Uyghur Health Workers Forced to Treat Virus Patients in Xinjiang’s Makeshift Quarantine Centers

RFA, 01 March 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo (STR / AFP) / China OUT.

Joshua Lipes – Uyghur health workers from throughout one prefecture in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are being forced to live in hotels in Ghulja (in Chinese, Yining) city set up as quarantine centers to treat patients infected with the coronavirus, according to sources.

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PRESS RELEASE: China Must End Forced Labour and Mass Transfer of Uyghur Detainees

Press Release – For immediate release
1 April 2020
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The WUC is deeply concerned by the Chinese government’s continued practice of forced labour and the mass transfer of Uyghur prisoners and camp detainees to other parts of China to engage in forced labour. While these policies have predated the current novel coronavirus pandemic, they appear to be escalating and growing in severity. It is increasingly apparent that the Chinese government is using furor and panic caused by the current pandemic, to carry out these mass transfers and increase its use of Uyghur forced labour without scrutiny or attention from the international community.

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Schools in Xinjiang Reopen Despite Ongoing Threat of Coronavirus Infection

RFA, 31 March 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo AFP.

Joshua LipesSchools in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have reopened despite the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, according to sources in the region, raising concerns that authorities looking to bolster their reputations as having effectively stemmed the outbreak are putting lives at stake.

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Uyghur High School Teacher Detained in Xinjiang Internment Camp

RFA, 27 March 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo AFP.

A Uyghur high school chemistry teacher is being detained in an internment camp in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), official sources have confirmed.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 27 MARCH 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 27 March 2020

Visit of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to East Turkistan
Weeks after stating UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Ms. Bachelet could visit the camps in East Turkistan at the 43rd Human Rights Council, China’s Communist Party (CCP) officials are already backtracking, delaying and making excuses. In an interview with Axios on HBO on March 22, Ambassador CuiTianka said that the preconditions made by the UN OHCHR are unreasonable and political. The World Uyghur Congress is calling on OHCHR to ensure that Ms. Bachelet has unfettered access during her stay and that her visit is not misused as a propaganda tour by the CCP.

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‘Individual Lives Are The Price of The Ethnocide’: Son of Imprisoned Uyghur Comedian

RFA, 27 March 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo Hidayet Musajan.

Joshua LipesHidayet Musajan, a young Uyghur man living and studying in exile in Turkey, last spoke with his father, a well-known comedian in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) named Musajan Ehmet, in September 2017. Musajan later learned through a friend that his father was sentenced to 20 years in prison for having traveled abroad and flouted family planning policies that require rural ethnic minorities have three children or less.

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‘He’s in a Prison in Urumqi’: Wife of Jailed Uyghur Medicine Wholesaler

RFA, 25 March 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo AFP.

Jilil KashgaryElnur Sidiq, a Uyghur mother of four who lives in exile in Turkey, last heard from her husband Muhemmet Imin Abdulla in March of 2017 before he disappeared back home in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). She learned from sources in the region the following year that Abdulla, the head of traditional medicine wholesaler Xinjiang Tangnuri Co., was detained in an internment camp beginning in October 2017 and sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2018. While Sidiq is certain her husband is being held in a jail in the XUAR capital Urumqi, she doesn’t know which one, and has no information about his legal status or well-being.

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