Weekly Brief March 1st

World Uyghur Congress, 1 March 2019

States Raise Uyghur Human Rights Crisis During UN Human Rights Council Session

Despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to silence criticism and avoid scrutiny about its horrific repression of Uyghurs and numerous other human rights violation ahead of the 40thsession of the UN Human Rights Council, the human rights crisis in East Turkistan and the mass arbitrary detention of millions of innocent Uyghurs was raised once more by a number of states in their opening addresses at the session.

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China Has Been Telling Lies About the Concentration Camps

The Epoch Times, 28 February 2019

By Tahir Imin Uighurian – From denying the existence of the concentration camps to transferring thousands of Uighur prisoners to prisons in other provinces in China, Chinese authorities have been lying to the international community.

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China presses tough message to diplomats on Xinjiang’s ‘murderous devils’

Reuters, 1 March 2019

By Ben Blanchard & Michael Martina – China is taking an increasingly strident tone as it defends its de-radicalization program in western Xinjiang, telling foreign diplomats recently that “absurd preachings” from Islamist extremists there had turned some people into “murderous devils”.

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Xinjiang Authorities Grant 24-Hour Releases to Uyghur Detainees For ‘Good Behavior’

Radio Free Asia, 28 February 2019

By Shohret Hoshur  Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are temporarily releasing Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities from political “re-education camps” who have demonstrated “good behavior” in detention, according to sources.

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Shadows on Upcoming China’s Universal Periodic Review

Bitter Winter, 27 February 2019

By Marco Respinti – On November 6, 2018, China underwent its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the United Nations in Geneva. The final act is expected within days when the troika, composed of Hungary, Kenya and Saudi Arabia, will write the concluding report.

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Thermo Fisher’s necessary, but insufficient, decision to halt genetic ID tech to China

Hong Kong Free Press, 26 February 2019

By Sophie Richardson, China Director – Thermo Fisher Scientific, a large US-based medical technology manufacturer, announced this week it would stop selling human identification technology in China’s Xinjiang region. After more than a year of unanswered questions from Human Rights Watch, members of the US Congress, and others – culminating in a damning New York Times exposé of its sales in Xinjiang – Thermo Fisher chalked the decision up to “fact-specific assessments.”

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Students team up to combat Uyghur crisis

Yale Daily News, 26 February 2019

By Kelly Wei  A team of graduate and undergraduate students, supported by the Paul China Tsai Center at Yale, have partnered together to raise awareness of human rights abuses against the Uighurs — a predominantly Muslim minority in China — through outreach, petitioning and work with Uighurs in the United States.

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Muslim Leaders Condemn Uighur Internment Camps

Freedom United, 24 February 2018

By Freedom United –  More than 130 Muslim leaders and scholars in the United States have a signed a letter condemning the persecution of the Uighur ethnic minority in China’s far western Xinjiang province.

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