‘There’s cameras everywhere’: testimonies detail far-reaching surveillance of Uyghurs in China

The Guardian. 30 September 2021

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Abdusalam Muhammad recalls local police interrogating him and his family in their home of Yakan in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region as early as 1995. At the time, his family was deeply involved with the local mosque. His father was the imam, and his grandfather was the mosque’s secretary. As for Muhammad, he said he prayed five times a day, was a “non-smoker” and a “well-behaved man”.

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Uyghurs in Canada Open New Mosque in Former Toronto Catholic Church

RFA. 29 September 2021

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With Koranic recitations and the raising of the blue and white crescent moon and star East Turkestan flag, Uyghurs in Canada opened a mosque and community center on the outskirts of Toronto in a renovated 150-year-old Roman Catholic Church to serve a community of 2,000 members of the Turkic ethnic group.

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Uyghur Tribunal is a litmus test of the human rights establishment

The Hill. 27 September 2021

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What can international human rights law accomplish in the absence of credible international courts? That is the question posed to the world by the Uyghur Tribunal, an “independent people’s court” in London that recently wrapped up its second and final round of hearings. In the face of what is likely today’s most heinous atrocity — and the demonstrated ineptitude of international courts to take on the case — the Uyghur Tribunal’s coming verdict will be a litmus test of the human rights legal establishment, now and in the China-ascendant future.

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Uyghur Exile Group Leader Turned Back Trying to Enter Turkey

RFA. 20 September 2021

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Dolkun Isa, the president of the Munich-based (WUC) exile group, has been turned away at the airport in the Turkish capital Ankara and flown back to Germany Monday, two weeks after he learned that a travel ban against him had been lifted, he and his lawyer said.

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‘Wall of the Disappeared’: U.S.-backed Uyghur exhibit opens in Geneva

Reuters. 16 September 2021

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A U.S.-backed Uyghur photo exhibit of dozens of people who are missing or alleged to be held in Chinese-run camps in Xinjiang, China opened in Switzerland on Thursday amid high tensions over human rights between Beijing and Washington.

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How 9/11 helped China wage its own false ‘war on terror’

AlJazeera. 8 September 2021

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Over the past two decades, the crisis in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has drastically worsened. This has much to do with the major expansion after 2001 of repressive measures directed at suppressing dissent among Uighurs, dressed in the rhetoric of anti-terrorism.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 3 SEPTEMBER 2021

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International Day of the Disappeared 

On August 30, an International Day of the Disappeared the WUC called attention to victims of enforced or involuntary disappearances. Since 2017, almost every Uyghur in the diaspora has a missing relative..  Families of a missing person face continued distress from not knowing their family members whereabouts.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 27 AUGUST 2021

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The World Uyghur Congress Will Convene its 7th General Assembly in November

On August 22, 210 delegates from Uyghur communities in 25 countries were democratically elected. These delegates will convene at the World Uyghur Congress’ (WUC) 7th General Assembly, from 12-14 November in Prague, Czech Republic, to be elected for the WUC’s 16 different committees and board membership, including presidency. During the General Assembly, all sixteen committees of the WUC and its representatives will first report on the organization’s activities from 2017-2021, as well as the financial report of the past four years. Following this, the current board members, including the President, will step down from their positions, and the newly elected delegates will run for board positions and presidency. After the results of the elections have been announced during the General Assembly, the following day(s) will then consist of meetings with the newly elected board and president, in order to plan and strategize on the organization’s priorities and activities for the next three years.

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