Weekly Brief March 15

World Uyghur Congress, 15 March 2019

WUC Participates in Human Rights Council Side Event On Human Rights In East Turkistan

On March 13, World Uyghur Congress representatives attended a side event at United Nations Human Rights Council during its 40th Session. The event “Protecting Fundamental Freedoms In Xinjiang” was organised by the permanent missions of the USA, UK, Germany, Canada and the Netherlands.

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Uyghurs Outside of Xinjiang Being Watched

Bitter Winter, 13 March 2019

By Zhang Feng  If you’re curious what it’s like to be a prisoner in your own land, take a look at the Uyghurs, a Muslim minority living in China’s far western autonomous Xinjiang region. There, you’ll find, as the US State Department reported, at least 800,000 people, possibly up to two million, detained in transformation through education camps.

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U.S. mulling measures against those behind abuses in China’s Xinjiang

Reuters, 14 March 2019

By Reuters – The United States is considering measures against those responsible for human rights violations against Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region, a U.S. State Department spokesman said on Thursday, calling it a “great shame for humanity.”

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Pictures at an Exhibition: the Uyghurs Calvary Displayed

Bitter Winter, 14 March 2019

By Marco Respinti – “Never again.” This phrase has been traced to the Hebrew poet Yitzhak Lambdan (1899-1954)’s 1926 poem Masada, but it gained popularity when, in the late 1940s, was applied by the surviving Jews to the Holocaust. By (legitimate) extension, it calls for international awareness and attention on all the Holocaust paraphernalia ever since.

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1.5 million Muslims could be detained in China’s Xinjiang: academic

Reuters, 13 March 2019

By Stephanie Nebehay  A leading researcher on China’s ethnic policies said on Wednesday that an estimated 1.5 million Uighurs and other Muslims could be held in so-called re-education centers in Xinjiang region, up from his earlier figure of 1 million.

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U.S. Steps Up Criticism of China for Detentions in Xinjiang

The New York Times, 13 March 2019

By Nick Cumming-Bruce – As China prepared to defend its record before the United Nations Human Rights Council, the United States on Wednesday led Western governments, academic experts and human rights supporters in challenging Beijing over its mass detention of Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang.

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NGOs Urge the EU to Press China on Human Rights

World Uyghur Congress, 13 March 2019

Joint Letter to the EU and EU member states

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Ministerial for Religious Freedom in Taiwan: “End Persecution in China”

Bitter Winter, 12 March 2019

By Massimo Introvigne – On March 11, 2019, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen opened the event “A Civil Society Dialogue on Securing Religious Freedom in the Indo-Pacific Region” at the Howard Plaza Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan.

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