WEEKLY BRIEF: 27 MARCH 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 27 March 2020

Visit of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to East Turkistan
Weeks after stating UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Ms. Bachelet could visit the camps in East Turkistan at the 43rd Human Rights Council, China’s Communist Party (CCP) officials are already backtracking, delaying and making excuses. In an interview with Axios on HBO on March 22, Ambassador CuiTianka said that the preconditions made by the UN OHCHR are unreasonable and political. The World Uyghur Congress is calling on OHCHR to ensure that Ms. Bachelet has unfettered access during her stay and that her visit is not misused as a propaganda tour by the CCP.

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‘Individual Lives Are The Price of The Ethnocide’: Son of Imprisoned Uyghur Comedian

RFA, 27 March 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo Hidayet Musajan.

Joshua LipesHidayet Musajan, a young Uyghur man living and studying in exile in Turkey, last spoke with his father, a well-known comedian in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) named Musajan Ehmet, in September 2017. Musajan later learned through a friend that his father was sentenced to 20 years in prison for having traveled abroad and flouted family planning policies that require rural ethnic minorities have three children or less.

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‘He’s in a Prison in Urumqi’: Wife of Jailed Uyghur Medicine Wholesaler

RFA, 25 March 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo AFP.

Jilil KashgaryElnur Sidiq, a Uyghur mother of four who lives in exile in Turkey, last heard from her husband Muhemmet Imin Abdulla in March of 2017 before he disappeared back home in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). She learned from sources in the region the following year that Abdulla, the head of traditional medicine wholesaler Xinjiang Tangnuri Co., was detained in an internment camp beginning in October 2017 and sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2018. While Sidiq is certain her husband is being held in a jail in the XUAR capital Urumqi, she doesn’t know which one, and has no information about his legal status or well-being.

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Uyghur Singer Rashida Dawut Sentenced to Prison Term by Xinjiang Authorities

RFA, 24 March 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo RFA.

Shohret Hoshur– A Uyghur singer celebrated for her love ballads has been sentenced to a lengthy prison term for “separatism” following a secret trial in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), according to multiple sources.

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Xinjiang County Sends Uyghur Camp Detainees to Prison, Interior of China

RFA, 19 March 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo courtesy of TikTok.

Shohret Hoshur – All internment camp detainees in one county in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been relocated to prisons or to parts of the country’s interior, according to a local police officer, following reports of similar policies in other parts of the region.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 20 MARCH 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 20 March 2020

Uyghurs in Turkey: “I Thought I Would Be Safe”
This week, npr started issuing a special series on Uyghurs in Turkey. NPR interviewed several people from the Uyghur diaspora in Turkey who told them that they were arbitrarily arrested and humiliated by Turkish authorities to silence their voices. 

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Missing Uyghur Brothers Confirmed Detained in Xinjiang Internment Camp

RFA, 18 March 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo courtesy of Zeytune Memet

A pair of Uyghur brothers missing for years are being held at an internment camp in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), an official source from their township has confirmed, while their sister has been incommunicado for a month and may have been detained.

Mehmut Memet, 23, and his mother, Ayturem Hudesh, went missing from their home township of Aqyar, in Aksu (in Chinese, Akesu) prefecture’s Uchturpan (Wushi) county, in 2017, Mehmut’s Turkey-based sister Zeytune Memet recently told RFA’s Uyghur Service.

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Your favorite Nikes might be made from forced labor. Here’s why.

The Washington Post, 17 March 2020

Below is an article published by  the Washington Post, Photo Anna Fifield/The Washington Post

Vicky Xiuzhong Xu and James Leibold – Vicky Xiuzhong Xu is an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. James Leibold is a nonresident senior fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and head of the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University.

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