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Three years ago, attending a party in the British Uighur community meant singing and dancing, hand-pulled noodles and traditional dress. Celebrations – a way to unite the Turkic peoples of the UK – were organised every month.
In March 2017, Amnesty International Canada, in coordination with other members of the Canadian Coalition on Human Rights in China, published a report to draw attention to an organized and sustained campaign of intimidation and harassment aimed at activists working on China-related human rights issues in Canada, in circumstances suggesting the involvement or backing of Chinese government officials.
Campaign for Uyghurs Call GAP Protest On May 5, the Uyghur Solidarity Campaign organized a social media campaign and call-protest to demand from GAP to stop its involvement with forced labour in East Turkistan.
On November 16, 2019, the New York Times published over 400 documents classified as secret, which had previously been leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). These PDF files, known as the “China Cables”, prove one of the most horrific human rights violations of our times, according to the ICIJ, and provide evidence of what the Chinese government has so far described as “one hundred percent pure lies”: The existence of forced internment camps in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, located in the northwest of China, which were built – according to the conclusion drawn by the Journalists involved – for re-educating over a million Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other ethnic minorities.
China’s tightening curbs on media and speech freedoms compound the hardships of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where authorities stop at nothing to prevent reporting on the close to two million people who have disappeared into internment camps, Uyghur and press advocates said.
As millions of Muslims around the world have begun to observe the holy month the Ramadan, many will have to do so while being confined to their homes, away from friends, family and community, due to the global coronavirus pandemic caused by the CCP’s lack of transparency and mismanagement of the situation. This difficult time has shown the importance of being able to freely practice your religion, participate in community life and enjoy your basic rights and freedoms. These have all been denied to the Uyghur people for years due to the repressive policies of the Chinese government. We urge Muslims all over the world to keep the Uyghur people in their thoughts and prayers during the holy month of Ramadan and to call on their respective governments to demand that China immediately ceases its religious persecution of Uyghurs. The WUC looks forward to a day when Uyghurs can join Muslims all over the world in observing Ramadan, unencumbered by CCP repression.
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Will Knight – MIT has terminated a research collaboration with iFlytek, a Chinese artificial intelligence company accused of supplying technology for surveilling Muslims in the northwestern province of Xinjiang.