Weekly Brief: 22 October 2021


Tibetan and Uyghur Activists Take Stand in Athens against Beijing 2022
On October 19th, just hours before the Olympic Torch handover at the Acropolis, rights groups – International Tibet Network, World Uyghur Congress, and Students for a Free Tibet – held an in-person and live-streamed press conference in Athens, Greece. 

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Wang Junzheng, “Butcher of Xinjiang,” Becomes Party Secretary of Tibet

Bitter Winter. 21 October 2021

Below is an article published by Bitter Winter. Photo:Weibo.

The highest authority in Tibet is the Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Region. From 2011 to 2016, this position was held by the notorious Cheng Quanguo, who experimented in Tibet with the brutal methods he would later apply on an even large scale in Xinjiang, where he became CCP Secretary in August 2016.

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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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Senators seek details from U.S. electronics firm on Uyghur labor

Reuters. 20 October 2021

Below is an article published by Reuters. Photo:Reuters.

A group of Democratic and Republican U.S. senators wrote to remote-control maker Universal Electronics Inc (UEIC.O) on Wednesday about concerns the Arizona-based company could be implicated in the mistreatment of Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region.

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IOC Urged To Postpone ‘Genocide’ Beijing Games

The Asean Post. 20 October 2021

Below is an article published by The Asean Post. Photo:AFP.

Activists on Tuesday called for the postponement of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics as China prepared to receive the Olympic flame, a day after a protest disrupted the lighting ceremony in Olympia.

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China: CPC official sanctioned for human rights violations to head Tibet’s party unit

WION. 19 October 2021

Below is an article published by WION. Photo:Reuters.

A senior official sanctioned by the US, the UK, the EU, and Canada for his participation for alleged human rights violations in China’s far western Xinjiang region has been promoted to the top post in Tibet.

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China lights Olympic flame ahead of 2022 Beijing Games

AlJazeera. 20 October 2021

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

China has lit the flame for the 2022 Winter Olympics after the ceremonial torch arrived from Athens, as human rights activists called for a boycott of the tournament over Beijing’s human rights record.

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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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