Rubio: Don’t give China a pass on human rights

Politico, 5 January 2020

Politico Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Sunday that he hopes the signing of a U.S.-China trade deal will not prevent the United States from criticizing China on its human rights abuses.

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A Kazakh Dilemma as Beijing Reportedly Seeks Deportation of Former Camp Detainees

The diplomat, 07 January 2020

Catherine Putz After making an appeal via video on December 26, a Kazakh woman who had been detained in Xinjiang in 2017 and subsequently fled to Kazakhstan in 2018 told Radio Free Asia (RFA) that she was at risk of deportation back to China. 

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Weekly Brief: December 27

World Uyghur Congress, 27 December 2019

World Uyghur Congress Organizes Rally in front of Chinese Embassy in Berlin

On 27 December, the World Uyghur Congress, supported by many actors from the civil society of Berlin, organized a rally attracting over a thousand participants to raise awareness in front of the Chinese Embassy for the massive and systematic human rights violations committed against the Uyghur people by China.

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Weekly Brief: December 20

World Uyghur Congress, 20 December 2019

Ilham Tohti is awarded the 2019 Sakharov Prize in the European Parliament in Strasbourg

On December 18, the European Parliament awarded the 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to imprisoned Uyghur economist Ilham Tohti. His daughter, Jewher Ilham was present to accept the award on behalf of her father.

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People Are Pressuring the Olympic Committee to Help Shut Down China’s Uyghur Camps

Vice news, 16 December 2019

Leila Ettachfini The last time Irade Kashgary heard from her grandmother was in 2015. That was the year her grandmother told the family that she’d been placed under house arrest in Xinjiang, an autonomous Uyghur region controlled by China, with no real explanation why.

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China appears to add a sickening new dimension to its treatment of Uighurs

The Washington Post, 17 December 2019 

The Washingtion Post Editorial Board – At a news conference in Beijing recently, the head of China’s Xinjiang province in the far northwest, Shohrat Zakir, said that “trainees” in a notorious archipelago of reeducation camps had all “graduated,” and “with the help of the government, stable employment has been achieved and their quality of life has been improved.”


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The World Uyghur Congress Concludes a Successful Conference and Media Training Workshop in Brussels

From 7 – 10 December, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), in cooperation with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO), held a successful media training workshop for Uyghur activists and a day-long conference entitled ‘The Uyghur Crisis: China’s Laboratory for Rights Abuses’ in Brussels, Belgium.

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Brother of Uyghur Linguist Confirmed Held in Xinjiang Internment Camp For Years

Radio Free Asia, 5 December 2019

Shohret Hoshur – The detained brother of prominent Uyghur scholar and linguist-in-exile Abduweli Ayup has been held at an internment camp near the Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) Airport in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) for “nearly three years,” official sources have confirmed.

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