Weekly Brief November 3rd

World Uyghur Congress, 3 November 2017

Chinese Authorities Detain At Least 30 of Rebiya Kadeer’s Relatives

The President of the World Uyghur Congress and noted advocate for rights for the Uyghur people, Rebiya Kadeer, has had 11 of her immediate family members and 30 family members in total detained in East Turkestan by Chinese authorities in recent weeks. Ms. Kadeer can’t find any information about the well-being or whereabouts of her detained family members, but speculated that they were “sent to prison or the political re-education camps”.

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Prominent Uyghur Musician Arrested on Unknown Charge

Radio Free Asia, 2 November 2017

By Kurban Niyaz – Popular Uyghur singer and musician Abdurehim Heyit has been arrested without official explanation by authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region, sources say.

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Launch of ‘Friends of Uyghur’ Friendship Group in the European Parliament Brings Together MEPs, NGOs and Public to Celebrate Uyghur Community Culture

UNPO, 20 October 2017

UNPO — On 19 October 2017, the newly formed Uyghur Friendship Group, in collaboration with MEPs Csaba Sógor and Ilhan Kyuchyuk, marked its inaugural event with a celebration of the Uyghur culture. The launch brought together a variety of people including representatives from NGOs, MEPs, members of the Uyghur diaspora and the wider public and drew attention to this people’s vibrant culture, while also calling for the need to protect their cultural rights.

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The Human Costs of Controlling Xinjiang

The Diplomat, 10 October 2017

By Zachary Torrey – The Uyghurs, one of the largest ethnic minority groups in China, have an unfortunate lot. As a group, they possess two key factors which encourage the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to repress them. First, they have a strong ethnic identity which is separate from the principal Han ethnic group which dominates the CCP.

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Weekly Brief October 5th

World Uyghur Congress, 5 October 2017

Uyghur Student Disappears After Arrest in Egypt

A Uyghur student who was studying at the Al-Azhar University in Egypt disappeared on July 16th after being detained by Egyptian authorities and has not been seen or heard from since. His wife has been desperately trying to find any news about the fate or whereabouts of her husband, but so far there has been no information. She spoke about his case and appealed for any information through Radio Free Asia. It was reported that 16 Uyghur students had disappeared after being arrested in Egypt last week and there is great concern that they are at risk of being deported to China.

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China’s new campaign to instil official historical narrative in Xinjiang

South China Morning Post, 14 September 2017

By Nectar Gan – Yu Zhengsheng, the party’s fourth-ranking official who is in charge of religion and ethnic minorities, presided at a high-level meeting in Beijing this week to address “several historical issues” regarding the restive region, official news agency Xinhua reported.

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Xinjiang Authorities Subsidize Uyghurs to Relocate to Han Districts of Urumqi

Radio Free Asia, 25 August 2017

By Eset Sulaiman and Kurban Niyaz – Authorities in the capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang region are offering Uyghur residents large subsidies to relocate from districts dominated by their ethnic group to those largely inhabited by majority Han Chinese as part of a new policy aimed at “promoting unity,” according to official sources.

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