Weekly Brief March 22

World Uyghur Congress, 22 March 2019

WUC Calls on Italian Government to Put Human Rights First During Xi Jinping’s Visit

In a press release issued on Friday March 22nd, the WUC called on the Italian government to not abandon human rights concerns for the sake of economic relations with China. Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Italy on Friday to meet with the Italian government. Controversy surrounds the visit, as Italy is expected to sign on to China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative on March 23rd, making them the first G7 country to formally do so.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Calls on Italian Government to Put Human Rights First During Xi Jinping’s Visit

Press Release – For immediate release
22 March 2019
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

On the occasion of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s official visit to Italy, the WUC calls on the Italian government to not abandon human rights concerns for the sake of economic relations with China.

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Exclusive: China to invite European diplomats to Xinjiang in new diplomatic push

Reuters, 20 March 2o19

By Ben Blanchard & Robin Emmott  China will invite Beijing-based European diplomats to visit its far western region of Xinjiang, the foreign ministry told Reuters, furthering its outreach to fend off criticism about a de-radicalization program.

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Millions of Muslims face Orwellian hell in China – Alistair Carmichael MP

The Scotsman, 19 March 2019

By Alistair Carmichael MP – We have learned over the years to manage our expectations when it comes to human rights and the Chinese Government.

Freedom of speech and press are rarely respected. Freedom of association is heavily clamped down on. Brutal and degrading treatment and arbitrary detention are rife. The use of capital punishment is massive and undocumented.

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Uyghur Detainees from Xinjiang ‘Placed in Nearly Every Prison’ in Shandong Province

Radio Free Asia, 19 March 2019

By Shohret Hoshur – Ethnic Uyghurs held in political “re-education camps” in northwest China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region (XUAR) are being sent to jail in Shandong province, prison officials have confirmed, as new details emerge of the system authorities use to transfer detainees out of the region.

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New Zealand Shooting Suspect Praised China For ‘Lacking Diversity’

Radio Free Asia, 18 March 2019

By Lau Siu-fung – The white supremacist suspect in last Friday‘s massacre of worshippers at two New Zealand mosques praised the policies of the ruling ChineseCommunist Party, which has incarcerated more than a million ethnic minority Muslims in camps in Xinjiang.

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