Beijing accused of using hostage policy against overseas Uyghur activists after Uyghur woman died in detention in Xinjiang

William Wang. 13 June 2021

Below is an article published by William Wang. Photo:AFP.

Over the last few weeks, several family members of overseas Uyghur activists have been given heavy sentences or have died in re-education camps in Xinjiang. While acknowledging the fact that their family members will have to suffer from their activism, these overseas activists said they have the moral obligation to keep speaking out for the Uyghurs.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 11 JUNE 2021

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The Uyghur Tribunal Holds its First Set of Hearings
From June 4 to 7, the Uyghur Tribunal held its first set of four-day hearings, during which dozens of fact and expert witnesses testified about their experiences of, and research findings on, the Uyghur crisis. Over the course of these four days, the Uyghur Tribunal’s expert panel heard various camp survivors, who described systematic rape and other forms of gender-based violence, torture, killings, and other forms of severe maltreatment.

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China’s Uyghurs living in a ‘dystopian hellscape’, says Amnesty report

The Guardian. 10 June 2021

Below is an article publioshed by The Guardian. Photo:Reuters.

Amnesty International has collected new evidence of human rights abusesin the Xinjiang region of China, which it says has become a “dystopian hellscape” for hundreds of thousands of Muslims subjected to mass internment and torture.

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Uyghurs are being deported from Muslim countries, raising concerns about China’s growing reach

CNN. 8 June 2021

Below is an article published by CNN. Photo:AFP.

Amannisa Abdullah and her husband, Ahmad Talip, were on their way to shop for baby clothes in Dubai, when the message that changed both their lives came through. Ahmad read it and announced an abrupt change of plan: He had to report to a police station immediately. 

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Families of Activists Who Flee Xinjiang Pay a Heavy Price

Human Rights Watch. 9 June 2021

Below is an article published by Human Rights Watch. Photo:AFP.

For members of the Uyghur diaspora – people of Turkic descent who have left the Xinjiang region of China, where state repression runs deep – the decision to speak publicly about arbitrarily detained family members or to criticize human rights violations can be excruciating. Will doing so bring greater protection or greater torment to their family members effectively held hostage by Xinjiang authorities?

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Why G7 backing TCFD is ‘enormously important’

Financial Times. 9 June 2021

Below is an article published by Financial Times. Photo:Reuters.

Uyghur rights groups pressure asset managers on Zara parent

The human rights crisis in Xinjiang has pitted Europe and the US against China — and clothing companies are caught in the middle. Now, asset managers are being pulled into the fray.

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Cambridge professor whose role was ‘funded by China’ cautioned against Uyghur debate

Open Democracy. 5 June 2021

Below is an article published by Open Democracy. Photo:Robert Evans / Alamy Stock Photo.

ACambridge professor, who took a role allegedly funded by the family of China’s former prime minister, has cautioned students against holding debates on Uyghur human rights abuses, openDemocracy can reveal.

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