Uyghur Journalist Reports on Own Family’s Disappearance, Fights for Release

The Epoch Times, 10 December 2018

By Venus Upadhayaya  Gulchehra Hoja had a childhood full of dance and music in Xinjiang, China. She loved being on camera and dreamt of becoming a TV host. And she did. Hoja hosted shows in Chinese and the Uyghur language and started the first-ever children’s show on Xinjiang TV. She was a known face for Xinjiang viewers.

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Rights Groups Urge Global Pressure on China Over Abuse of Uyghurs on Anniversary of UN Rights Declaration

Radio Free Asia, 10 December 2018

By Joshua Lipes – Rights groups called on the international community to “stand up to the Chinese government” over rights violations against Uyghurs, Tibetans and other ethnic minorities Monday in a joint statement marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

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Joint Press Statement — UN Human Rights Declaration: 70 Year Milestone – Stand Up for Human Rights for All People Under Chinese Rule

World Uyghur Congress, 10 December 2018

As the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is commemorated, there will be much reflection on how far the world has come since 1948, when this “milestone document, which underpins all international human rights law” was created.

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Uyghur Scholar Arrested Over Politically Sensitive Book

Radio Free Asia, 10 December 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have arrested a prominent Uyghur scholar in a case believed linked to the publication of a book deemed “problematic” following its translation and release five years ago, Uyghur sources say.

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Chinese Arabic school to close as areas with Muslim populations are urged to study the Xinjiang way

South China Morning Post, 9 December 2018

By Mimi Lau – The imminent closure of a 34-year-old Arabic language school in China’s northwestern province of Gansu has raised fears that draconian religion policies adopted in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region are applied to other Muslim-populated areas.

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Chinese internment camps are ‘torture centers’ that are ‘worse than death,’ say survivors

Yeni Safak, 8 December 2018

By Yeni Safak – Uyghur Muslim refugees in Turkey recounted the horrors they faced in East Turkestan, also known as Xinjiang, before fleeing Chinese oppression and government-run “torture centers.”

Speaking exclusively to Yeni Şafak daily about their terrifying ordeal, Uyghur refugee mothers detailed the hardships they faced in their homeland and the tough choices they had to make in order to escape.

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Inside China’s audacious global propaganda campaign

The Guardian, 7 December 2018

By Louisa Lim and Julia Bergin – As they sifted through resumes, the team recruiting for the new London hub of China’s state-run broadcaster had an enviable problem: far, far too many candidates. Almost 6,000 people were applying for just 90 jobs “reporting the news from a Chinese perspective”. Even the simple task of reading through the heap of applications would take almost two months.

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Uighur leaders warn China’s actions could be ‘precursors to genocide’

The Guardian, 7 December 2018

By Kate Lyons – Uighur leaders have called on democratic governments to confront China over its treatment of ethnic minority Uighur Muslims, saying the government’s actions against the ethnic minority group are “precursors to genocide”.

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