China Uighurs: A model’s video gives a rare glimpse inside internment

BBC news, 4 August 2020

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Merdan Ghappar was used to posing for the camera.

As a model for the massive Chinese online retailer Taobao, the 31-year-old was well paid to flaunt his good looks in slick promotional videos for clothing brands.

But one video of Mr Ghappar is different. Instead of a glitzy studio or fashionable city street, the backdrop is a bare room with grubby walls and steel mesh on the window. And in place of the posing, Mr Ghappar sits silently with an anxious expression on his face.

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Uyghur Women, Rarely Informed About Forced Birth Control Procedures, Suffer Lifelong Complications

RFA, 3 August 2020

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Uyghur women who are forced to undergo birth control procedures in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are rarely informed about their side effects, and regularly experience lifelong health complications they believe are related to the surgeries, according to sources in exile.

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Ireland has moral duty to help end Uighurs’ persecution

The Irish Times, 3 August 2020

Below is an article published by The Irish Times, Photo Gilles Sabrié New York Times

In recent months, the Chinese government has pushed back hard against claims that it is committing cultural genocide in the Uighur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang. In doing so it has defamed, insulted and disparaged the survivors of its horrific system of prison camps.

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The EU’s fight against fashion’s forced labour supply chain

Vogue, 3 August 2020

Below is an article published by Vogue, Photo  Liu Xin/China News Service via Getty Images

Allegations of labour exploitation in the fashion supply chain are rampant. In the month of July alone, UK fast fashion retailer Boohoo was accused of worker exploitation at one of its Leicester suppliers (the company refutes the allegations); advocacy groups alleged that Los Angeles’ garment district put
workers at risk of Covid-19 contagion; and a new report linked Malaysian factories to alleged forced labour.

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World Uyghur Congress, 31 July 2020


Rally in Front of the Siemens Headquarter in Munich
On July 27, the WUC, Society for Threatened People and the Uyghur community held a demonstration in Munich to call on Siemens and its CEO JoeKaeser to respond to allegations that Siemens is complicit in serious human rights violations against Uyghurs in East Turkistan. Siemens is cooperating with the Chinese state company “China Electronic Technology Group” (CETG). CETG developed a special surveillance software on which Uyghurs and others have been detained in one of the more than 1000 internment camps. 

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Women in Xinjiang shine a light on a campaign of abuse and control by Beijing

CNN, 31 July 2020

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(CNN)Zumrat Dawut said she was forcibly sterilized by the Chinese government for having one too many children.

A former resident of Urumqi, the capital of China’s western Xinjiang region, the 38-year-old Uyghur woman said she was fined 18,400 yuan ($2,600) in 2018 for having three children, one more than she was allowed to under Chinese rule.

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Uighur group calls for China to lose 2022 Games over ‘genocide’

France 24, 30 July 2020

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An overseas-based Uighur group urged the IOC on Thursday to reconsider holding the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing because of what it says is China’s “genocide” of the Uighur population.

China’s ruling Communist Party is under growing international pressure over the fate of minorities in its northwestern region of Xinjiang.

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