Weekly Brief, 29 April 2022


Camp Survivors Protest in Geneva Ahead of UN Rights Chief’s Visit to East Turkistan
On April 25th, four camp survivors started a one-week protest in Geneva. They are calling on the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to meet with them before her visit to East Turkistan, and to publish her overdue human rights report on the situation in the region.

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US sanctioned China’s top facial recognition firm over Uyghur concerns. It still raised millions

The Guardian, 7 January 2022

Below is an article published by The Guardian. Photo Reuters.

SenseTime, China’s largest facial recognition startup, has come under increasing scrutiny by the US government for its alleged role in the surveillance of Uyghurs.

Over the past two years, the US has used sanctions to escalate pressure on the company, first by adding it to the government’s entity list, which restricts US exports to the company, and this December, by banning US investment in the firm.

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China’s appointment of new Xinjiang chief will not change repression of Uyghurs

Radio Free Asia, 27 December 2021

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia. Photo AFP.

China has appointed the governor of coastal Guangdong province as the new Communist Party secretary of its far-western Xinjiang region, replacing Chen Quanguo, considered the architect of the brutal crackdown on Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.

Ma Xingrui, 62, who has governed economically dynamic Guangdong since 2017, will become party chief of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, the official Xinhua news agency said Dec. 25.

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Report documents extensive grassroots policing of Uyghurs in Xinjiang

RFA. 20 October 2021

Below is an article published by RFA. Photo:AFP.

Scores of Chinese government bodies are engaged in an elaborate whole-of-government campaign of repression targeting Muslim Uyghurs in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region, according to report published this week by an Australian think tank.

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Chinese effort to gather ‘micro clues’ on Uyghurs laid bare in report

The Guardian. 19 October 2021

Below is an article published by The Guardian. Photo:AP.

Authorities in the Chinese region of Xinjiang are using predictive policing and human surveillance to gather “micro clues” about Uyghurs and empower neighbourhood informants to ensure compliance at every level of society, according to a report.

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Netherlands working with China in DNA research; Experts concerned

NL Times. 6 October 2021

Below is an article published by NL Times. Photo:Deposit Photos.

Three top Dutch laboratories have been working together with Chinese scientists to develop sensitive DNA techniques for years, RTL Nieuws and Follow the Money reported based on their research. Experts are concerned about this cooperation.

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Whistleblower to Congress: Facebook Knows China and Iran Are Using the Platform to Commit Espionage

PJ Media. 5 October 2021

Below is an article published by PJ Media. Photo:AP.

Facebook may be in hotter water than initially thought after data was leaked showing that the platform increases suicidal ideation in teenagers. Former Facebook executive Frances Haugen dropped a bombshell at a hearing before the Senate Commerce consumer protection, product safety and data security subcommittee on Tuesday when she was asked about the company’s involvement in allowing enemy states like China and Iran to use the platform for nefarious purposes.

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German regulator launches investigation into Chinese mobile phones

Politco. 25 September 2021

Below is an article published by Politco. Photo:AFP.

Germany is launching an investigation into the cybersecurity of certain Chinese mobile phones.

A spokesperson for the German Federal Office for Information Security confirmed the launch of the probe to the newswire DPA, according to news portal Tagesschau.  

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