UK to promote Chinese firm ‘implicated’ in Uighur rights abuses

The Guardian, 17 February 2020

Below is an article published by The Guardian, Photo AFP via Getty Images.

Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Dan Sabbagh The UK government is to promote a Chinese surveillance company that has been blacklisted by the US after it was “implicated” in human rights violations of the country’s Uighur Muslim minority.

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Weekly Brief: 14 February 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 14 February 2020

WUC Delegation Holds Advocacy Meetings with UN Missions

In preparation for the upcoming UN Human Rights Council session later this month, the WUC sent a delegation of representatives to meet with state missions to the UN and UN experts and officials. The delegation met with a large number of state missions over the course of the week, updating them on the current crisis in East Turkistan and pushing them to take concrete and urgent action to address this human rights catastrophe. WUC President Dolkun Isa and staff members met with the US Ambassador Bremberg and the US mission’s human rights team, who again called on China to close the camps and release those in arbitrary detention.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 07 FEBRUARY

World Uyghur Congress, 07 February 2020

Ghulja Massacre

On 05 February 2020, The World Uyghur Congress has called to protest in major cities in commemoration of the 23rd year of the Ghulja Massacre. Uyghurs joined the demonstration organized by The East Tukistan Union in Europe to protest in front of the General Consulate of China in Munich. Protests were held in London, Washington DC, Montreal (I would add more cities).

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Uyghurs and the China Coronavirus

The Diplomat, 05 January 2020

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Munawwar Abdulla The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global public health emergency on January 30. The Chinese government initially heavily obscured the severity of outbreak in the early days, leading to inadequate initial handling and the spread of the virus to other parts of the world. The outbreak that began in Wuhan is now a matter of global concern, with more than 24,000 confirmed total cases in 27 countries and at least 494 deaths.

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Atush Roads Fenced Off, Residents Confined to Homes, as Xinjiang Stares Down Virus Advance

RFA, 04 January 2020

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Shohret Hoshur Authorities in Atush (in Chinese, Atushi), in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), have fenced off the city’s roads, leaving residents confined to their homes and running out of supplies, as they work to control the rapid spread of the deadly novel coronavirus (nCoV), which has been traced back to Hubei province’s Wuhan city.

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Information Concerning Coronavirus Spread in Xinjiang is ‘State Secret’: Official

RFA, 03.02.2020 

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Shohret Hoshur and Mamatjan Juma Information about the novel coronavirus (nCoV) and how it has spread in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) is a “state secret” and cannot be shared with the public, according to a government employee in the region’s capital Urumqi.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 31 JANUARY

World Uyghur Congress, 31 January 2020

Camp Detainees Particularly Vulnerable During Virus Outreak

The WUC is deeply concerned that the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus outbreak, which has affected thousands of people in China, may put the Uyghur people and those detained in camps at particular risk.

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‘If They Hadn’t Tortured My Husband, He Wouldn’t Have Fallen Into a Coma’

RFA, 30.01.2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo courtesy of Munawwar Ablimit

Munawwar Ablimit is a Uyghur mother of two from the prefecture-level city of Karamay (in Chinese, Kelemayi) in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). In 2017, her husband Polat Ibrahim was sent to an internment camp, where authorities have detained as many as 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas beginning that year. In February of 2017, Ibrahim fell into a coma, was sent by camp authorities for 20 days of medical treatment and then released to his home, where he died 10 days later.

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