Why the West won’t act on China’s Uighur crisis

Asia Times, 19 January 2019

By David Hutt – As evidence mounts of China’s internment of almost one million Muslim Uighurs in the country’s far western region, Western nations have largely failed to respond to the reported abuses, a conspiracy of silence that speaks to China’s still-strong economic and political clout.

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Detainees Are Trickling Out of Xinjiang’s Camps

Foreign Policy, 18 January 2019

By Gene A. Bunin – “I don’t know if they’re alive or dead.”

This has become one of the most common phrases heard among the Uighur, Kazakh, and Kyrgyz communities outside China, both in private conversations and online, in video testimonies and forums.

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US Lawmakers Reintroduce Legislation to Sanction China Over Abuse of Uyghurs in XUAR

Radio Free Asia, 18 January 2019

By Alim Seytoff – U.S. lawmakers have reintroduced legislation that would hold China accountable for rights abuses against ethnic Uyghurs in its Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where more than 1 million people are believed to have been held in “political re-education camps” over the past two years.

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‘Reeducating’ Xinjiang’s Muslims

The New York Review Of Books, 17 January 2018

By James Millward – In a courtroom in Zharkent, Kazakhstan, in July 2018, a former kindergarten principal named Sayragul Sauytbay calmly described what Chinese officials continue to deny: a vast new gulag of “de-extremification training centers” has been created for Turkic Muslim inhabitants of Xinjiang, the Alaska-sized region in western China.

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Repression in China at worst level since Tiananmen Square, HRW warns

Independent, 17 January 2019

By Adam Withnell – China’s assault on individual human rights is at its worst level since the Tiananmen Square massacre, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in an annual report that named the country among its top concerns.

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China’s Uighur abuse augurs poorly for world

The Hill, 17 January 2019

By Lawrence Haas  “There is danger for every one [of us] in Pakistan now,” a leader of that nation’s Muslim Uighur community told Al Jazeera this week.

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Cultural Genocide in Xinjiang: How China Targets Uyghur Artists, Academics, and Writers

The Globe Post, 17 January 2019

By Rachel Harris – In 2017, China began to construct a huge network of detention camps in its northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Over a million indigenous Uyghur and Kazakhs are currently detained without trial. China depicts these camps as benign “vocational training centers,” but testimonies reveal a brutal regime of political indoctrination and self-criticism sessions, over-crowded conditions, inadequate food, and physical torture.

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Interview: ‘I Recognized Her Straight Away’

Radio Free Asia, 16 January 2019

By Gulchehra Hoja – Kalbinur Tursun is an ethnic Uyghur mother who fled oppressive policies in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) for Turkey in April 2016 while seven months pregnant and with one of her six other children in tow. She planned to return to the XUAR after giving birth to bring her remaining children to Turkey with her, but was unable to do so after her husband was arrested back home for “attempting to travel abroad” and “suspected terrorism.”

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