Xinjiang: Identities on Borrowed Time

Bitter Winter, 18 February 2019

By Maxime Crozet – On the North-Eastern borders of China lies the immense region of Xinjiang (literally, “New Frontier”). Until a few years ago, the region had a majority of Uyghurs, a Sunni Muslim people speaking a Turkic language, and also included Kazakh, Hui, Kyrgyz, Mongol, Tajik, and other Central Asian minorities. Han Chinese arrived by the millions in the last decades and now amount to 40% of the local population.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Concerned by Recent Attempts to Disrupt Uyghur Related Academic Events

Press Release – For immediate release
18 February 2019
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

The World Uyghur Congress condemns recent attempts to disrupt academic events relating to Uyghur issues. A disturbing trend has emerged involving Chinese students or officials interrupting or intimidating Uyghur activists and academics presenting on the human rights crisis in East Turkistan in several Western countries. It is a clear attempt to silence discussion of the grave human rights violations perpetrated against the Uyghur people and to censor academic discourse.

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Relatives of China’s oppressed Muslim minority are getting blocked online by their own family members, who are terrified to even tell them how bad their lives are

Business Insider, 16 February 2019

By Alexandra Ma – “There are no relatives left,” said Muyesser Abdul’ehed, referring to the depleted contact book on her phone. “But I’m glad they deleted me.”

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Pelosi Signals Strong US Congress Concern Over Uyghur Political ‘Re-education Camps’

Radio Free Asia, 13 February 2019

Reported by Joshua Lipes – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants Washington to “call out” Beijing for its mass incarceration of ethnic Uyghurs in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), signaling strong concern in Congress, where legislation has been introduced to hold those responsible to account.

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Chinese company leaves Muslim-tracking facial recognition database exposed online

Zero Day, 16 February 2019

By Catalin Cimpanu – One of the facial recognition databases that the Chinese government is using to track the Uyghur Muslim population in the Xinjiang region has been left open on the internet for months, a Dutch security researcher told ZDNet.

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#MeTooUyghur: The Mystery of a Uyghur Musician Triggers an Online Campaign

The News Lens, 15 February 2019

By William Yang – Halmurat Harri has an impressive track record as a successful human rights activist. Over the past two years, he has initiated several online campaigns through social media to speak up for his detained parents. They are just two of the countless Uyghurs who have been detained in the re-education camps in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous region. Even though they were released in December last year, Harri’s mission as a human rights activist has not come to an end.

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China’s Persecution of Uyghur Muslims Must Stop, says Emily Thornberry MP

Islamic Monitor, 16 February 2019

By Dr. Mozammel Haque –  “We will not stand silent while the Uighur community remain subject to this terrible repression and persecution, all done to them for no other reason than their Muslim faith..” said Rt. Hon. Emily Thornberry MP for Islington South and Finsbury and Shadow Secretary o State or Commonwealth and Foreign Affairs at the event ‘China’s Brute Crackdown and Incarceration of Uyghur Muslims’ organised by Cordoba Foundation, on Wednesday 13 February, 2019.

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‘Show Me That My Father Is Alive.’ China Faces Torrent of Online Pleas.

The New York Times, 17 February 2019

By Austin Ramzy – Many members of the Uighur ethnic group living in exile are worried that their relatives back home in China are locked up in internment camps — or dead.

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