Turkey urges China to protect religious freedom in Xinjiang

Aljazeera, 25 February 2019

By Aljazeera – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has voiced concern over China‘s alleged mistreatment of Uighur and other Muslims in its Xinjiang region and called on Beijing to protect freedom of religion there.

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China defends Uighur internment camps as part of global terrorism fight

Financial Times, 24 February 2019

By Lucy Hornby – China is presenting its mass internment of Muslim citizens as its contribution to the international fight against terrorism, as it seeks to counter growing criticism with diplomatic outreach.

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Colleges should punish int’l students who engage in threats, racial hatred and intelligence gathering for Beijing

Hong Kong Free Press, 24 February 2019

By Kevin Carrico – Last week, Rukiye Turdush came to McMaster University to make a presentation on a sombre topic: the arbitrary and indefinite detention of Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities in concentration camps in the region that the People’s Republic of China calls Xinjiang.

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Weekly Brief February 22

World Uyghur Congress, 22 February 2019

WUC Highlights Attempts To Erode Uyghur Language On International Mother Language Day

On International Mother Language Day, the WUC published a press release that highlights the dire situation of the Uyghur language, as policies from the Chinese government have sought to erode and undermine its use.

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China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise

The New York Times, 21 February 2019

By Sui Lee Wee  The authorities called it a free health check. Tahir Imin had his doubts.

They drew blood from the 38-year-old Muslim, scanned his face, recorded his voice and took his fingerprints. They didn’t bother to check his heart or kidneys, and they rebuffed his request to see the results.

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Fears for Uyghur comedian missing amid crackdown on cultural figures

The Guardian, 22 February 2019

By Kate Lyons and Lily Kuo – Arslan Mijit Hidayat says there is not a single Uighur who has not heard of his father-in-law, Adil Mijit. “We have a saying in the Uighur language ‘From seven to 70’ and anyone between these ages would know him,” said Hidayat, 31, who was born in Sydney to Uighur parents. “He’s A-list. When you think comedy, you think him.”

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China Spiriting Uyghur Detainees Away From Xinjiang to Prisons in Inner Mongolia, Sichuan

Radio Free Asia, 21 February 2019

By Shohret Hoshur  Ethnic Uyghurs held in political “re-education camps” in northwest China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region (XUAR) are being sent to prisons in Inner Mongolia and Sichuan province, officials have confirmed, adding to the growing list of locations detainees are being secretly transferred to.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Highlights Attempts to Erode Uyghur Language on International Mother Language Day 2019

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

On UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day 2019, the World Uyghur Congress highlights the dire situation of the Uyghur language, as policies from the Chinese government have sought to erode and undermine its use. The Uyghur language continues to be suppressed with efforts over the two last years amounting to an outright ban of the language as a medium of instruction in schools affecting millions of students.

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