As repression mounts, China under Xi Jinping feels increasingly like North Korea

The Washington Post, 29 September 2020

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The first pair of enforcers were waiting at the temperature check before baggage claim at the airport in China’s western Xinjiang region. “Passports,” they said as the three foreign journalists came off a domestic flight from Beijing this month.

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‘Chilling’: Australian press fight with China goes global

The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 September 2020

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European leaders are becoming increasingly concerned about China’s crackdown on press freedom after two Australian journalists were forced to leave Beijing, as global outrage over the case grows and business warns of an investment exodus.

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How China uses Muslim press trips to counter claims of Uighur abuse

The Guardian, 23 August 2020

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Journalist Sherif Sonbol was taking pictures of ethnic dancers during an official tour of China’s far western Xinjiang province when he noticed a room full of women being trained to use sewing machines. He realised he was in one of Beijing’s network of political indoctrination camps, where – according to the United Nations – China is detaining up to one million members of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority.

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Pope Francis can no longer be silent on Uyghur genocide

UCAnews, 10 August 2020

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On Aug. 8, some 76 faith leaders from around the world issued a powerful statement calling for action to stop atrocities against the Uyghurs and other Muslims in China that they describe as “one of the most egregious human tragedies since the Holocaust.”

Myanmar’s Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, and Indonesia’s Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo were among the senior figures calling for an investigation into grave human rights violations against the Uyghurs.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Calls on International Olympic Committee to Reconsider China’s Hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics

Press Release– For immediate release
30 July 2020
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

 The WUC calls on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reconsider allowing China to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and to urgently address concerns raised by the WUC and other parties, given that the Chinese government is actively committing genocide, crimes against humanity, torture and other atrocities against Uyghurs. This decision is in contravention of the values and principles articulated in the Olympic Charter and to the spirit of the Olympics games. 

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Covid-19 outbreak in Xinjiang prompts fears of spread inside China’s camps

The Guardian, 28 July 2020

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Rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in the Xinjiang region has sparked fears the outbreak could reach the secretive internment camps where China is believed to have detained more than a million Muslim minority people.

On Monday, Chinese health authorities reported 68 new cases of Covid-19, including 57 in the far western region of Xinjiang, bringing the area’s reported total to 235. After a reported five-month streak of no infections in Xinjiang, the outbreak that began almost two weeks ago has appeared to take hold in the capital city of Urumqi, and spread to Kashgar about 300km away.

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