Angry over campus speech by Uighur activist, Chinese students in Canada contact their consulate, film presentation

The Washington Post, 14 February 2019

By Gerry Shih and Emily Rauhala – The news of a talk by a Uighur activist spread quickly on campus, ricocheting across WeChat, the Chinese messaging app.

A group of Chinese students at McMaster University, in Ontario, learned that Rukiye Turdush, a vocal critic of the Chinese government’s treatment of Uighurs, was set to deliver a presentation about the mass internment of Muslims in China’s far northwest.

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Uighurs fled persecution in China. Now Beijing’s harassment has followed them to Australia

The Washington Post, 8 February 2019

By Rick Noack – Alfiraa Dilshat and Rashida Abdughufur were picnicking in the small seaside town of Victor Harbor in late December when Abdughufur got a video call from her mother.

With Abdughufur living in Adelaide, a city in southern Australia, and her mother in the Xinjiang region of China, it was a rare chance for the two to connect. At first, Abdughufur said, she was excited because she hadn’t talked to her mother in a long time.

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Birthday cards to cheer jailed Canadian in China

The Intelligencer, 23 January 2019

By Intelligencer Staff  – The birthday cards will probably reach the man, but it’s not likely to be a happy birthday.

On March 1, Huseyin Celil, a Canadian, will turn 50 inside a Chinese prison.

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Weekly Brief August 17th

World Uyghur Congress, 17 August 2018

UN Committee to Eliminate Racial Discrimination Questions China About Re-education Camps

There were major developments this past week as the issue of China’s mass arbitrary detention of Uyghurs in internment camps made international news after the issue was brought in the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s review of China. WUC representatives attended the review of China in Geneva, Switzerland, working with NGOs and Members of the Committee to question China on its clear discrimination against the Uyghur population, including its use of internment camps, denial of religious and linguistic freedoms, and countless other issues.

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Chinese Landlord Rents to Uyghurs, is Arrested on ‘Terror’ Charge

Radio Free Asia, 14 August 2018

By Kurban Niyaz – Police in central China’s Henan province have arrested a Chinese landlord who rented his home to three ethnic Uyghurs without approval from the police, charging him with violating “safety precautions” under a provision of China’s Counter-Terrorism Law.

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Hikvision Wins Chinese Government Forced Facial Recognition Project Across 967 Mosques

IPVM, 16 July 2018

By Charles Rollet –Hikvision has won a Chinese government tender which requires that facial recognition cameras be set up at the entrance of every single mosque (nearly 1,000 total) in a part of China under scrutiny for serious violations of religious freedom and human rights.

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Interview: ‘The Most Painful Part of Losing My Mother’

Radio Free Asia, 13 June 2018

Dolkun Isa, the president of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress exile group, recently learned from a close family friend that his mother, Ayhan Memet, died in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) on May 17 at the age of 78.

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Issue 12: Uyghurs’ Smartphones Checked for Religious Content

World Uyghur Congress, 27 May 2018

In clear connection between freedom of expression and movement, Uyghurs are very often stopped and searched by police and are forced to hand over their smartphones. Their phones are then checked for “religious content” deemed unacceptable and are often detained. Simply possessing religious videos or texts can now land Uyghurs in prison on extremism charges. Others have been arrested for trying to “illegally access websites” with religious content.

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