Below is an article published by The Guardian. Photo Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.
Uighurs and other Muslim minorities would be given the right to petition a UK high court judge to declare that genocide is taking place in China, requiring the UK government to curtail trade ties with Beijing, under proposals brought by MPs and peers.
On 1st October, the 71st anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, a coalition of human rights groups representing Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hongkongers, Southern Mongolians, Taiwanese and Chinese human rights defenders are launching a Global Day of Action.
The first pair of enforcers were waiting at the temperature check before baggage claim at the airport in China’s western Xinjiang region. “Passports,” they said as the three foreign journalists came off a domestic flight from Beijing this month.
While the attention of the world is increasingly focused on China’s treatment of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, Beijing’s restrictions on religion are spreading to other areas of the country – including a small community of Muslims thousands of kilometres to the south.
Brussels, 28 September 2020 – On 1st October, the 71st anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, the World Uyghur Congress, the International Campaign for Tibet, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation, the Belgian Uyghur Association, Lungta – Actief voor Tibet and the Tibetan Community in Belgium are organizing a demonstration in Brussels in order to call on the EU to take urgent and concrete action to hold China accountable for its serious human rights violations. The joint protest will take place from 13:00-14:00 on Petite Rue de la Loi near Schuman roundabout.
Brushing aside condemnation from Western powers, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, called his policies in the ethnically divided region of Xinjiang a “totally correct” success, and vowed more efforts to imprint Chinese national identity “deep in the soul” of Uighurs and other largely Muslim minorities.
New Study Finds China has Built 380 Internment Camps in East Turkistan since 2017
On September 24th, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) released The Xinjiang Data Project, an online database bringing together rigorous, empirical research on the human rights situation for Uyghurs and other groups in East Turkistan. It focuses on a core set of topics including mass internment camps, surveillance and emerging technologies, forced labour and supply chains, the ‘re-education’ campaign, deliberate cultural destruction and other human rights issues.