Weekly Brief March 8

World Uyghur Congress, 8 March 2019

WUC Representatives Attends UN HRC Side Event in Geneva

On 6 March 2019, the World Uyghur Congress President Dolkun Isa and Project Manager Peter Irwin attended an event focusing on “Repression In Xinjiang: A call for Human Right Council action” at the UN Human Rights Council.

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Crackdown on “Halalization” Spreads Outside Xinjiang

Bitter Winter, 7 March 2019

By Yang Xiangwen – A mass purge of Arabic symbols is underway in China, part of the government’s efforts to crack down on the “spread of halal” – in other words, anything that would appeal to the Muslim community.

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‘The Night Is Thick’: Uyghur Poets Respond To The Disappearance Of Their Relatives

Sup China, 6 March 2019

By Darren Byler – The horrifying stories of pain and suffering in internment camps filtering out from the Uyghur homeland have filled Uyghurs around the world with a deep sorrow.

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Interview: ‘I Have Never Cried so Much in my Life’

Radio Free Asia, 5 March 2019

By Gulchehra Hoja – Abdurahman is an ethnic Uyghur father of three who fled oppressive policies in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) for Turkey in October 2013, followed by his wife, Helime, four months later.

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U.N. religious freedom expert seeks visit to China’s Xinjiang

Reuters, 5 March 2019

By Stephanie Nebehay – The United Nations investigator on religious freedom said on Tuesday he has asked China to let him visit its Xinjiang region where some 1 million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are in facilities activists call mass detention camps.

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A wall of silence around China’s oppression of its Muslim minority is starting to crumble

Business Insider, 2 March 2019

By Alexander Ma – More and more countries are standing up to China over its oppression of the Uighurs, the country’s majority-Muslim ethnic minority.

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Kazakhs Won’t Be Silenced on China’s Internment Camps

Foreign Policy, 4 March 2019

By Reid Standish & Aigerim Toleukhanova – Gulzira Auelkhankyzy remembers little about the January day when she was released from Xinjiang’s vast network of re-education camps. Auelkhankyzy, an ethnically Kazakh Chinese citizen, spent 15 months inside an internment camp, where she was regularly interrogated, forced to give blood, and required to learn Chinese and Communist Party songs.

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From camps to factories: Muslim detainees say China using forced labour

Channel News Asia, 4 March 2019

By Channel News Aisa – As Gulzira Auelkhan toiled stitching gloves in a factory in China’s troubled Xinjiang region, her managers made no secret of where her production would be sold.

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