawmakers call for sanctions over Uighur human rights abuses

ICIJ, 14 October 2020

Below is an article published by ICIJ. Photo Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.

A group of British lawmakers has called for sanctions against Chinese officials responsible for human rights violations against the Uighur minority and for trade restrictions on goods made with forced Uighur labor.

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Uyghur Former Volleyball Star on Crutches After Developing Kidney Condition in Xinjiang Camp

Radio Free Asia, 14 October 2020

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A Uyghur former high school volleyball star who was recently released from an internment camp in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) suffered health problems in the facility that were so severe that he is unlikely to ever play his sport again, according to local officials.

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EU lawmakers brand Huawei, ZTE ‘high-risk’ 5G vendors

Politico, 14 October 2020

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A group of prominent members of the European Parliament have singled out Chinese 5G vendors Huawei and ZTE as “high-risk” companies that pose a security threat to network security in Europe, according to a letter obtained by POLITICO.

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