Ministerial for Religious Freedom in Taiwan: “End Persecution in China”

Bitter Winter, 12 March 2019

By Massimo Introvigne – On March 11, 2019, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen opened the event “A Civil Society Dialogue on Securing Religious Freedom in the Indo-Pacific Region” at the Howard Plaza Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Activist Under House Arrest in Kazakhstan, Prompting Fears of Pressure From China

Radio Free Asia, 11 March 2019

By RFA’s Uyghur Service – Authorities in Kazakhstan have placed activist Serikzhan Bilash under house arrest for two months on charges of “inciting ethnic hatred” after he campaigned for the release of fellow ethnic Kazakhs from detention in China, prompting concerns the move was made in response to pressure from Beijing.

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Three Uyghur Journalists Among 33 Women Jailed Globally For Reporting: Media Watchdog

Radio Free Asia, 8 March 2019

By Joshua Lipes – New York-based media watchdog the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) marked International Women’s Day Friday by highlighting nearly three dozen women imprisoned around the world for their work as reporters—three of whom are Uyghurs from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

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Xinjiang ‘Re-education Camps’ Target Cultural, Religious Identity of Uyghurs: US Envoy

Radio Free Aisa, 08 March 2019

By Joshua Lipes  Political “re-education camps” in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) were “created to wipe out the cultural and religious identity” of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities as part of Beijing’s wider “war with faith,” U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said Friday.

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Report of a former prisoner

Society for Threatened Peoples, 11 March 2019

By STP  Omer Bekali was kept detained in a Chinese reeducation camp in the province of Xinjiang (East Turkestan) for eight months. In the scope of a joint press conference of the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) and the World Congress of the Uyghurs (WUC) in Berlin, he reported on the conditions in the camps and on the enormous pressure on the prisoners. Representatives of both organizations demanded the international community to initiate independent investigations of the camps.

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Astana Tries to Silence China Critics

Foreign Policy, 11 March 2019

By Reid Standish – For the past two years, the organization Atajurt Eriktileri (“Homeland Volunteers”) has been on the front lines of documenting and raising awareness about the mass detentions in the Chinese region of Xinjiang. Atajurt is a Kazakhstan-based organization of volunteer activists and family members who have lost relatives to China’s crackdown on mostly Muslim minorities, principally Uighurs but also ethnic Kazakhs and others.

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‘The Chinese Government is at War With Faith.’ U.S. Official Denounces Religious Crackdown in China

Time, 12 March 2019

By Amy Gunia – U.S. diplomat Samuel Brownback denounced China’s treatment of the Uighur minority during a teleconference call Tuesday. Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group, make up roughly 40% of the population of the northwestern province of Xinjiang. According to the U.N., an estimated 1 million Uighurs are being held in internment camps in Xinjiang.

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‘India must speak up for Uyghurs and Tibetans’

Deccan Herald, 11 March 2019

By DH News Service – China has imprisoned over a million Uyghur Muslims in “re-education camps” in its Xinxiang Autonomous Region in what it calls its “fight against terrorism and religious extremism.”

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