Four Uyghurs Facing Persecution After Deportation by Saudi Arabia to China Identified

Radio Free Asia, 16 October 2020

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Saudi Arabian authorities have deported at least four Uyghurs to China over the past four years who were either visiting the country as part of the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca or living in the country legally, putting them at risk of extralegal detention back home, according to relatives and other sources.

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Winter Olympics: threat of boycotts clouds China’s ‘joyful rendezvous’ in the snow

The Guardian, 19 October 2020

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Ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing and neighbouring cities, China is working overtime to make sure the event is a success.

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‘Something close’ to genocide in China’s Xinjiang, says U.S. security adviser

Reuters, 16 October 2020

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The U.S. national security adviser said on Friday that China was perpetrating “something close to” a genocide with its treatment of Muslims in its Xinjiang region.

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Justin Trudeau hits back at China after threat to Canadians in Hong Kong

The Guardian, 16 October 2020

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Canada will continue to defend human rights in China, prime minister Justin Trudeau has pledged, after a top Chinese diplomat warned Ottawa against welcoming Hong Kong pro-democracy activists.

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More questions on human rights for Beijing Winter Olympics

AP News, 16 October 2020

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Zumretay Arkin posed a question in a recent on-line meeting with Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., the prominent International Olympic Committee member who oversees preparations for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

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WEEKLY BRIEF, 16 OCTOBER 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 16 October 2020

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WUC Regrets China’s Re-Election to UN Human Rights Council
In anticipation of the elections for the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), UK member of Parliament and shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy has urged the UK government to vote against the re-election of China, the Guardian reported on 10 October. In a letter addressed to UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab, Nandy called for blocking China’s election given its genocidal campaign against the Uyghur people in East Turkistan. “Labour is calling on the government to oppose China’s election to the UN human rights council […] and make clear to the world the reasons for doing so,” she wrote. “In the current circumstances, China cannot be regarded as meeting the required standards.” Nandy’s message rearticulated repeated calls from other politicians and civil society groups, including the World Uyghur Congress, to oppose China’s seat in the HRC.

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Orphaned by the state: How Xinjiang’s gulag tears families apart

The Economist, 16 October 2020

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For Zumrat Dawut’s three children, Fridays were terrifying. That was the day when officials would question students at their schools in Urumqi, the regional capital of Xinjiang in China’s far west. The interrogators were looking for clues about their lives at home. They wanted to know whether parents prayed or used Islamic greetings at home, or talked to the children about the prophet Muhammad. The information they gleaned could result in a family member being sent to a “vocational training centre”, the government’s euphemism for a camp in Xinjiang’s new gulag.

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I am an Uighur who faced China’s concentration camps. This is my story.

Varsity, 16 October 2020

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In early 2017, life looked bright for 41-year old Ӧmir Bekali. A proud father of three, he had a Tourism degree, a small business and several managerial positions under his belt. He was set to lead the Kazakh delegation to the upcoming international Astana Trade Exposition, an event which typically draws in millions.

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