‘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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HRW says China poses ‘dire’ threat to human rights

DW, 14 January 2020

wmr/se (Reuters, AFP, dpa) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a scathing assessment of China in its 2020 World Report on Tuesday, accusing Beijing of using its economic and diplomatic leverage to carry out the “most intense attack” ever on the international system for protecting human rights. 

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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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US House votes for sanctions on Chinese officials over Uighur treatment

BBC, 04.12.2019

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to counter what it calls the “arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment” of Uighur Muslims in China.

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‘Deeply disturbing’ footage surfaces of blindfolded Uyghurs at train station in Xinjiang

ABC News, 23 September 2019

By Erin Handley – The footage purportedly shows dozens of Uyghur men — their heads freshly shaved —blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs during a mass transfer at a train station in the north-west region of China.

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Pompeo: Reject Beijing’s Demands To Send Ethnic Uyghurs Back To China

Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, 22 September 2019

By RFERL – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on all countries to reject Beijing’s demands to repatriate ethnic Uyghurs to China, where they face repression.

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Is It the Beginning of the End of Human Suffering in Xinjiang?

Bitter Winter, 15 September 2019

Marco Respinti – China can’t hide the crimes it commits in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region(that Uyghurs prefer to call East Turkestan) anymore.

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Uyghur Exile Group Slams ‘Groundless’ Claims by China of Ties to Terrorism Ahead of UN Rights Council

Radio Free Asia, 28 August 2019

By Adile Ablet – Claims made by China to U.N. member states that the head of a Uyghur exile group is a “terrorist” wanted for criminal activities are “groundless,” his organization said in a statement, suggesting Beijing is seeking to silence criticism of its repressive policies in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

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