Why is the Catholic church silent on the Uighurs?

The Article, 12 August 2020

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Two weeks ago, the President of the Board of Jewish Deputies, Marie van der Zyl, sent an open letter to Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese Ambassador to Britain. She wrote that “nobody could fail to notice the similarities between what is alleged to be happening in the People’s Republic of China today and what happened in Nazi Germany 75 years ago”. Foreign Policy had previously printed a story about the discovery of 13 tons of Uighur hair. Van der Zyl cited Uighurs loaded forcibly onto trains, men forced to trim their beards, women sterilised and the “grim spectre of concentration camps”. The Board of Jewish Deputies letter was courageous in challenging stereotypes of Muslim-Jewish relations.

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Turkey remains silent as world rallies around Uighurs

Ahval, 12 August 2020

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A wave of global support has emerged in recent weeks for the persecuted Uighur people in China’s western Xinjiang province, but this momentum has yet to inspire any Muslim majority country, including supposed Uighur ally Turkey, to denounce Beijing’s Uighur crackdown, which some describe as genocide.

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We Face the Specter of Genocide in Xinjiang | Opinion

Newsweek, 12 August 2020

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“Genocide” is a word that should only be used with great caution in the world of international relations and human rights. If genocide is recognized and verified, it imposes an unconditional moral obligation to intervene to stop the extermination of the victimized group. We are correct to preserve a narrow definition of the term, and to apply it only in cases that reach the threshold of horror it signifies; otherwise, the term will lose its meaning.

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The Panopticon Is Already Here

The Atlantic, 8 August 2020

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Northwest of beijing’s Forbidden City, outside the Third Ring Road, the Chinese Academy of Sciences has spent seven decades building a campus of national laboratories. Near its center is the Institute of Automation, a sleek silvery-blue building surrounded by camera-studded poles. The institute is a basic research facility. Its computer scientists inquire into artificial intelligence’s fundamental mysteries. Their more practical innovations—iris recognition, cloud-based speech synthesis—are spun off to Chinese tech giants, AI start-ups, and, in some cases, the People’s Liberation Army.

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Two of Three Mosques in Xinjiang Village Razed Amid Campaign Targeting Muslim Holy Sites

RFA, 11 August 2020

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Authorities in Atush (in Chinese, Atushi) city, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), have razed two of three mosques in the village of Suntagh, according to a local security officer, amid a campaign that has seen thousands of Muslim holy sites destroyed in recent years.

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The Story of Rizwangul: A Uyghur Woman in Search of a Brother Who “Disappeared”

Bitter Winter, 8 August 2020

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Mewlan. Beloved brother, husband, father, son, and friend. Wrenched from a cafeteria during his lunch break, hooded, shackled, and hauled away by machine gun brandishing police officers. Kept in a holding cell while his fate was determined, terrified out of his wits, moved to an internment camp, and finally after several months and at least one false alarm that he was to be released, sentenced to nine years in prison. His only crime as far as anyone could tell was simply that of being a Uyghur.

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Oppression of Uyghur ethnic minority group under Chinese Communist Party calls for international action

The advocate, 6 August 2020

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To be forced out of your home, separated from your family, and placed into an internment camp with the chilling possibility of being tortured or forcibly sterilised based upon your ethnicity is the reality for over 1 million Uyghur people living in Xinjiang, China.

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US farm brand John Deere at forefront of surging cotton machinery sales to Xinjiang, as human rights sanctions loom

South China Morning Post, 8 August 2020

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At a Chinese government-owned John Deere showroom in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region – the heartland of China’s cotton industry – manager Mr Hu worries that coming US sanctions over human rights abuses will cut him off from the “impeccable, super-efficient” cotton-harvesting machines he sells to industrial-scale farms across the region.

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