Weekly Brief: 14 February 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 14 February 2020

WUC Delegation Holds Advocacy Meetings with UN Missions

In preparation for the upcoming UN Human Rights Council session later this month, the WUC sent a delegation of representatives to meet with state missions to the UN and UN experts and officials. The delegation met with a large number of state missions over the course of the week, updating them on the current crisis in East Turkistan and pushing them to take concrete and urgent action to address this human rights catastrophe. WUC President Dolkun Isa and staff members met with the US Ambassador Bremberg and the US mission’s human rights team, who again called on China to close the camps and release those in arbitrary detention.

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Uyghurs and the China Coronavirus

The Diplomat, 05 January 2020

Below is an article published by The Diplomat, Photo 新疆司法行政

Munawwar Abdulla The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global public health emergency on January 30. The Chinese government initially heavily obscured the severity of outbreak in the early days, leading to inadequate initial handling and the spread of the virus to other parts of the world. The outbreak that began in Wuhan is now a matter of global concern, with more than 24,000 confirmed total cases in 27 countries and at least 494 deaths.

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Information Concerning Coronavirus Spread in Xinjiang is ‘State Secret’: Official

RFA, 03.02.2020 

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo AFP

Shohret Hoshur and Mamatjan Juma Information about the novel coronavirus (nCoV) and how it has spread in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) is a “state secret” and cannot be shared with the public, according to a government employee in the region’s capital Urumqi.

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‘If They Hadn’t Tortured My Husband, He Wouldn’t Have Fallen Into a Coma’

RFA, 30.01.2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo courtesy of Munawwar Ablimit

Munawwar Ablimit is a Uyghur mother of two from the prefecture-level city of Karamay (in Chinese, Kelemayi) in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). In 2017, her husband Polat Ibrahim was sent to an internment camp, where authorities have detained as many as 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas beginning that year. In February of 2017, Ibrahim fell into a coma, was sent by camp authorities for 20 days of medical treatment and then released to his home, where he died 10 days later.

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Indonesia’s Silence over Xinjiang

New Naratif, 31 January 2020


Below is an article published by New Naratif, Photo Azamat Imanaliev

Maya Wang, Andreas Harsono If human rights violations of this scope and scale were taking place in Europe or the United States, one would expect Muslim-majority countries, including Indonesia, to have erupted in protest. But so far, there has been little to no response. Why? Because these abuses are taking place in China. 

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UK minister met surveillance firm accused of enabling Uighur abuses

The Guardian, 29 January 2020

Below is an article published by The Guardian, Photo Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images

Kat Hall and David Pegg A government trade minister held a one-on-one meeting with a facial recognition firm accused of enabling the Chinese government’s campaign of persecution against Uighur Muslims, the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism have established.

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Confirmed Xinjiang Coronavirus Cases Jump to 10 Amid Concerns of Spread in Internment Camps

RFA, 28 January 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo AFP

A virus traced back to China’s Hubei province has infected 10 people in the country’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where experts warned that poor conditions at internment camps could lead to an epidemic after authorities confirmed the first two cases in the region last week.

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