There’s Life in the EU, and Hope for the Persecuted in China

Bitter Winter, 20 April 2019

By Marco Respinti – Finally, the European Union (EU) gets things rolling. On April 18, during its plenary session, the European Parliament (EP) approved an urgent resolution requesting attention on the awful situation of human rights in China and requiring action, notably, on behalf of religious and ethnic minorities.

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Open Letter to Herbert Diess of Volkswagen Regarding His Comments On East Turkistan

World Uyghur Congress, 17 April 2019

Dear Mr. Diess,

We hope that this letter finds you well. We write to you in response to your recent comments on April 16th to a BBC reporter in Shanghai, where you state that you are unaware of China’s treatment of Uyghurs or the use of ‘re-education’ camps in the Uyghur region where Volkswagen operates a large manufacturing plant.

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Chinese nationalist group stages two-hour ‘attack’ on Uygur websites

South China Morning Post, 11 April 2019

By Phoebe Zhang – A coordinated “attack” by a Chinese nationalist group on the Facebook pages of the World Uyghur Congress and online media outlet Talk to East Turkestan was driven by the desire to “rationalise … crimes against humanity”, according to an official from the WUC.

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Call to Action: Time to Increase Pressure to Save Uyghurs

Bitter Winter, 8 April 2019

By Paul Prososki  Remembering the Baren Massacre

Saturday, April 6, was a beautiful and sunny spring day in Washington, DC.  As thousands of tourists crowded the parks of the nation’s capital to get a last glimpse of the famous cherry blossoms, about a thousand people gathered in a central Washington square to address a more urgent problem.

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UN: China Responds to Rights Review with Threats

Human Rights Watch, 1 April 2019

By HRW – China used pressure and warnings to stifle criticism of its poor human rights record throughout the United Nations Human Rights Council session that concluded on March 22, 2019, in Geneva, Human Rights Watch said today. China provided no credible response to concerns raised about the government’s rights violations, notably the mass arbitrary detention of an estimated one million Turkic Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region.

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US State Department Decries China’s ‘Remarkably Awful’ Treatment of Uyghurs

Radio Free Asia, 13 March 2019

By Paul Eckert  China’s treatment of its Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities puts it “in a league of its own when it comes to human rights violations,” top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo said Wednesday as the U.S. State Department issued its global survey of rights conditions.

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The Guardian view on Xinjiang’s detention camps: not just China’s shame

The Guardian, 17 March 2019

By Editorial – An “A-list” comedian, well-known singers, scholars, pensioners and civil servants – the list of prisoners grows. As many as 1.5 million Uighurs and other Muslims are or have been held in camps in China’s Xinjiang region without charge or trial, a leading researcher believes. Virtually no Uighur family is untouched, he says.

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China’s Brutal ‘Boarding Schools’

The New York Times, 17 March 2019

By NYT Editorial  The Trump administration may not be the most unimpeachable source when it comes to human rights, but the head of the State Department’s bureau for human rights, Michael Kozak, was dead on when he said China’s mass incarceration of Muslim minorities was “just remarkably awful.”

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