Western corporations are complicit in the Uighur crisis

Varsity, 16 October 2020

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History should have taught us that the evil of genocide will always try and disguise itself as something more palatable. Rather than explicitly proclaim the eradication of an ethnic group as in Rwanda, genocide is often concealed as something more banal; seen in the way the Jews were first hidden from the public eye in ghettoes before being sent to death camps. The state never claims to be perpetrating evil; rather, they appeal to the majority’s fears and rationale. I want us to remember that insidious chameleonic side of genocide when we read of China’s “people’s war on terror”. Part of that “war” has seen at least a million Uighurs “interned” in Vocational Education and Training Centres; justified out of a concern for public safety, it is portrayed as benevolent “re-education.” Despite regional government claims that the program has concluded, new satellite imagery purports to show detention camps being built and others expanded, reaching a total of 380 discovered facilities.

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British lawmakers call for sanctions over Uighur human rights abuses

ICIJ, 14 October 2020

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A group of British lawmakers has called for sanctions against Chinese officials responsible for human rights violations against the Uighur minority and for trade restrictions on goods made with forced Uighur labor.

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Uyghur Former Volleyball Star on Crutches After Developing Kidney Condition in Xinjiang Camp

Radio Free Asia, 14 October 2020

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A Uyghur former high school volleyball star who was recently released from an internment camp in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) suffered health problems in the facility that were so severe that he is unlikely to ever play his sport again, according to local officials.

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EU lawmakers brand Huawei, ZTE ‘high-risk’ 5G vendors

Politico, 14 October 2020

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A group of prominent members of the European Parliament have singled out Chinese 5G vendors Huawei and ZTE as “high-risk” companies that pose a security threat to network security in Europe, according to a letter obtained by POLITICO.

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China insists Genghis Khan exhibit not use words ‘Genghis Khan’

The Guardian, 14 October 2020

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A French museum has postponed an exhibit about the Mongol emperor Genghis Khan citing interference by the Chinese government, which it accuses of trying to rewrite history.

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China Confirms Jailing of Five Missing Relatives of Netherlands-Based Uyghur Activist

Radio Free Asia, 12 October 2020

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At least five of nearly 20 missing relatives of a Netherlands-based Uyghur activist have been sentenced to prison, he recently learned, after receiving a letter confirming the incarcerations from the Chinese government in response to an inquiry by the Dutch foreign ministry.

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Pilgrimage to Mecca Allowed Only for “Patriotic” Chinese Muslims

Bitter Winter, 13 October 2020

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On October 12, the State Administration of Religious Affairs (which still exists, although some of its activities are now managed by the United Front) has published its 2020 “Measures for Administration of Islamic Haji Affairs.” It is a detailed regulation in 42 articles, which will come into force on December 1, 2020.

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China furious with global outcry over Xinjiang and Hong Kong

DW, 08 October 2020

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In the declaration drafted by Germany and presented at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, 39 predominantly Western countries denounced China for gross human rights violations in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang and the autonomous region of Tibet, and for limiting political and personal freedoms in Hong Kong. 

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