‘Truth and reconciliation’: Excerpts from the Xinjiang Clubhouse

SupChina. 3 March 2021

Below is an article published by SupChina. Photo:AFP

On Saturday, February 6, two days before it would be banned across China, the social media app Clubhouse had a defining moment. As numerous news outlets have reported, a room called “Is there a concentration camp in Xinjiang?” attracted a brief flourishing of speech and free discussion among Chinese people in the era of state censorship.

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Weekly Brief – 25 February 2021

NEWS:

Canadian House of Commons Recognizes Uyghur Genocide
On the 22nd of February, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) applauded the adoption of a Opposition Motion Bill in the House of Commons of Canada, acknowledging China’s crackdown on Uyghurs and other Turkic people, as genocide.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC REMEMBERS VICTIMS OF THE GHULJA MASSACRE ON 24RD COMMEMORATIVE DAY

Press Release – For immediate release
04 February 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
www.uyghurcongress.org 
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

On the 24th anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) remembers the victims of the incident where hundreds of Uyghurs were arrested, wounded or killed during a violent crackdown on peaceful protesters by Chinese security forces. The event has proven to be a significant precedent for the further brutal repression which by now has culminated into a full-scale genocide against the Uyghur people by the Chinese government.

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Statement: Coalition Calls on IOC to Announce Human Rights Due Diligence Plan ahead of Beijing 2022 Olympics

End Uyghur Forced Labour, 03.02.2021
Below is an article published by End Uyghur Forced Labour, Photo End Uyghur Forced Labour.

The Coalition to End Uyghur Forced Labour joins the call for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to articulate its human rights due diligence plan this month, in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics—one year ahead of the start of the Games.

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PRESS RELEASE: Over 180 Rights Groups and Activists call on Governments to Commit to a Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing 2022 

Press Release – For immediate release
03 February 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

Activists warn anything less will be an endorsement of China’s blatant disregard for civil and human rights

The IOC has failed to uphold ‘Olympic Values’ so far, but still have time to reverse past mistakes’ 

Today, just one-year ahead of the opening of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, a coalition of Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, Hong Kong, Taiwanese, Chinese Democracy, and human rights campaign groups issued an open letter [1] to governments warning they must support a diplomatic boycott the Games or risk emboldening China’s appalling rights abuses and crackdowns on dissent. The letter was launched as part of a global campaign marking the year-countdown to the proposed opening of the 2022 Games. [2]  

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WEEKLY BRIEF, 29 JANUARY 2021

News

Leaked Chinese Police Database Reveals Mass Surveillance of Uyghurs
On 29 January, the Intercept analyzed millions of leaked files from a massive Chinese police database, centered on Ürümqi, which offer an inside view of mass surveillance facilitating repression and arbitrary detainment of Uyghurs in the internment camp system. The analysis reveals that police use community informants such as text messages, phone contacts, e-commerce and banking records to collect massive amounts of information on Uyghurs in Ürümqi. Moreover, invasive surveillance techniques are found to watch for signs of religious enthusiasm, which are generally equated with extremism. Wearing a long beard or a headscarf, talking to relatives living abroad, or visiting other countries are hence categorized by the Chinese government as extremist behaviour. These categorizations mirror those of the earlier reported “Aksu list”. Together, these government files show how Uyghurs are targeted by Chinese authorities for everyday, lawful behaviour.

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China seized my sister. Biden must fight for her and all enslaved Uighurs

The Washington Post, 25 January 2021

Below is an article published by the Washington Post. Photo Emrah Gurel/AP

Rushan Abbas is the founder and executive director of Campaign for Uyghurs.

On Sept. 11, 2018, the Chinese regime took away my sister, Gulshan Abbas. On Christmas Day in 2020, more than 27 months later, we finally heard news that she was sentenced to 20 years in prison in a sham trial. Gulshan, a medical doctor, has most likely been pressed into forced labor as part of the Chinese regime’s prison system. And so, for the past two years, our entire family has been living in daily torment, constantly reminded that many of the household and clothing items, as well as shoes, that surround us may have been produced by my own sister’s enslavement.

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EEAS: Statement by the Spokesperson on sentencing of journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders

European External Action Services (EEAS), 29 December 2020

Below is a statement published by the EEAS.

The restrictions on freedom of expression, on access to information, and intimidation and surveillance of journalists, as well as detentions, trials and sentencing of human rights defenders, lawyers, and intellectuals in China, are growing and continue to be a source of great concern.

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