Decades of service to China’s government didn’t save my Uyghur dad from prison

The Washington Post. 16 April 2021

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In 2017, my family’s nightmare began: Over four decades, my father, Mamat Abdullah, had served China in many posts, including
in the 1990s as the mayor of Korla, the second-largest city in the Xinjiang region. He helped open up trade with other parts of
China for Korla’s agricultural products, including its famous pears. His last government position was as chief of the regional
forestry bureau. He was held in high esteem in Urumqi, the regional capital — my home before I immigrated to the United States.

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China controls the IOC and Olympic sponsors the way it governs its citizens: Through fear

The Washington Post. 14 April 2021

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Noted East Asia scholar Perry Link once called China “the anaconda in the chandelier.” You wouldn’t knowingly let a snake into
your home. Yet it got in. Or, rather, Procter & Gamble and other Olympic sponsors let it in. They unlocked your door and allowed
it to crawl inside, and now you better check what’s coiled around your phone or that pair of shoes in your closet.

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China’s third phase of genocide denial: Attacking those who speak the truth

Washington Post. 18 April 2021

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At first, when a few brave journalists at Radio Free Asia began alerting the world to the terrible events unfolding in western China, China’s Communist rulers denied that anything at all was taking place.

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WEEKLY BRIEF – 16 APRIL 2021

The WUC Endorses the Legal Complaint Against 4 France-Based Companies
The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) endorses the formal complaint submitted by French lawyer William Bourdon, on behalf of Mrs Tursunay Ziyawudun and of the organisations Collectif Éthique Sur l’Étiquette, Sherpa and the European Uyghur Institute (IODE), against four France-based multinational companies.

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Xinjiang: will the West’s sanctions on China force the issue or unravel?

South China Morninng Post. 16 April 2021

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Since 2019, dozens of Chinese officials and companies have been sanctioned or blacklisted by the West over alleged human rights abuses against Uygurs and members of other minorities in China’s western Xinjiang region.In January, alleged widespread use of forced labour in Xinjiang prompted the United States to ban imports of cotton and tomato products from the region, and Canada and Britain to announce similar bans.The latest sanctions in March from the European Union, the US, Britain and Canada mean that specified Chinese officials will be unable to travel to the sanctioning countries, and their assets there will be seized. They will probably have difficulty maintaining bank accounts, even Chinese ones. 

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Batches of 50 to 100 Uighur workers are being advertised on the Chinese internet

Sky News. 16 April 2021

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The Xinjiang government runs an official “labour transfer programme”, according to its 2019 Five Year Plan, “so as to provide more employment opportunities for the surplus rural labour force”.

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Yes, the Atrocities in Xinjiang Constitute a Genocide

Foreign Policy. 15 April 2021

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On his way out of office on Jan. 19, then-U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a determination that China “has committed genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang.” Nobody in the U.S. policy community seriously disputes that atrocities are occurring in Xinjiang—but some analysts have zoomed in on the term “genocide.” Sometimes it seems to be a way of trying to force policies back toward the failed engagement of the past rather than confronting what’s happening in China and rethinking policy accordingly.

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U.S. senators match House bill to assist Uighur refugees

Reuters. 13 April 2021

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A bipartisan pair of U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced a bill to expedite refugee applications from Uighurs, matching an effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to assist members of the largely Muslim ethnic group that advocates say face persecution in China.

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