Turkish Court Rejects China’s Request to Extradite Uyghur Religious Teacher

RFA. 9 April 2021

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A court in the Turkey has rejected a request by Beijing to extradite Uyghur religious teacher Abduqadir Yapchan to China to face “terrorism” charges, his lawyer said, ending years of detention and legal limbo under the threat of harsh Chinese punishment.

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Turkey summons Chinese ambassador in rare spat about treatment of Uyghurs

Financial Times. 7 April 2021

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Ankara has summoned China’s ambassador over a tweet that targeted Turkish politicians critical of the treatment of the country’s Uyghur minority, in a rare show of displeasure with Beijing. The Chinese embassy said it had “a right to respond” after Meral Aksener, chair of the centre-right Good party, and Mansur Yavas, mayor of Ankara, wrote tweets commemorating a 1990 Uyghur uprising in the Chinese region of Xinjiang. A tweet from the embassy’s official account, tagging the Turkish politicians, said it “opposes and violently condemns any sort of challenge to Chinese sovereignty and territorial integrity by any person or power”.

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Turkey summons Chinese ambassador in rare spat about treatment of Uyghurs

Financial Times. 7 April 2021

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Ankara has summoned China’s ambassador over a tweet that targeted Turkish politicians critical of the treatment of the country’s Uyghur minority, in a rare show of displeasure with Beijing. The Chinese embassy said it had “a right to respond” after Meral Aksener, chair of the centre-right Good party, and Mansur Yavas, mayor of Ankara, wrote tweets commemorating a 1990 Uyghur uprising in the Chinese region of Xinjiang.

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WEEKLY BRIEF – 01 April 2021

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UN Experts Concerned about the Situation of Uyghurs
A group of more than 16 independent UN human rights experts have sent a letter to Chinese and multinational companies, raising deep concerns about ‘the alleged arbitrary detention and forced labour’ of Uyghurs. The letter was in response to information that connected over 150 domestic Chinese and foreign-domiciled companies to serious allegations of human rights abuses against Uyghur workers. The WUC joined civil society organisations welcoming this decision, and urged other actors, such as the International Labour Organisation to break its silence on the matter.

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Why Are Some African Governments Shielding China Over Xinjiang?

Human Rights Watch. 29 March 2021

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Africans have endured more than their fair share of atrocities where the perpetrators got off scot-free, a history that has helped inspire a commitment to global solidarity for human rights and justice. As prominent Tanzanian jurist Fatma Karume said, “Those who suggest that there is a democracy for the West and one for Africa, have failed to understand the universality of the human condition.” This was eloquently demonstrated by Gambia’s spirited effort to draw international attention to the plight of the Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority in Myanmar.

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US and Canada hit back at China’s ‘baseless’ sanctions as Xinjiang row deepens

The Guardian. 28 March 2021

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The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has warned that China’s tit-for-tat sanctions against two Americans in the growing dispute over Beijing’s treatment of Uighurs were “baseless” and would only shine a harsh spotlight on the “genocide” in Xinjiang.

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Australia and New Zealand welcome sanctions on China over Uighur abuses but impose none of their own

The Guardian. 23 March 2021

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Australia and New Zealand have raised “grave concerns” about human rights abuses against Muslim minorities in China’s Xinjiang region, citing “the growing number of credible reports” of severe violations.

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The Young Uyghurs Mobilizing to Keep Their Culture Alive

Yes!Magazine. 4 March 2021

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Munawwar Abdulla has a knack for creating the things she wants to see in the world. When she was growing up in Adelaide, Australia, Abdulla was envious of characters in the novels she loved, who always seemed to have a school paper and passed the time investigating mysteries. So, when she was a teen, Abdulla assembled a team at the Uyghur-language school she’d attended as a kid to start a bilingual Uyghur-English magazine for the students, complete with kids games, cultural lessons, and the students’ writing and art.

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