Toddler Son of Uyghur Political ‘Re-Education Camp’ Detainees Drowns in Frozen Ditch

Radio Free Asia, 8 January 2019

By Shohret Hoshur – The two-year-old son of an ethnic Uyghur couple detained in a political “re-education camp” in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) has drowned after falling through ice into an irrigation ditch in Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) prefecture, according to local officials.

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PRESS RELEASE: China Must Allow Unfettered Access to All Political Indoctrination Camps in East Turkistan

World Uyghur Congress, 7 January 2019

The World Uyghur Congress implores the international community to press for unfettered access to East Turkistan as well as to all camps where up to two million Uyghurs and other Turkic groups are arbitrarily held, following a recent indication from a Party member that the UN may be granted access.

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Xinjiang: Beijing’s chilling attempt to erase and replace Uyghur identity

The Christian Science Monitor, 7 January 2019

By Ann Scott Tyson – The sky is pitch black in this town in China’s far western region of Xinjiang. Streets are quiet and empty apart from police vans flashing red and blue lights – part of a mazelike security grid of patrols, stations, and checkpoints. Suddenly, the predawn stillness is shattered as “Ode to the Motherland,” a classic Communist propaganda song, blasts from loudspeakers, issuing a shrill wake-up call for miles around.

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China says UN welcome to visit Xinjiang, with conditions

Al Jazeera, 7 January 2019

By Al Jazeera – China has said it would welcome UN officials to its far western region of Xinjiang if they follow the proper procedures, amid global concern over allegations of gross human rights violations against Muslim minorities there.

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China’s Xinjiang Tour Should Have Fooled No One

Human Rights Watch, 7 January 2019

By Sophie Richardson – China’s authorities recently escorted diplomats from a dozen countries and a handful of foreign journalists on a highly controlled visit to Xinjiang, the northwestern region where an estimated one million Turkic Muslims are being arbitrarily and indefinitely detained. Human Rights Watch has documented forced political indoctrination and ill-treatment in these “political education” camps, and tight surveillance and control over the everyday life of Xinjiang’s 13 million Turkic Muslim residents, all with the goal of enforcing loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party.

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Organ Harvesting Tribunal Finds Overwhelmingly Against China

Bitter Winter, 7 January 2019

By Ruth Ingram – Evidence that has emerged during investigations into organ harvesting in China has compelled an adjudicating panel to make an interim judgment overwhelmingly against China. Taking the unusual step of releasing its provisional findings early, the London tribunal into forced organ harvesting in the People’s Republic has found “unanimously, and sure beyond reasonable doubt – that in China forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience has been practiced for a substantial period of time involving a very substantial number of victims.”

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China says pace of Xinjiang ‘education’ will slow, but defends camps

Reuters, 6 January 2019

By Ben Blanchard – China will not back down on what it sees as a highly successful de-radicalisation program in Xinjiang that has attracted global concern, but fewer people will be sent through, officials said last week in allowing rare media access there.

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Xinjiang Muslims Forced to Shave Off Beards

Bitter Winter, 6 January 2019

By Li Zaili – Ever since the Deradicalization Regulations in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Regioncame into force, the authorities have been cracking down on any “expressions and behaviors that are influenced by extremism.” Adopted at the 28th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Twelfth People’s Congress of the region on March 29, 2017, the regulations were amended on October 9, 2018 and now allow for even harsher punishment for “extremist activities.”

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