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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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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Turkey risks angering China by criticising treatment of Uighur Muslims

Independent, 17 February 2019

Borzou Daragahi – Abduweli Ayup was out for dinner at an Istanbul restaurant with his wife and friends last weekend when news came on the television that they could hardly believe. 

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Weekly Brief February 8th

World Uyghur Congress, 8 February 2019

WUC, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and ISHR Call for UN Fact-Finding Mission to East Turkistan in Joint Statement and Press Conference

On 4 February 2019 , the WUC joined Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Service for Human Rights in issuing a joint statement calling on the UN Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution establishing an international inquiry on East Turkistan to investigate the serious human rights violations occurring there, especially in the internment camps at its upcoming session in February/March 2019.
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Chinese Officials Force Muslims to Drink, Eat Pork At Festival

Radio Free Asia, 6 February 2019

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are delivering pork to Muslim households during the Lunar New Year holiday, and forcing some Muslims to drink alcohol, eat pork, and display emblems of traditional Chinese culture, RFA has learned.

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Demonstrations in London call for an end to Chinese oppression of Uyghur Muslims

Islam21C, 6 February 2019

Demonstrations were held outside the Chinese embassy in London against China’s mass oppression against the Uyghur Muslim minority in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, also known as East Turkestan.

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UN: Act to End China’s Mass Detentions in Xinjiang

Amnesty International, 4 February 2019

By Amnesty International – The United Nations Human Rights Council should adopt a resolution establishing an international fact-finding mission to Xinjiang, the region of China where up to one million Turkic Muslims are being arbitrarily detained, a group of nongovernmental organizations said in a joint statement to UN member states today.

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