China uses tourism to smother Xinjiang’s culture

The Economist, 31 December 2020

Below is an article published by The Economist. Photo Hanna Barczyk.

The Afaq Khoja mausoleum in Kashgar is one of the holiest places in Xinjiang, a region in the far west of China. The site is politically charged, too. Several 19th-century uprisings against Chinese rule began with rebels making a pilgrimage to the shrine, and its tomb of Afaq Khoja, a divisive figure revered by some locals as a Sufi Muslim saint, and scorned by others as a traitor. It is beautiful, with stately domes and minarets rendered as exquisite as a jewel box by tiles of green, blue, yellow and brown. To one side lies an ancient cemetery fringed with poplar trees. Its mud and brick tombs were capped with snow when Chaguan visited. As remote as it is lovely, the shrine lies closer to Baghdad than to Beijing.

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China-EU investment deal: Beijing relents on human rights but will it shift on trade unions?

South China Morning Post, 30 December 2020

Below is an article published by the South China Morning Post. Photo AFP

China will pursue the ratification of key global human rights conventions starting next year as a compromise on a forced labour controversy that once stalled investment deal talks with the European Union, according to EU documents of their ongoing negotiations.

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Turkish Lawmakers Vow to Block Extradition Treaty With China That Puts Uyghurs at Risk

Radio Free Asia, 29 December 2020

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia. Photo AFP

China’s National People’s Congress ratified a treaty with Turkey at the weekend allowing for the forcible deportation of ethnic Uyghurs fleeing persecution by authorities in Xinjiang, with opposition lawmakers in Turkey vowing to block ratification in their own parliament.

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Press Release – For immediate release
29 December 2020
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) calls on the government of Turkey to abide by international law and the principle of non-refoulement and refrain from signing the extradition treaty with the government of China.

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EEAS: Statement by the Spokesperson on sentencing of journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders

European External Action Services (EEAS), 29 December 2020

Below is a statement published by the EEAS.

The restrictions on freedom of expression, on access to information, and intimidation and surveillance of journalists, as well as detentions, trials and sentencing of human rights defenders, lawyers, and intellectuals in China, are growing and continue to be a source of great concern.

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Pressure on Turkey to protect Uighurs as China ratifies extradition treaty

The Guardian, 29 December 2020

Below is an article published by The Guardian. Photo Ozan Köse/AFP/Getty Images

Beijing has ratified an extradition treaty with Turkey that human rights groups warn could endanger Uighur families and activists fleeing persecution by Chinese authorities if it is adopted by Ankara.

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Fair Labor Association, 23 December 2020

Below is an article published by the Fair Labor Association.

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) has closely monitored the human rights abuses in Xinjiang, China over the past two years. In an April 2019 Issue Brief, we cautioned FLA affiliates to conduct additional due diligence to detect potential instances of forced labor in Xinjiang. Based on increasing evidence of measures targeting Uyghurs we updated that guidance in January 2020 to advise that effective due diligence was no longer possible in the Region. We advised companies to map product supply chains to determine if the cotton/yarn/textiles used in their finished goods originated in Xinjiang, and to presume that raw materials, semi-finished, or finished goods from Xinjiang are likely to be produced with forced labor. We also cautioned that companies should presume there is forced labor when workers are recruited or deployed through government labor agencies in factories throughout China.

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